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.

In other state sports news...

  • Hassan Whiteside's monster defensive game helped the Miami Heat to a 96-84 win over the Bulls at Chicago on Sunday.  Playing before a national television audience, Whiteside pulled off a triple-double the hard way: 14 points, 13 rebounds and an amazing 12 blocked shots.
  • The Orlando Magic lost a nine-point fourth quarter lead and fell to the Indiana Pacers 106-99 Sunday night.  The Pacers snapped a seven-game losing streak and extended Orlando's skid to five games. The Pacers outscored the Magic 31-17 in the fourth quarter. David West led the Pacers with 20 points.  Nik Vucevic led four Magic players in double figures with 27 points. Victor Oladipo scored 18.
  • In college hoops, Ryan Boatright scored a career-high 28 points, 19 in the second half, as UConn beat USF 66-53 on Sunday. The Huskies completed the season sweep of the Bulls, who are now 7-13 and just 1-6 in the American Conference.  Nehemias Morillo had a career-high 18 for South Florida, which lost for the fifth straight time.
  • In Orlando,  Kevin Johnson scored 13 points and Cincinnati's defense held UCF scoreless in the final four-plus minutes as the Bearcats beat the Knights 56-46.  It was the second-lowest scoring output for the Knights this season.  Kasey Wilson led UCF with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Knights are now 9-10 on the year and 2-6 in the AAC.