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Rolex 24 Red Flagged After Serious Accident

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Alex Gurney surprised the Daytona field by taking pole for the Rolex 24 (Courtesy of IMSA)

The Rolex 24 at Daytona is under the red flag at the three hour mark following a series accident involving the #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari and the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP.

The Risi Ferrari, driven by Matteo Malucelli, slowed exiting the International Horseshoe on the left side of the circuit.

As traffic made its way past the ailing GTLM entry Memo Gidley in the #99 hit the rear of the GT car at full speed – potentially unsighted in the low Florida sun on the outside of NASCAR turn one.

The race was yellow flagged immediately and rescue teams were almost immediately on the scene attending to both Gidley and Malucelli, who remained in the cars. Soon after the red flag came out – the first time in the Rolex 24 since 2004 – Malucelli was able to get out of the Ferrari, which came to rest against the barriers shortly before the high speed kink.

Gidley, however, remained in the heavily damaged #99. The rescue crews endeavouring to free the American from the car in which Alex Gurney won the pole position. However, it did briefly appear that he was moving, though there was no report as the existence, or severity of any injuries to either driver.

Christian Fittipaldi is shown as the overall leader in the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP.

www.theCheckeredFlag.co.uk will have further updates, with live updates on Twitter @tcfSportsCars.

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