Daytona 24: GM Racing Friday report

Pontiac GTO.Rs Improve Positions In Second Qualifying Paul Edwards Posts Best GT Time of Second Rolex 24 At Daytona Qualifying Session; GTO.Rs Now Fourth and Fifth on GT Grid DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Pontiac's two GTO.Rs ran again today in the ...

Pontiac GTO.Rs Improve Positions In Second Qualifying

Paul Edwards Posts Best GT Time of Second Rolex 24 At Daytona Qualifying Session; GTO.Rs Now Fourth and Fifth on GT Grid

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Pontiac's two GTO.Rs ran again today in the second qualifying session for the famous Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance race and improved their grid positions after posting high times. The cars, which were tentatively assigned the 19th and 20th spots on the grid after yesterday's session, have now moved to fourth and fifth after Paul Edwards of the #64 TRG GTO.R posted the fastest GT time of the session with a time of 1:53.861. His teammate Andy Lally of the #65 GTO.R was close behind, posting the third fastest time of the second qualifying at 1:53.983.

"It's a total turn around (between today and yesterday)," said Lally. "We just put our heads together last night. The engineers did a super job with everything. The crew guys worked hard all night and this morning. When I got in the car this morning, (I found) we made huge adjustments and that's what it's all about. It's Friday and we have a good race car. We can go into the last session and do a couple of laps and get our guys comfortable. I really like the way the car is racing."

Lally was looking to improve his car after yesterday's qualifying session and expressed to TRG engineers and mechanics the changes he thought were necessary. Since the cars were totally rebuilt prior to their arrival at Daytona, the team spent the better part of the last few days readjusting the car to better suit the track.

Lally's teammate Edwards thinks the GTO.Rs will be strong throughout the race but particularly at night at colder temperatures.

"Our car is definitely better (in the cold)," said Edwards. "This morning was really fast. We had a lighter fuel load and new tires so that was a factor but the cold is better. I'd rather race in the cold this time of year. At night time we should be good."

For the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Edwards will share the #64 TRG Pontiac GTO.R with last year's co-driver Jan Magnussen, new co-driver Kelly Collins and 2005 SPEED GT World Challenge driver champion Andy Pilgrim. Lally is co-driving the #65 TRG GTO.R with teammates Marc Bunting and RJ Valentine and former 24 Hours of Le Mans winner (Corvette Racing) Johnny O'Connell.

The Rolex 24 At Daytona is run on the 3.56 mile tri-oval/infield road course of the Daytona International Speedway. The 2006 event will start at noon Eastern time on January 28th and end at noon the following day. The start will be televised live on SPEED TV and a Pontiac-sponsored look at the race will be broadcast at 8:00 p.m. EDT. The remainder of the race will air on January 29th at 8:00 a.m. EDT.

-gm racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Edwards , Jan Magnussen , Johnny O'Connell , Andy Pilgrim , Kelly Collins , Andy Lally , Marc Bunting
Teams Corvette Racing