Yes it comes out counter-clockwise. The same thought crossed my mine when I was taking mine off.
I had mine on an engine stand when I took mine off so I had more room to work. I had someone stick a 4ft pry bar between two of the three spoke (truck balancer) while I got my 24" 3/4" drive breaker bar pulling like a mad man and it finally broke lose. It just takes some time, muscle, and a few adult beverages
to break it lose. Don't get frustrated and rush it will eventually come off with enough pressure. Some guys say to heat up the bolt (I wouldn't) and it will breakdown the sealant on the head, but if you do this give the bolt head enough time to cool down so you don't round it off since the metal will be softer. I also used a 15/16" socket because it fit better than the 24mm.