Fittipaldi Tops Charts In Opening Tudor Testing At Daytona

Christian Fittipaldi braved cooler than normal temperatures Friday at Daytona International Speedway, running the fastest lap in the opening day of the Roar Before the Rolex 24, a three-day test in preparation for the opening race of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona will be held on Jan. 25-26, opening a new era in North American sports car racing with the first unified sanction since 1997. The TUDOR Championship is the result of a merger of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n.

Fittipaldi turned a lap of 1:38.630 (129.940 mph) on the 3.56-mile circuit in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP co-driven by Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais to lead 15 teams in the premier Prototype (P) class.

“It was very interesting today to see different cars running together at different speeds, from four different classes," said Fittipaldi, winner of the 2004 Rolex 24. “All in all, it was a very good day. We managed to put into practice everything we learned since our last test here. The car felt very strong, but we still have a long way to go before the race."

Among the Friday newsmakers at the Roar was Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, which announced its lineups for the Rolex 24, which the team has won five times. Five-time Rolex 24 winner Scott Pruett will be joined by regular co-driver Memo Rojas, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Jamie McMurray and 2013 Indy Lights champion Sage Karam in the No. 01 Telcel/Target Ford EcoBoost/Riley. IndyCar champion Scott Dixon and 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan will co-drive the No. 02 Target/Telcel entry, joined by NASCAR driver Kyle Larson and ALMS veteran Marino Franchitti.

Nick Tandy was first in the GT Le Mans (GTLM class, running 1:45.564 (121.405 mph) in his first time at the wheel of the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR.

“It was a very good day, and it’s nice to be on top," said Tandy, who won the GT class in the 2013 season-opening Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in a Porsche.

Also announcing its Rolex 24 lineup was the SRT Motorsports GTLM team. Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2012 IndyCar champion, joins full-season drivers Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens in the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R, while two-time European Le Mans Series champion Rob Bell will share the No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R with full-season teammates Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer.

Colin Braun led Prototype Challenge competitors with a lap of 1:42.468 (125.073 mph) in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09 co-driven by Jon Bennett and Mark Wilkins.

Spencer Pumpelly was fastest in the GT Daytona group with a lap of 1:47.981 (118.688 mph) during the afternoon session in the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS. His co-driver, Nelson Canache Jr., led the morning session with a lap of 1:48.444 (118.181 mph).

In Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge testing, Bill Auberlen led the Grand Sports competitors with a lap of 1:56.451 (110.055 mph) in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3, while Eric Foss led the Street Tuner competitors, running 2:05.813 (101.865 mph) in the No. 56 Murillo Racing BMW 328i).

Testing for both series continues on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. ET, and includes an evening session from 6:30-8 p.m.

