SunTrust Racing's Max Angelelli set the fastest time Saturday to conclude the three-day Grand American Rolex Series preseason test at the Daytona International Speedway. Angelelli lapped the 3.56-mile road course in 1:43.483, at 123.483 mph. Angelelli will share his Pontiac Riley with Wayne Taylor, Jan Magnussen, and Jeff Gordon in the upcoming Rolex 24.
Angelelli was 0.247 seconds faster than the No. 99 Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley, driven by Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty, Jimmy Vasser, and Bob Stallings. "The first session went really well," explained Gurney, who turned the team's best lap. "I was really happy with the balance. We hope it's the kind of setup that will work in the race. That's what we focused on. We're all pretty stoked on it. Now we're just focused on all the things that are going to happen."
The No. 02 Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley of Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon, and Memo Rojas was third fastest, with a lap of 1:43.997. Fourth quickest was the No. 59 Brumos Porsche Riley of Hurley Haywood, J.C. France, Joao Barbosa, and Roberto Moreno. They managed a lap of 1:44.190. The No. 05 Sigalsport BMW of Bill Auberlen, Matthew Alhadeff, Gene Sigal, and Karl Wendlinger rounded out the top-five, recording a lap of 1:44.213.
The second Ganassi Racing entry, the Matthews Motorsports Pontiac Riley, the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley, and the second Brumos entry rounded out the top-10.
In the GT class, the At Speed Motorsports Porsche of Ian Baas, Joel Feinburg, Bruce McQuiston, and Joe Safina led a Porsche sweep of the top-three spots. The No. 85 Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche and the No. 66 TRG Porsche were second and third fastest, respectively, in class.
A total of 64 cars recorded times during the three-day test session.
The Rolex 24 will take the green flag on Saturday, January 27, 2007.