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Scott Pruett of Chip Ganassi Racing is in prime position for a record-tying fifth overall victory at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, having set the fastest time after yesterday’s qualifying session.
He piloted his No. 01 BMW/Riley Daytona prototype around the 3.56-mile race track in just 1:40.553, earning him his third pole at the 24-hour race and his 15th in the Rolex Sports Car Series.
The second fastest was Pruett’s team-mate at Ganassi, Scott Dixon, who posted a fastest time of 1:40.646 in the No. 02 car.
Third fastest was Dane Cameron, who drove the No. 42 Team Sahlen BMW/Riley prototype around the Daytona race track in a time of 1:41.213.
The best start for the always popular Corvette Daytona prototypes is fifth position, earned by Briton Richard Westbrook.
The best in the GT class was fellow Briton Nick Tandy, the newest Porsche factory driver, who piloted his Konrad Motorsport/Orbit Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup around the track in 1:47.63.
Shane Lewis, meanwhile, took pole in the new GX class driving Napleton Racing’s No. 16 Porsche Cayman. His time was 1:54.606.
Should Pruett, together with partners 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.
Racing for the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona starts at 3:30 pm Eastern on Saturday.