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1 Ricky Taylor 226
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4 Eric Curran 199
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9 Marc Goossens 148
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1 James French 216
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4 Kyle Masson 108
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7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
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1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
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4 Ryan Briscoe 169
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1 Alessandro Balzan 203
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2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
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5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
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6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

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5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Donohue Captures Rolex 24 At Daytona Pole

40 Years After Father's Victory
Thursday, January 22, 2009

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David Donohue in the No. 58 Brumos Porsche
David Donohue edged Timo Bernhard by a scant .001 seconds Thursday to capture the pole position for the 47th Rolex 24 At Daytona, breaking the Daytona Prototype track record in the process.

Donohue turned in a lap of 1:40.540 (127.472 mph) in the No. 58 Brumos Porsche Riley he will share with Darren Law, Buddy Rice and Antonio Garcia. The race will take the green flag at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. FOX will open live network coverage at 3 p.m. Saturday. SPEED will resume coverage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, continuing until 10 p.m. Sunday coverage on SPEED will run from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bernhard was at the wheel of Penske Racing's No. 16 Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Porsche Riley, turning a lap of 1:50.541 (127.470 mph) in the Daytona Prototype he shares with Romain Dumas and Ryan Briscoe.

"Actually, winning the pole was a bit of a surprise," said Donohue. "We had a bit of a problem with traffic on what I thought was my fastest lap. We were having an electrical gremlin, so I didn't know how quick I was running. The team told me I was P-1, but I didn't know by how much and what to do with the tires. But I said it before, all that counts is where you are at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday."

Donohue joins his father, the late Mark Donohue, as a pole winner of the event. The elder Donohue won the pole for Penske Racing in 1971. The pair join Dan and Alex Gurney as father-son pole winners for America's most prestigious sports car race.

While Donohue wasn't sure of his position in qualifying, Bernhard thought he was atop the charts.

"I knew I put down a pretty good lap, and when they give me the time I thought it would be good enough for the pole," said Bernhard, overall winner of the 2003 Rolex 24. "Then they told me it was very close, but I was second, but by that time my tires were done. It was a great result for Penske Racing. It's a new series for us in Grand-Am, and we're already very competitive. Looking at it that way, P-2 is a very good result."

Starting from the second row will be Michael Valiante, posting a time of 1:40.651 (127.331 mph) in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley, and Richard Zonta, with a time of 1:40.892 (127.027 mph) in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola.

Scott Pruett, seeking a third consecutive victory in the Rolex 24 and fourth in a row for TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, will start sixth after running a lap of 1:41.016 (126.495 mph) in the No. 01 Lexus Riley.

"That's about what we expected to run in qualifying," said Pruett. "For 24 hours, it's not going to make a difference. The Ganassi guys have done a great job, as always, and we've got a great car for the race. With a little bit of luck, the TELMEX No. 01 car will be fighting for the victory at the end."

Alex Gurney, the 2007 Rolex 24 pole winner, will start 11th in the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley co-driven by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Jon Fogarty and Jimmy Vasser.

The No. 2 Childress-Howard Motorsports Pontiac Crawford of Danica Patrick, Casey Mears, Rob Finlay and three-time Rolex 24 winner Andy Wallace lost an engine during Friday's practice and failed to qualify. They will start the race 18th, at the back of the Daytona Prototype grid.

In GT, Sylvain Tremblay captured the Rolex 24 pole for the second consecutive year in dramatic fashion, waiting until near the end of the session to turn a track record lap of 1:49.455 (117.100) in the No.70 SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX. Tremblay and Nick Ham will be seeking their second consecutive GT victory in the Rolex 24, and fourth consecutive triumph at Daytona - all from the pole position. David Haskell and Jonathan Bomarito will co-drive in the Rolex 24.

"We were short by about three- or four-tenths, and I had to do quite a bit of work to make it happen," Tremblay said. "I could see that that last lap had potential. I kept my head down and drove as hard as I've ever driven here to try to get that lap. I know it doesn't mean much for a 24-hour race, but it means a lot to the team, it means a lot to my boys and it means a lot to me."

Tremblay knocked Andy Lally off the pole, after the driver of the No. 67 TRG Porsche GT3 turned in a lap of 1:49.450 (116.998 mph) early in the session.

Martin Ragginger, Jeff Segal and Wolf Henzler rounded out the top five GT qualifiers.

Thursday's qualifying locked in the top 40 positions for the Rolex 24. Final qualifying will be held Friday at 11 a.m., followed by the Fresh From Florida 200 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge race.

