Last lap confusion turned into chaos at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday as IMSA wrestled with a decision whether or not to penalize a car for avoidable contact.
After initially penalizing the No. 555 car of Level 5 Racing, IMSA has rescinded the penalty and given the team the GT Daytona class win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Video evidence suggest that driver Alessandro Pier Giuidi of the No. 555 Ferrari did not make contact with the No. 45 Audi of Flying Lizard Motorsports.
IMSA released the following statement via Twitter:
“A full post-race review of the incident on the last lap of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona was completed by IMSA Supervisory Officials. The decision has been made to reverse the decision, rescind the penalty against No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia team & reinstate drivers Scott Tucker, Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Alessandro Pier Giuidi as the GTD class winners.
We regret the confusion following the race, & appreciate the patience by our fans, drivers, teams and the media so we could properly review and subsequently report this decision.”