Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Cadillac, Ganassi Win Big at Daytona

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Cadillac, Ganassi Win Big at Daytona

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Cadillac, Ganassi are big winners at Daytona

In a 24-hour race of attrition, it was only fitting for the most seasoned sports car teams to control the podium at Daytona International Speedway. Action Express Racing won its third Rolex 24 at Daytona overall title, and Chip Ganassi Racing celebrated the organization's 200th victory with a win in the GT Le Mans class. Both two-car teams finished first and second in their respective classes.

The Action Express team of Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi drove Cadillac to the overall victory Sunday, and its other car finished second. It's the second consecutive Rolex overall victory for Cadillac but came from the team that finished second last year.

Ganassi's two Ford entries dominated the GT Le Mans class and defended last year's victory. The team of Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon won and defeated its sister car, which was the defending class champion. The car of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais finished second.

Ganassi, the grand marshal of this year's race, now has eight wins in 15 Rolex appearances. His teams won six overall titles and now have two class victories. He's the only team owner in history to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, Rolex and 12 Hours of Sebring.

"We just focus on trying to do the best we can today," he said. "We'll have plenty of time to talk about the (rest)."

In the GT Daytona class, GRT Grasser Racing Team won in a Lamborghini, the first for the manufacturer at the Rolex. (AP)

Braun to work at first base * Ryan Braun willing to do whatever it takes to help the Milwaukee Brewers get back to the playoffs, even if it means learning a new position after 11 years in the big leagues.

The six-time All-Star outfielder will get work at first base during spring training as the Brewers try to ease an outfield logjam after the team traded for Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins and signed free agent Lorenzo Cain.

"We'll communicate about it and I'm sure we'll have plenty of dialogue as we go, see how things are going, see how our roster develops," Braun said Sunday at the team's annual winter fan festival in downtown Milwaukee. …

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