Lineup

Pos

Num Class Driver Team Car Time Gap Speed
1. 58 DP David Donohue Brumos Racing Porsche Riley 1:40.540 127.472
2. 16 DP Timo Bernhard Penske Racing Porsche Riley 1:40.541 0.001 127.470
3. 6 DP Michael Valiante Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley 1:40.651 0.111 127.331
4. 76 DP Ricardo Zonta Krohn Racing Ford Lola 1:40.892 0.352 127.027
5. 22 DP Ryan Dalziel Alegra Motorsports BMW Riley 1:40.915 0.375 126.998
6. 01 DP Scott Pruett Chip Ganassi Racing w/F.Sabates Lexus Riley 1:41.016 0.476 126.871
7. 10 DP Max Angelelli SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara 1:41.311 0.771 126.502
8. 02 DP Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing w/F.Sabates Lexus Riley 1:41.316 0.776 126.495
9. 59 DP Joao Barbosa Brumos Racing Porsche Riley 1:41.375 0.835 126.422
10. 55 DP Christophe Bouchut Level 5 Motorsports BMW Riley 1:41.569 1.029 126.180
11. 99 DP Alex Gurney Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley 1:41.666 1.126 126.060
12. 60 DP Oswaldo Negri Jr Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley 1:41.796 1.256 125.899
13. 13 DP Ricky Taylor Beyer Racing Pontiac Riley 1:42.058 1.518 125.576
14. 61 DP Burt Frisselle AIM Autosport Ford Riley 1:42.086 1.546 125.541
15. 09 DP Guy Cosmo Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche Coyote 1:42.475 1.935 125.065
16. 77 DP Memo Gidley Doran Racing Ford Dallara 1:42.740 2.200 124.742
17. 75 DP Tracy Krohn Krohn Racing Ford Lola 1:44.041 3.501 123.182
18. 70 GT Sylvain Tremblay SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 1:49.445 8.905 117.100
19. 67 GT Andy Lally TRG Porsche GT3 1:49.540 9.000 116.998
20. 14 GT Martin Ragginger Autometrics Motorsports Porsche GT3 1:49.634 9.094 116.898
21. 69 GT Jeff Segal SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 1:49.822 9.282 116.698
22. 85 GT Wolf Henzler Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 1:49.865 9.325 116.652
23. 87 GT Dirk Werner Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 1:49.946 9.406 116.566
24. 66 GT Spencer Pumpelly TRG Porsche GT3 1:50.109 9.569 116.394
25. 26 GT Randy Pobst Gotham Competition Porsche GT3 1:50.206 9.666 116.291
26. 86 GT Dominik Farnbacher Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 1:50.234 9.694 116.262
27. 65 GT Marco Holzer Riegel/Stanton/TRG Porsche GT3 1:50.455 9.915 116.029
28. 33 GT Sascha Maassen Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3 1:50.517 9.977 115.964
29. 64 GT Johannes van Overbeek JLowe Racing Porsche GT3 1:50.573 10.033 115.905
30. 52 GT Christian Montanari Mastercar-Coast 2 Costa Racing Ferrari 430 C 1:50.649 10.109 115.826
31. 15 GT Boris Said Blackforest Motorsports Ford Mustang 1:51.036 10.496 115.422
32. 07 GT Paul Edwards Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R 1:51.236 10.696 115.214
33. 89 GT Pierre Kaffer Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 1:51.254 10.714 115.196
34. 30 GT Doug Peterson Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8 1:51.290 10.750 115.159
35. 88 GT Richard Westbrook Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 1:51.376 10.836 115.070
36. 57 GT Robin Liddell Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R 1:51.481 10.941 114.961
37. 42 GT Wayne Nonnamaker Team Sahlen Corvette 1:51.482 10.942 114.960
38. 32 GT Jeff Westphal PR1 Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R 1:51.629 11.089 114.809
39. 97 GT James Gue Stevenson Motorsports Corvette 1:51.780 11.240 114.654
40. 35 GT Lawson Aschenbach Orbit Racing Porsche GT3 1:52.050 11.510 114.378
41. 21 GT Diego Alessi Battery Tender/MCM Racing Pontiac GTO.R 1:52.062 11.522 114.365
42. 45 DP Leo Hindery Jr Victory Junction-Orbit Racing BMW Riley 1:52.108 11.568 114.318
43. 56 GT Nathan Swartzbach Mastercar-Coast 2 Costa Racing Ferrari 430 C 1:52.402 11.862 114.019
44. 44 GT Ross Bentley Bullet Racing Porsche GT3 1:52.568 12.028 113.851
45. 68 GT Steve Miller TRG Porsche GT3 1:52.571 12.031 113.848
46. 40 GT Patrick Dempsey Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 1:52.944 12.404 113.472
47. 63 GT Bruce Ledoux III TRG Porsche GT3 1:53.366 12.826 113.050

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