by Alan Spector
Chip Ganassi Racing continued its domination of the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend.
Scott Dixon drove the final three hours, 32 minutes of the race in the so-called "star car" on Sunday, giving team owners Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates their sixth Rolex win in 12 attempts. The six victories are the most in the race's 53-year history.
In addition to Dixon, the three-time IndyCar champion, the winning team of drivers was an all-star lineup that included NASCAR rookie of the year Kyle Larson, Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray and Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan.
McMurray gave much of the credit to Dixon.
"It's all about Scott Dixon to me," said McMurray. It's really hard to appreciate the talent that guys have from other series until you race with them, and it's crazy the pace that Scott is able to have in the car."
As for Dixon, it was his second Rolex win. He teamed with Casey Mears and Dan Wheldon to win the race in 2006.
Dixon talked about the hazards of driving the final leg: "The whole last part of that race is so horrible because you think something's going to break or you're going to go off in a corner or something."
Chip Ganassi Racing's Target/Ford Ecoboost Riley Prototype finished 1.33 seconds ahead of Action Express Racing, the team that won the Rolex 24 last year.
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