The 2024 Rolex 24 at Daytona put on very close racing for a record crowd

Enlarge / The current crop of GTP hybrid prototypes look wonderful, thanks to rules that cap the amount of downforce they can generate in favor of more dramatic styling.Porsche Motorsport

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Near-summer temperatures greeted a record crowd at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida last weekend. At the end of each January, the track hosts the Rolex 24, an around-the-clock endurance race that’s now as high-profile as it has ever been during the event’s 62-year history.

Between the packed crowd and the 59-car grid, there’s proof that sports car racing is in good shape. Some of that might be attributable

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