Second Straight Rolex 24 Pole for Mazda
Oliver Jarvis claimed his second straight Rolex 24 at Daytona pole position for Mazda Team Joest easily beating Acura to the top spot in qualifying after Acura was neutered by IMSA before the weekend so they did not have the pace to win.
Jarvis put up a time of 1:33.711 in the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P that he shares with Olivier Pla and Tristan Nunez.
The Mazda DPi will share the front row of the grid with the No. 6 Team Penske Acura ARX-05.
Juan Pablo Montoya qualified the car with a time of 1:34.514, putting the Colombian 0.443 seconds off Jarvis while Ricky Taylor wadded up the sister #7 Penske Acura trying too hard.
Taylor lost control, bounced over the apex curb on the first left-hander of the chicane sequence, then went head-on into the tire barriers.
Taylor walked away from the incident which triggered a red flag stoppage and essentially locked in the prototype qualifying results with three minutes of the session remaining.
Mazda’s No. 55 will start from third after Jonathan Bomarito’s 1:34.619 effort while the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. will start fourth.
Keating wins LMP2 Pole for PR1
PR1/Mathisen Motorsports will start from pole in the five-car LMP2 class after Ben Keating led the way in class qualifying.
Keating, who is also racing a GT Daytona-class Mercedes this weekend, posted a time of 1:37.446 to edge out DragonSpeed driver Henrik Hedman by two-tenths.
Porsche dominates GTLM pole qualifying
Nick Tandy has given the #911 Porsche pole position in the GT Le Mans category
Laurens Vanthoor in the sister #912 Porsche was quickest before Tandy put up a 1:42.207, which was enough to claim the GTLM pole despite a late challenge from Vanthoor who ended up 0.049 seconds behind.
Corvette Racing will roll off third and fourth in the first race for the Chevrolet Corvette C8.R following GT Le Mans (GTLM) qualifying for Saturday’s Rolex 24 At Daytona. A three-time winner of the Rolex 24, the Corvette Racing program hopes to start the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a debut victory for the mid-engine Corvette.
Antonio Garcia set the quickest time for the team in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R that he shares this weekend with Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg. Garcia’s time of 1:42.545 (124.979 mph) put him just 0.338 seconds off Nick Tandy’s pole-winning time.
Tommy Milner, in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R, was right behind his teammate at 1:42.801 (124.668 mph). He’ll share his Corvette with Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fässler – the GTLM-winning trio from 2016.
The No. 25 Team RLLL BMW M8 GTE of Philipp Eng was fifth followed by John Edwards in the No. 24 BMW and the No. 62 Risi Competitzione Ferrari 488 GTE Evo of Alessandro Pier Guidi rounded out the class.
Pier Guidi’s seventh place in class saw him finish almost 1.5 seconds off the pace in the seven-car class after IMSA neutered Ferrari so they have no chance of winning.
Robichon wins GTD Pole for Pfaff
Pfaff Motorsports was quickest in the GT Daytona class after Zach Robichon went more than four-tenths faster than the rest of the field.
Robichon set a 1:45.237 lap time, also a new GTD track record, in the No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R on his third flying lap to claim pole.
He ended up 0.476 seconds clear of Jeff Westphal’s second-placed No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020.
"The team's been working hard on the car," Westphal said after qualifying. "The co-drivers all tried to cohesively get the same package underneath us. We know it's a long race. We know we've got to have a car that's comfortable in multiple conditions. This was the best the car has felt. So, we're working the right way. The run felt really good. I was happy about it. I didn't quite get the draft I was looking for from the Porsche ahead of me. But, sometimes that's just how it goes. I'm happy none-the-less. Starting P2, for the first race of the year, is a great place to be. But, it's a long race."
AIM Vasser Sullivan’s No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3, headlined by reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, missed qualifying due to a precautionary engine change.
The Rolex 24 at Daytona gets underway Saturday at 1:35 p.m. ET.
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