Daytona Finale: Duncan Dayton qualifying report

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 31 - Making his first Grand American Rolex Series start of the year, Duncan Dayton of North Salem, N.Y. put a brand-new car making its first start ever solidly on the grid in fourth place in the Daytona Prototype class ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 31 - Making his first Grand American Rolex Series start of the year, Duncan Dayton of North Salem, N.Y. put a brand-new car making its first start ever solidly on the grid in fourth place in the Daytona Prototype class during qualifications Friday at Daytona International Speedway.

Dayton's fourth lap in the session was clocked in 1:51.724 for an average speed of 114.711 mph in the PAP Parts FABCAR BMW #7. He'll start beside the Brumos Racing FABCAR Porsche #58 on the outside of row three when the race, which will be broadcast live on SPEED tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., gets the green flag.

His co-drivers here are Steve Southard of Powell, Ohio and Chip Vance of Dublin, Ohio.

"For the first time out, I'm very pleased," Dayton said after the run.  "The
car's straight-line speed is quite good.  We've been trying to figure out what
makes this car happy.  Every change has been a step in the right direction,
and fourth in class is a great result.  We'll just try to go forward from here."

Dayton, who tied for second in the ALMS 675 point championship this year in the Intersport Lola and has driven that car very successfully here at Daytona too, said that the biggest differences driving the Lola and the FABCAR here are that the Daytona Prototype is much heavier and has smaller Goodyear tires, which makes it not roll around as much. "It's not as high-tech as the Lola, but it's still a lot of fun," he said. "It's a great car to drive."

The FABCAR is one of four cars the incredibly busy Dayton is driving here this weekend. He's also driving two cars in the HSR vintage races: an orange 1972 Chevron B23 and a yellow 1967 Lola T-70 Mk III. Both of them are in group seven in the HSR classifications, so his teammate from Formula 2000 days, Andy Lally, qualified the '67 Lola for him Friday while Dayton was in the Chevron.

Dayton is also driving a dark blue '67-'68 Camaro Trans Am car in an endurance vintage race here this weekend.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Duncan Dayton , Chip Vance