Katherine Legge took the DeltaWing car into the lead in the early stages of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Legge led two times for 27 laps in the opening stint of the twice-round-the-clock endurance event at Daytona International Speedway. It was a surprising development considering the struggles DeltaWing has had since its 2014 Daytona launch.

The lightweight, chrome car turns heads because it looks like a cross between a fighter jet, a concept car and something out of a comic book. But its 2014 debut was plagued by a myriad of problems and the car retired after 16 hours.

A broken gearbox 90 minutes into last year's event ended the day for the DeltaWing.