Pos No. Class PIC Name Time Diff Laps Make
1 5 P 1 Action Express Racing 1:38.630 0.000s 29 Corvette DP
2 90 P 2 Spirit of Daytona 1:39.264 0.634 24 Corvette DP
3 10 P 3 Wayne Taylor Racing 1:39.410 0.780 27 Corvette DP
4 99 P 4 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing 1:40.020 1.390 29 Corvette DP
5 31 P 5 Marsh Racing 1:40.964 2.334 31 Corvette DP
6 1 P 6 Extreme Speed Motorsports 1:41.054 2.424 21 HPD ARX-03b
7 2 P 7 Extreme Speed Motorsports 1:41.079 2.449 26 HPD ARX-03b
8 42 P 8 OAK Racing 1:41.102 2.472 29 Morgan
9 60 P 9 Michael Shank Racing w/ Curb/Agajan 1:41.252 2.622 14 Riley DP
10 0 P 10 DeltaWing Racing Cars 1:41.488 2.858 16 DeltaWing DWC13
11 6 P 11 Pickett Racing 1:41.513 2.883 26 ORECA
12 01 P 12 Chip Ganassi Racing 1:42.298 3.668 19 Riley DP
13 9 P 13 Action Express Racing 1:42.445 3.815 17 Corvette DP
14 54 PC 1 CORE Autosport 1:42.468 3.838 25 ORECA FLM09
15 87 PC 2 BAR1 Motorsports 1:43.226 4.596 25 ORECA FLM09
16 38 PC 3 Performance Tech Motorsports 1:43.396 4.766 25 ORECA FLM09
17 25 PC 4 8Star Motorsports 1:43.472 4.842 26 ORECA FLM09
18 8 PC 5 Starworks Motorsport 1:45.005 6.375 20 ORECA FLM09
19 4 GTLM 1 Corvette Racing 1:45.743 7.113 29 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
20 3 GTLM 2 Corvette Racing 1:45.792 7.162 22 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
21 911 GTLM 3 Porsche North America 1:45.994 7.364 21 Porsche 911 RSR
22 93 GTLM 4 SRT Motorsports 1:46.292 7.662 26 SRT Viper GTS-R
23 91 GTLM 5 SRT Motorsports 1:46.485 7.855 20 SRT Viper GTS-R
24 7 PC 6 Starworks Motorsport 1:46.716 8.086 21 ORECA FLM09
25 52 PC 7 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports 1:47.071 8.441 28 ORECA FLM09
26 97 GTLM 6 Aston Martin Racing 1:47.752 9.122 17 Aston Martin Vantage V8
27 55 GTLM 7 BMW Team RLL 1:47.788 9.158 28 BMW Z4 GTE
28 45 GTD 1 Flying Lizard Motorsports 1:48.444 9.814 23 Audi R8 LMS
29 556 GTD 2 Level 5 Motorsports 1:48.475 9.845 28
30 56 GTLM 8 BMW Team RLL 1:48.614 9.984 28 BMW Z4 GTE
31 22 GTD 3 Alex Job Racing 1:48.676 10.046 15 Porsche 911 GT America
32 48 GTD 4 Paul Miller Racing 1:49.086 10.456 21 Audi R8 LMS
33 27 GTD 5 Dempsey Racing 1:49.100 10.470 21 Porsche 911 GT America
34 35 GTD 6 Flying Lizard Motorsports 1:49.306 10.676 27 Audi R8 LMS
35 46 GTD 7 Fall-Line Motorsports 1:49.371 10.741 34 Audi R8 LMS
36 33 GTD 8 Riley Motorsports 1:49.379 10.749 28 SRT Viper GT3-R
37 57 GTLM 9 Krohn Racing 1:49.432 10.802 30 Ferrari 458 Italia
38 009 GTD 9 TRG-AMR 1:49.576 10.946 25 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
39 18 GTD 10 Muehlner Motorsports America 1:49.640 11.010 29 Porsche 911 GT America
40 63 GTD 11 Scuderia Corsa 1:49.739 11.109 29 Ferrari 458 Italia
41 555 GTD 12 Level 5 Motorsports 1:49.780 11.150 30 Ferrari 458 Italia
42 30 GTD 13 NGT Motorsport 1:49.789 11.159 21 Porsche 911 GT America
43 49 GTD 14 Spirit of Race 1:49.868 11.238 34 Ferrari 458 Italia
44 72 GTD 15 SMP/ESM Racing 1:49.930 11.300 24 Ferrari 458 Italia
45 23 GTD 16 Team Seattle/Alex Job 1:50.110 11.480 28 Porsche 911 GT America
46 44 GTD 17 Magnus Racing 1:50.287 11.657 32 Porsche 911 GT America
47 73 GTD 18 Park Place Motorsports 1:50.304 11.674 25 Porsche 911 GT America
48 71 GTD 19 Park Place Motorsports 1:50.331 11.701 20 Porsche 911 GT America
49 81 GTD 20 GB Autosport 1:50.433 11.803 21 Porsche 911 GT America
50 19 GTD 21 Muehlner Motorsports America 1:50.473 11.843 24 Porsche 911 GT America
51 32 GTD 22 GMG Racing 1:50.589 11.959 32 Audi R8 LMS
52 58 GTD 23 Snow Racing 1:50.689 12.059 4 Porsche 911 GT America
53 94 GTD 24 Turner Motorsport 1:50.731 12.101 18 BMW Z4
54 50 P 14 Highway to Help 1:51.099 12.469 6 Riley DP
55 64 GTD 25 Scuderia Corsa 1:52.320 13.690 30 Ferrari 458 Italia
56 02 P 15 Chip Ganassi Racing 7 Riley DP

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