Daytona 24: Toyota Lexus first qualifying report

Pruett, Lexus Win Rolex 24 Pole DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2005) -- Defending Daytona Prototype champion Scott Pruett put his CompUSA Lexus on the pole for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona in Grand-Am qualifying at Daytona International ...

Pruett, Lexus Win Rolex 24 Pole

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2005) -- Defending Daytona Prototype champion Scott Pruett put his CompUSA Lexus on the pole for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona in Grand-Am qualifying at Daytona International Speedway today. Pruett will be looking for his sixth Rolex 24 victory.

The pole is the second straight for the northern California native in the twice-around-the-clock extravaganza. It also marks the eighth consecutive pole for the CompUSA Lexus team and the 12th in 13 Rolex Sports Car Series events for Lexus.

Pruett will be joined in the #01 CompUSA by full-time Grand-Am teammate Luis Diaz, as well as IRL rookie Ryan Briscoe, who came to Ganassi Racing after serving as the Toyota F1 test driver for the past three seasons.

Pruett led a Ganassi Racing assault that saw three of the team's Lexus-powered entries qualify in the top-five overall. Stefan Johansson placed fourth in his debut showing in the #02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley, while 2003 IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon placed fifth in the Target Lexus-Riley. Johansson will team with Cort Wagner and Nextel Cup star Jamie McMurray. Dixon will be joined by IRL teammate Darren Manning and NASCAR's Casey Mears.

Newcomer Fabrizio Gollin registered a 10th in the Crown Royal Lexus-Doran for Doran Racing. He'll team with fellow FIA GT champion Matteo Bobbi and two-time Rolex 24 winner Didier Theys when the green flag falls on Saturday.

Robinson Racing placed 22nd and Cegwa Sport was 24th to round out the Lexus-powered entries.

SPEED will provide 14.5 hours of television coverage on this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona beginning at noon on Saturday February 5, and will carry all of the action through the first seven hours of the race. After a one-hour break, the telecast resumes at 8:00 p.m., with coverage continuing until 11:00 p.m. ET. The third and final segment of the telecast hits the airwaves at 8:00 a.m., running through the race's conclusion and including the post-race victory celebrations.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Darren Manning , Fabrizio Gollin , Stefan Johansson , Didier Theys , Casey Mears , Scott Dixon , Scott Pruett , Jamie McMurray , Luis Diaz , Ryan Briscoe , Cort Wagner
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Doran Racing