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Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. In auto racing - and especially endurance racing - it's really better to be both.
With an hour to go in the 2008 version of the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, the #01 Lexus Riley driven by Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas has about a four lap lead and is coasting towards Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Racing's third straight Daytona Prototype victory at America's premier sports car race.
Speed TV is doing a great job covering the event that - probably - only geeks like me have watched for hours on end. They just showed an image of Brian France - yes, the Prince of the France Republic - up on the pit box with Chip himself. Pretty cool, actually.
The Ganassi/Sabates cars have led more than half of all the laps contested in this race the last three years. That's lucky and good.
Picture credit: Randy Stevens Photography