Daytona 24: Porsche Motorsports qualifying report

Porsche Lola Grabs Comfortable Eighth Position For Saturday's Rolex 24 GT Class Car Makes Initial 35 Qualifiers As Field Finalized On Friday DAYTONA BEACH, FL - January 31 - The ...

Porsche Lola Grabs Comfortable Eighth Position For Saturday's Rolex 24
GT Class Car Makes Initial 35 Qualifiers As Field Finalized On Friday

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - January 31 - The #38 Champion Porsche Lola - with Andy Wallace of Denver, NC; Hurley Haywood of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; Lucas Luhr of Monaco; and Sascha Maassen of Germany to share the driving experience - qualified eight for Saturday's runn ing of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Noting that only two of the engines in the top ten - the Dyson Fords and the Risi Ferrari - have ever finished a 24-hour event, Champion technical director Brad Kettle is pleased with the placement in the field.

"While we respect the top three Judd-powered cars and their great driver lineups, we are confident that our Porsche GT1-powered Lola can outlast the faster cars, and be there at the end for a chance to win," said Kettler.

In the GT class, only the Corvette-powered Mosler, which held pole position last year before retiring in the first couple of hours of the race, was the only car to qualify, but the next eight GT times were Porsche 911 race cars. The rest of the GT field w ill lock in its qualifying positions on Friday (see times below).

In GTS, the #00 David Empringham, Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Klaus Bytzek, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, Bytzek Motorsports Porsche GT1 is second in class and 18th overall, while the #7 Luca Riccitelli, Italy; Dieter Quester, Austria; Vincent Voss, Belgium, a nd Boris Said, Carlsbad, Calif. RWS Motorsport Porsche 91l GT3 R - with a larger motor which moved it out of the GT class, is seventh in GTS.

The race will be televised live - the first six hours and the last four hours - on Speedvision starting at 12:30 PM Eastern time on Saturday, February 2. Speedvision will telecast a 30-minute pre-race show followed by the green flag at 1:00 PM, and will s tay with the race until 7:00 PM. The network will then pick up the event on Sunday morning at 9:00 AM, and carry it through the checkered flag at 1:00 PM. Also, the more than 110 affiliates of the Motor Racing Network (MRN) nationally will provide covera ge on the radio - check local listings for time in your area.

The official Porsche media web site - www.press.porsche.com - will have qualifying information for the Rolex 24 for all 20 Porsches entered, and will post stories and photos during and after the race. Porsche media web site users enter the word "carrera" for both user name and password, then choose "motorsports news" and "24 Hours of Daytona" to find the Rolex 24 updates. The same information is posted for consumers on Porsche's main site www.porsche.com (choose "North America" on home page then "motorspo rts" and "race reports.").

Other Web sites that will follow the overall event include the office Grand-Am site (www.grand-am.com), TotalMotorsport (www.totalmotorsport.com); The Race Site (www.theRaceSite.com), the Speedvision site (www.speedvision.com), Motorsport.com (www.motorspo rt.com), AutoSport magazine's site (www.autosport.com), and Daily Sports Car (www.dailysportscar.com).

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Boris Said , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Hurley Haywood , David Empringham , Luca Riccitelli , Dieter Quester