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Napleton Racing Leads GX Class from Pole past Four-Hour Mark in Rolex 24 At Daytona Debut

No. 16 Napleton Racing Porsche Cayman S in Control from the Start with Drivers Shane Lewis, David Donohue, Dr. Jim Norman and Nelson Canache

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 26, 2013) – Napleton Racing is off and running in this year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona, the first race for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GX class and first for the new No. 16 Napleton Racing Porsche Cayman S. The team has led every lap from the start through hour four of the day-long race.

From pole, Shane Lewis led through his opening run in the car. Lewis ran a double stint before handing the Napleton Cayman off to David Donohue with Dr. Jim Norman continuing to hold the lead as hour four was complete. Nelson Canache is next up in the driver order.

The race airs live on SPEED and will continue into the overnight hours with online streaming on, with live TV coverage set to resume Sunday morning at 9 a.m. EST/6 a.m. PST.

“Our first run was good, as it was a very conservative effort in the beginning,” Lewis said. “It’s not easy when you go slower than you would like to, but you are going race pace. Then we had an issue, where we lost all radio communications. I was literally guessing everything when it came to what to do pit stop-wise. I had to do everything in my head thinking of, ‘OK, we have this much time, I’ve been out this long, here’s when we need to pit!’”

The fastest lap set for the No. 16 thus far is a 1:56.319, set by Donohue on lap 80 of the race. The team led by more than one lap over a similar Porsche Cayman in class.

Past the four-hour mark, the Rolex 24 is now running in darkness for more than 11 hours until sunrise on Sunday morning.


- Sleep is hard to find at Daytona, particularly for Norman. “I find it almost impossible to sleep during the race, and any sleep that I get isn’t very restful,” he said. “It’s a lot like being a surgery resident on trauma calls some years ago – there is nowhere to hide – the noise and excitement is all around and your mind can’t escape it.”

About Napleton Racing: Napleton Racing is a performance and competition division of the Chicago-area auto dealership Napleton Porsche of Westmont. An established and full-service racing division and prep shop, Napleton Racing specializes in amateur and beginner-level competition on up to entry-level and top-tier professional racing series. The performance-focused operation is just one division within Napleton Porsche of Westmont, which is the Ed Napleton Automotive Group’s flagship Porsche dealership. A family business that was established in 1931 by their grandfather Edward W. Napleton with a single dealership on Chicago’s south side, Ed Napleton and his brothers today own 69 franchises in 39 locations in four states. The Ed Napleton Automotive Group operates 36 of these franchises in 21 locations while his brothers operate 33 dealerships in 18 locations. Learn more at Napleton Porsche Motorsports Performance Center for All of your Race Car Needs and Ed Napleton | New Porsche dealership in Westmont, IL 60559.
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