Second generation driver David Donohue captured his first Rolex Sports Car Series pole in five years Friday in qualifying for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series Gainsco Grand Prix of Miami. Behind the wheel of the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche ...
Second generation driver David Donohue captured his first Rolex Sports Car Series pole in five years Friday in qualifying for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series Gainsco Grand Prix of Miami. Behind the wheel of the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley, Donohue lapped the 2.3-mile, 11-turn Homestead- Miami Speedway road course in 1:13.022 - a time that was .323 seconds faster than Michael Valiante's best lap in the brand new SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara.
"It's nice to be on the front row again," said Donohue, whose best finish last year was second at Sears Point. "It attracts a lot of attention to our team, which deserves it. This team has put a lot of effort into this for a lot of years. We were hamstrung for while with what we had to work with. I think this just a really small indication of the amount of effort the team has put into this since the series' inception in 2003.
A contender in the early years of the Daytona Prototype class, Brumos Racing has not won a race or a pole in the Rolex Series since 2003, when it won three races and four poles. "Hopefully, we will still be in the news at this time tomorrow. But it's been quite a ride. We've always been really strong here, as this track favors the Porsche engine. We just need to take advantage of it."
Donohue and his co-driver, Darren Law, will have an extra incentive do well on Saturday seeing as how last year's Miami event was the last one witnessed by the team's late principal, Bob Snodgrass.
Memo Rojas in the No. 01 Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley was third fastest in the Daytona Prototype class, followed by Mark Wilkins in the AIM Autosport Ford Riley and the Gainsco Racing Pontiac Riley of Jon Fogarty.
Driving the No. 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R, Kelly Collins set the fastest time in GT class qualifying with a lap of 1:19.707. The Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac of Andrew Davis was second in class, followed by the No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche of Dominik Farnbacher.
"As far as that lap goes, it really wasn't much different from the other three laps I ran," said Collins. "That lap really was uneventful other than I passed my teammate into Turn 1 and didn't lift until I normally did when I was online, so I was offline. So I basically almost sent the (car) into the kitty litter down there. I managed to hold on, slid through there and kind of had a smile on my face because it felt groovy. I was on my marks for the rest of the lap and challenged myself as hard as I could without making a mistake." I
Saturday's race will take the green flag at 3 p.m. ET.