Daytona 24: Porsche Thursday report

TOP 30 ROLEX SPORTS CARS QUALIFY FOR ROLEX 24; PORSCHE TEAMS IN BOTH CLASSES PUT CARS IN CONTENTION FOR THE ENDURANCE CLASSIC DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- January 24 -- The field for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona attacked their first qualifying ...

TOP 30 ROLEX SPORTS CARS QUALIFY FOR ROLEX 24; PORSCHE TEAMS IN BOTH CLASSES PUT CARS IN CONTENTION FOR THE ENDURANCE CLASSIC

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- January 24 -- The field for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona attacked their first qualifying session Thursday -- a short, but competitive 15-minute stint around the famous 3.56-mile oval/road course combination -- and no clear favorites emerged for Saturday's grueling event.

The #58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley, driven by David Donohue, Darren Law and Buddy Rice, was the highest qualifying Daytona Prototype Porsche in a session which locked in the top 30 overall starting positions. The #23 Ruby Tuesday Alex Job Racing Porsche Crawford, with Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand, Andy Wallace, and Patrick Long on board, qualified 12th, while the other Brumos Racing Porsche Riley, the #59 car, driven by Joao Barbosa, Hurley Haywood, Terry Borcheller, and J.C. France, will start 17th on the DP grid.

In the GT class, a four-manufacturer battle is brewing between Mazda, Pontiac, Ferrari and Porsche, with each car company placing a car in the top positions of the class grid. A Mazda RX-8 (Ham/Trembley/Haskell/Matos) has grabbed the pole, with the #67 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Emmanuel Collard/Romain Dumas/Tim George, Jr./Spencer Pumpelly/Bryan Sellers second and Orbit Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Mike Fitzgerald/Johnny Mowlem/Tom Papadopoulos/Lance Willsey third.

The #81 Synergy Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, with Porsche factory driver Richard Lietz at the wheel, crashed in the morning practice session, and the subsequent major repairs caused the car to miss the rest of the day's sessions, including qualifying. The rest of the field -- positions 31 to the end -- will qualify on Friday.

-credit: porsche motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Emmanuel Collard , Bill Auberlen , Terry Borcheller , Hurley Haywood , Darren Law , David Donohue , Joao Barbosa , Patrick Long , Buddy Rice , Spencer Pumpelly , Johnny Mowlem , Romain Dumas , Bryan Sellers , J.C. Fra , Alex Job , Tom Papadopoulos , Lance Willsey , Richard Lietz
Teams Alex Job Racing