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Scott Sharp's team takes 24 Hours of Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH — Scott Sharp celebrated a second win at the 24 Hours of Daytona on Sunday, 20 years after his first victory in a race that saw most of the top contenders fall out.

Sharp's Extreme Speed Motorsports Prototype class car gave Honda its first Daytona win, 26 seconds over Wayne Taylor Racing. Sharp, Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek and newcomer Luis Felipe Derani, a Brazilian in his first career sports car race, shared driving duties for the endurance classic.

Derani, 22, did the bulk of the work, taking the lead almost every time he took the wheel of the Ligier chassis.

"It hasn't sunk in yet, but it's amazing," said Sharp, who won in 1996 as a co-driver for Wayne Taylor Racing. "It's truly amazing. I've come so close to winning this race a couple of times."

Only two cars finished on the lead lap, with the tightest battle far behind the leaders in the GT Le Mans class between two Corvettes. The team gave drivers Oliver Gavin and Antonio Garcia the go-ahead to race each other hard in the final 30 minutes. The two yellow Corvettes battled several times side by side before Gavin passed Garcia with about three minutes left, going on to win by 0.034 seconds along with co-drivers Marcel Fassler and Tommy Milner.

Katherine Legge became the first woman to lead the race in its 54-year history, driving the No. 0 DeltaWing Prototype entry, which was eliminated in a crash late Saturday.

Action Express Racing, the 2014 winners, broke an axel with under four hours left. The No. 5 Corvette was leading when the car went to the garage.

Chip Ganassi Racing's "star car" lost 10 laps overnight with a brake problem — a problem that appeared to bite Kyle Larson, sending him crashing into a tire barrier and ending the car's race.

Magnus Racing — with Andy Lally, John Potter, Marco Seefried and Rene Rast driving — won the GT Daytona class. The Prototype Challenge class went to the JDC-Miller Motorsports Oreca Chevy driven by Chris Miller, Stephen Simpson, Misha Goikhberg and Kenton Koch.

The Chip Ganassi GT Le Mans entry co-driven by St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais finished 31st overall and seventh in its class, 46 laps down.

Scott Sharp's team takes 24 Hours of Daytona 01/31/16 [Last modified: Sunday, January 31, 2016 8:10pm]
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