Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Pruett has taken pole position for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and is aiming for a fifth-overall victory at the Florida race.
Pruett set the fastest time after yesterday’s qualifying session, driving his No. 01 BMW/Riley Daytona prototype around the 3.56-mile track in just 1 minute 40.553 seconds. The American thus took his third pole position at the 24-hour race and his 15th in the Rolex Sports Car Series.
If Pruett and his team-mates Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball score overall victory during this weekend’s race, he’ll tie Hurley Haywood for the most overall wins in the event. The second fastest time was set by Pruett’s team-mate Scott Dixon, who stopped the clock at 1 minute 40.646 seconds in the No. 02 car. Third fastest was Dane Cameron, with 1 minute 41.213 seconds in his No. 42 Team Sahlen BMW/Riley prototype.
UK driver Richard Westbrook was the fastest from the Corvette Daytona category, taking fifth place overall. The best in the GT class was another Briton, Nick Tandy, who drove his Konrad Motorsport/Orbit Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup around the track in 1 minute 47.63 seconds.
In the new GX class Shane Lewis took pole driving Napleton Racing’s No. 16 Porsche Cayman. His time was 1 minute 54.606 seconds.
The 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona starts at 3:30 pm Eastern time on Saturday.