Rolex 24 At Daytona Round One Qualifying Quotes DIDIER THEYS, ...
Rolex 24 At Daytona Round One Qualifying Quotes
DIDIER THEYS, #27 Doran Lista Racing Judd Dallara, Pole Winner: "I took six laps and my first one was my best one, or should I say, the lap with no traffic. Every lap after that I had traffic. I could have done much better than what I did, but we got the pole. My last lap wasn't very good. I lost quite a bit behind a slower car in the infield."
ANTHONY LAZZARO, #8 Rand Racing/Risi Competizione Nissan Lola, SRPII Pole Winner: "We brought a new car here, different from the one we tested in January. The guys on the team did a real good job putting the car together, because we didn't really get a proper test here. So today's been like a test day for us and the weather has been a lot hotter than back at the early January test. So we're working on our set up quite a bit. We don't have it quite right for the race yet. Getting the pole is a good moral booster for everybody, but we'd like to have been a little fastest than we were. We'll do a little more work tonight, and we've got some more time tomorrow to get it right. Terry (Borcheller) and I won SRP II in November. That was our first race, and today was our first qualifying run, because we didn't qualify in November and started in the back."
IRV HOERR, #29 Blue Sky Racing Hoerr Mustang, AGT Pole Winner: "That was our goal, winning the pole. We didn't want to overextend the car or take any chances, after what happened this morning. I knew the 90 car would be our main competition, so when they pitted, I knew I was a little bit ahead, so I came in, too. I knew I could have gone a little bit faster, but what would have been the point? We damaged the nose this morning, very severely, but we will be able to repair it so it will be able to be used as a backup during the race. All (winning the pole) is, is glory. It doesn't mean anything in a 24-hour race. But because this is a car I built, it was real important and special for me to put it on the pole."
PAUL GENTILOZZI, No. 3 Rocketsports Racing/Johnson Controls Jaguar, GTS Pole Winner: "We're a little disappointed in our time. We had a breaker that kept popping and kept failing the power steering every lap. So we'd have half a lap with power steering, and half a lap without it. That slowed us down a little bit, but we accomplished what we came for, which was to start first in GTS. We have the proper part now, and we'll be fine. The power steering won't be a problem. I've been thinking we've got great driver balance. There are fast guys in all of the other cars, but they can't drive the whole 24 hours. There's no difference between the three of us (Gentilozzi, Scott Pruett and Brian Simo), and we want Michael (Lauer) to be conservative and do his job. If we get to Sunday and get to where we have to race the last three or four hours, we've got guys that can race!"
JOAO BARBOSA, #24 Prospective Racing Mosler MT900R, GT Pole Winner: "We've been working on this car for a month already. We did a pre-test earlier this week at Moroso (Motorsports Park in West Palm Beach, near Mosler headquarters). We were confident that the car was running very good, and we would get a good result. This is my second straight pole here, and I'm very happy with that. It's not the same car, but the team did a really, really good job setting up the car for this race. The car is very easy to drive - the time comes naturally. We're pretty confident for the race. The car has not had any problems, so we hope that it will stay that way for the whole 24-hour race. We had a lot of little problems last year, because it was the first car we built at Mosler, and on a really tight schedule, so we were not really ready for a 24-hour race. I'm confident we're much better prepared this year."
The 40th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona kicks off the 2002 Rolex Sports Car Series season, as well as SpeedWeeks at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets are currently on sale for the Rolex 24 At Daytona and may be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at 386-253-RACE. The Rolex 24 At Daytona will be broadcast on Speedvision.