The Rolex 24 at Daytona was going as planned for Atlantic County doctor Jim Lowe and the Doran Racing team.
Nine hours into the race, with each of the four drivers having taken multiple turns behind the wheel, the No. 77 Doran Racing car was in 10th place and within striking distance of a podium finish.
But it all ended in the 10th hour early Sunday morning, leaving Lowe and his teammates with a 48th-place finish in the 56-car field.
With ex-IndyCar driver Paul Tracy behind the wheel, the No. 77 made contact with the No. 42, driven by Simeon Pagenaud, according to a statement from JLowe Racing. The Doran Racing car was damaged too badly to continue the 24-hour race.
Lowe plans to get behind the wheel for races in Indianapolis and Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Before the wreck, the race was going well for Lowe and his team.
“The first hour was exciting,” Lowe said after his second stint behind the wheel. “Everyone is running well in the car. The BMWs are very strong, as are the Chevys. We weren’t able to keep pace with the leaders, but there is still a long way to go and a lot can happen. The car hasn’t been abused yet, so we are keeping to the plan. Run clean and bring it home.”
Unfortunately for Lowe, that didn’t happen.
Chip Ganassi Racing, with lead driver Scott Pruett, won the race. It was the fifth win in 10 appearances in the prestigious sports-car race for Ganassi. The victory also was the fifth for lead driver Scott Pruett, tying Hurley Haywood’s record in the twice-around-the-clock race.
The winning team of three-time defending Grand-Am drivers Pruett and Memo Rojas, along with Montoya and IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball beat the Max Angelelli-led VelocityWW team by almost 22 seconds.
(Jenna Fryer of The Associated Press contributed to this report.)