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Napleton Racing Still In Control of GX Class as Sunrise – and Fog – Come To the Rolex 24 At Daytona

No. 16 Napleton Racing Porsche Cayman S Has Led Nearly Every GX Lap with Drivers Shane Lewis, David Donohue, Dr. Jim Norman and Nelson Canache

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 27, 2013) – Napleton Racing remained in control of the debuting GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GX class overnight at the Rolex 24 At Daytona where team drivers Shane Lewis, David Donohue, Dr. Jim Norman and Nelson Canache have led nearly every race lap in the new No. 16 Napleton Racing Porsche Cayman S.

The Napleton entry built as much as a six-lap lead over the GX competition at times during the evening. Lewis was at the wheel for his third stint of the race at sunrise but soon slowed with the competition when heavy fog forced an extended yellow flag caution period as the race completed its 16th hour.

“Absolutely, a lot of racing to go,” said Lewis just before taking the wheel of the No. 16. “Still just under 10 hours to go but I am getting ready to get into my favorite stint which is going from the night into the daytime. It is actually like a magical time at Daytona. It allows you to get some fast laps in and when you see the sun come up it gives you a lot of hope for the end of the Rolex 24.”

While the first-time GRAND-AM Rolex Series competing team has dodged some typical endurance racing related penalties and minor on-track issues, Lewis stressed that he and his Napleton teammates must any more miscues to wrap up the win.

“Right now we just need to be calm and do exactly what we did at the very beginning of the race,” Lewis said. “Stay calm, cool and collected, good pit stops, good strategy, maintain our pace and we will do very well.”

Live coverage of the Rolex 24 on SPEED continues at 9 a.m. EST/6 a.m. PDT and continues straight through the 3:30 p.m. race finish to 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST.

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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