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BMW, Porsche dominate Rolex 24 qualifying

Scott Pruett won pole position for this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, demonstrating the speed required if he’s to win a record-tying fifth overall victory in the race.  Pruett, in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing BMW/Riley, earned the pole with a lap of 1:40.553 (127.455 mph). It was his third career Rolex 24 pole – the first since 2005 – and 15th of his Rolex Series career. A victory this weekend would move Pruett into a tie with Hurley Haywood for the most overall wins in the Rolex 24.

 Scott Dixon made it a Ganassi sweep of the front row with a lap of 1:40.646  in the No. 02 Target/TELMEX BMW/Riley while Dane Cameron made it a BMW/Riley sweep of the top three positions with a lap of 1:41.213 in the No. 42 Team Sahlen entry.

The fourth fastest car in the session was the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford/Riley featuring Michael Valiente, Jorge Goncalvez, Gustavo Yacaman, and Chris Cumming. The first Corvette qualified fifth, the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing entry piloted by Ricky Taylor, Richard Westbrook, Oliver Gavin, and Antonio Garcia.

Nick Tandy led a Porsche sweep of the top three spots in GT qualifying with a lap of 1:47.631 (119.074 mph) in the No. 32 Konrad Motorsport/Orbit Porsche GT3. The reigning Porsche Cup winner was 0.197 seconds clear of Andy Lally – last year’s GT race-winner – in Magnus Racing’s No. 44 Porsche GT3. Sean Edwards qualified third for MOMO/NGT Motorsport in the No. 32 Porsche GT3 at 1:48.007.

Scuderia Corsa’s No. 63 Ferrari 458 in fourth was the fastest non-Porsche qualifier, followed by Audi Sport Customer Racing/AJR’s Audi R8 Grand-Am.

Shane Lewis is in the record books as the first pole winner in GX. He set a time of 1:54.606 (111.827 mph) in Napleton Racing’s No. 16 Porsche Cayman.

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