Negri Leads Opening Practice at Daytona

Ozz Negri has taken the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda to the top of the timesheets in Thursday’s opening one-hour practice for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Negri was the only driver to break into the 1:39 bracket in the session, at 1:39.633. Times were down roughly half a second from where they were at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test.

Defending race winners Action Express Racing, like Shank in a new livery for the 2015 edition, were second with the No. 5 Corvette DP, with the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford third.

Other class leaders included Tom Kimber-Smith in Prototype Challenge (No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca FLM09), Bill Auberlen in GT Le Mans (No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE) and Andy Lally (No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT America) in GT Daytona.

Only one red flag flew, for the DeltaWing stopped on course exiting the Bus Stop about 15 minutes into the session.

The No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3 made it on track late in the session after spending most of the session in the garage.

Second practice is at 1:20 p.m. ET, for a half hour.

Results

Pos CPos No Class Drivers Time Speed Diff Make
1 1 60 P Pew/Negri Jr./Allmendinger/McMurry 1:39.633 128.632 0.000 Honda HPD Ligier JS P2
2 2 5 P Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais 1:40.748 127.208 1.115 Corvette DP
3 3 01 P Pruett/Hand/Kimball/Karam 1:40.902 127.014 1.269 Ford EcoBoost DP
4 4 57 P T.Krohn/Pla/Jonsson/Brundle 1:41.107 126.757 1.474 Ligier JS P2 Judd
5 5 10 P J.Taylor/R.Taylor/Angelelli 1:41.185 126.659 1.552 Corvette DP
6 6 02 P Dixon/Kanaan/Larson/McMurray 1:41.210 126.628 1.577 Ford EcoBoost DP
7 7 90 P Westbrook/Valiante/Rockenfeller 1:41.625 126.111 1.992 Corvette DP
8 8 7 P Hartley/Barrichello/Hunter-Reay/Grave 1:41.802 125.891 2.169 BWM Power Riley DP
9 9 1 P Sharp/Dalziel/Heinemeier Hansson 1:42.191 125.412 2.558 Honda HPD ARX
10 10 31 P Curran/Cameron/Papis/P.Keen 1:42.263 125.324 2.630 Corvette DP
11 11 66 P Gewirtz/S.Lewis/Kvamme/D.Cheng 1:43.269 124.103 3.636 BMW Power Riley DP
12 1 52 PC Guasch/Novich/Palmer/Kimber-Smith 1:43.476 123.855 3.843 ORECA FLM09
13 2 54 PC Bennett/Braun/Wilkins/Gue 1:43.628 123.673 3.995 ORECA FLM09
14 3 11 PC Cumming/Junqueira/Hawksworth/Men 1:43.998 123.233 4.365 ORECA FLM09
15 4 8 PC Schultis/van der Zande/Popow/Hedlun 1:44.122 123.086 4.489 ORECA FLM09
16 5 85 PC Goikhberg/C.Miller/Simpson/Mitchell 1:44.175 123.024 4.542 ORECA FLM09
17 12 70 P Bomarito/Nunez/Hinchcliffe/Tremblay 1:44.592 122.533 4.959 Mazda Prototype
18 6 16 PC Mowlem/Papadopoulos/Drissi/Alder/Pl 1:44.629 122.490 4.996 ORECA FLM09
19 13 07 P Joel.Miller/T.Long/Devlin/Tremblay 1:44.677 122.434 5.044 Mazda Prototype
20 14 50 P Pace/DeFoor/Hinton/Schroeder 1:44.762 122.334 5.129 BMW Power Riley DP
21 1 25 GTLM Auberlen/Werner/Farfus/Spengler 1:44.990 122.069 5.357 BMW Z4 GTE
22 2 3 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe 1:45.005 122.051 5.372 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
23 3 51 GTLM Perrodo/Collard/Bruni/Vilander 1:45.044 122.006 5.411 Ferrari 458 Italia
24 4 4 GTLM Gavin/Milner/Pagenaud 1:45.090 121.953 5.457 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
25 5 911 GTLM Tandy/Pilet/Lieb 1:45.136 121.899 5.503 Porsche 911 RSR
26 7 61 PC Plowman/Drumwright/Breukers/Blackst 1:45.328 121.677 5.695 ORECA FLM09
27 6 24 GTLM J.Edwards/Luhr/Klingmann/Rahal 1:45.516 121.460 5.883 BMW Z4 GTE
28 7 98 GTLM Lamy/Dalla Lana/Turner/Mucke/Lauda 1:45.577 121.390 5.944 Aston Martin Vantage V8
29 8 17 GTLM Henzler/Sellers/P.Long 1:45.618 121.343 5.985 Porsche 991 RSR
30 9 62 GTLM Kaffer/Rigon/Fisichella/O.Beretta 1:45.799 121.135 6.166 Ferrari F458 Italia
31 10 912 GTLM Bergmeister/Bamber/Makowiecki 1:46.236 120.637 6.603 Porsche 911 RSR
32 8 38 PC French/Mee/Vance/Johnston 1:46.665 120.152 7.032 ORECA FLM09
33 1 44 GTD Potter/Lally/Seefried/Ragginger 1:48.084 118.574 8.451 Porsche 911 GT America
34 2 63 GTD Sweedler/To.Bell/Lazzaro/Segal 1:48.367 118.265 8.734 Ferrari 458 Italia
35 3 22 GTD MacNeil/L.Keen/A.Davis/van Gisberge 1:48.511 118.108 8.878 Porsche 911 GT America
36 4 007 GTD Nielsen/J.Davison/Nygaard/B.Davis 1:48.655 117.951 9.022 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
37 5 33 GTD Keating/J.Bleekemolen/Carter/Goosse 1:48.753 117.845 9.120 Dodge Viper SRT

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