Rolex 24: Glamour, Grit, and Gears

Inside American endurance car racing at the Daytona International Speedway.

Frank Vizard
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The Rolex 24 is always the leading endurance race on the calendar, and 2016 was no exception to the rule. From the first woman to ever lead the field, to the gorgeous retro racers that made an appearance, to the excitement—and dangers—of night racing, this year's 24-hour-long, four-competition event was filled with thrills. Here, we parse through the race’s biggest moments, including the debut of highly anticipated new models and the split-second moments that cost leading drivers their competitions.

Want more circuit action in the U.S. this year? Stay tuned to these notable endurance races coming down the pike: the 12 Hours of Sebring (March 21), Six Hours of The Glen (at Watkins Glen, New York, June 28) and the Petit Le Mans, a 10-hour competition in Atlanta (October 3).