Level 5 Motorsports has won the first race of the United SportsCar Racing series GTD class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The controversial finish resulted in a battle between Alessandro Pier Guidi racing a Ferrari 458 Italia for Level 5 Motorsport and Markus Winkelhock who was piloting an Audi A8 for Flying Lizard Motorsports. Both drivers were midway through the infield portion of the race when the Level 5 Motorsports entry No 555 was fighting aggressively to maintain the first place position over the Flying Lizard entry No 45. The Audi ended up being squeezed by the Ferrari resulting in the Audi going off-course and losing momentum. International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials initially ruled that the Ferrari had made avoidable contact with the Audi and was therefore was penalized resulting in a victory for Flying Lizard. Upon closer review of the video replay, IMSA officials ruled that no contact had been made between the two cars and awarded the victory to Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia.
“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 by the race director, rescind the penalty against the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia team, and reinstate drivers Scott Tucker, Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Alessandro Pier Guidi as the GT Daytona class winners. We regret the confusion following the race, and appreciate the patience by our fans, drivers, teams and the media so we could properly review and subsequently report this decision.