All three Audi R8 LMS teams finished in the top six, after one of the toughest 24-hour races in recent memory; overcoming 15 hours of rain, near-freezing temperatures and 21 yellow flags.
In one of the most challenging and competitive races to kick off the IMSA 2017 season, the #29 Audi R8 LMS of Land Motorsports took second place following a nail-biting finish that was separated by less than three-tenths of second after 24- hours of racing. All three Audi R8 LMS teams finished in the top six spots, capturing valuable points which place Audi in striking distance for the lead in the championship.
The #57 of Stevenson Motorsports returned to Daytona for the second time in the Audi R8 LMS, this time running a flawless race and delivering an impressive fourth place finish less than six seconds behind the class winner. Stevenson Motorsports’ smart strategy, strong crew and skilled drivers were the force behind their success.
The #23 Audi R8 LMS of Alex Job Racing finished in sixth place in their first race with the new car. Achieving a sixth place finish after receiving a significant penalty early in the race, wet and almost icy track conditions and a radio communications issue showcases the drive, talent and professionalism of this storied race team.
Audi began a new chapter in 2009 with the introduction of the Audi Sport customer racing program. For the first time, it was possible for motorsport customers to acquire a race car designed for the track. Since inception, the success of the R8 LMS has been significant throughout GT3 racing series worldwide, with multiple victories in the Pirelli World Challenge since 2012. The all-new R8 LMS had strong endurance racing debuts, winning both the 2015 24 hours of Nürburgring and the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona, concluding the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech season with the Manufacturer’s Championship in GTD. The Audi R8 LMS shares more than 50 percent of its parts with the Audi R8 street car including the naturally aspirated V10 5.2 liter engine, the Audi Space Frame and a variety of other components. Learn more at www.audiusa.com/motorsport.
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