Pruett Puts No. 01 Back On The Pole In Rolex 24 At Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 3, 2005) -- For the second straight year, sports car veteran Scott Pruett drove the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley to the pole ...
Pruett Puts No. 01 Back On The Pole In Rolex 24 At Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 3, 2005) -- For the second straight year, sports car veteran Scott Pruett drove the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley to the pole position for the 43rd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona at historic Daytona International Speedway.
Pruett, who'll share the driving duties on the Lexus Riley Daytona Prototype with Luis Diaz and Ryan Briscoe, toured the demanding 3.56-mile road course on Thursday in one minute, 46.928 seconds, 119.856 mph.
"For me that was pretty ragged," Pruett said. Qualifying is about taking some pretty big chances that you feel like you can get away with. That was about as much as I was comfortable with going into a 24-hour event."
Capturing the outside pole for Saturday's Rolex 24 was Max Angelelli, who posted a speed of 119.837 mph in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley, which also sat on the outside pole for last year's Rolex 24.
"I'm happy to be on the front row, especially this year in front of so many famous drivers, quick drivers and good cars," Angelelli said. "But it's disappointing when you cannot get the pole and you've basically been fastest all day long, so my enjoyment is cut 50 percent. This race is so different to the others because it can be anything. It can be good, it can be bad. Of course, we have a good car, I think we're fast, but the race is 24 hours-one day-and anything can happen."
Rounding out the top five was the No. 66 Krohn Racing/TRG with driver Max Papis, the No. 02 New Century Mtg/Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley with driver Stefan Johansson and the No. 03 Target Chip Ganassi Lexus Riley with driver Scott Dixon.
Said Papis: "It was a very, very good effort. It was the first time we've actually ran the No. 66 car in qualifying trim. We have in front two of the most recognized and most experienced teams in endurance racing. We had a fantastic effort. I'm really, really proud of all of our guys."
In GT qualifying, German Wolf Henzler placed the No. 71 Farnbacher Racing Porsche GT3 Cup on the GT class pole position. Henzler logged a best lap of 1:55.958, 110.523 mph, topping the next closest qualifier by more than half a second.
"Last year I raced in Europe in the Porsche Supercup and the German Porsche Cup," Henzler said. "This is my first race at Daytona. My first time here was in the test four weeks ago, and that was also my first time running on banking. It is fantastic. When I first saw it I felt it would be easy to learn, but after a few laps I realized it was really difficult."
In Grand-Am Cup qualifying for Friday's race, Justin Marks in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 clocked a time of 2:04.019, 103.339 mph to take the pole position overall and in the Grand Sport class. Marks will share the front row with Jep Thornton in the No. 09 Automatic Racing BMW M3 who starts second with a time of 2:04.791, 102.700 mph.
In the Sport Touring class, defending class co-champion David Haskell in the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 will start first in class thanks to a best lap of 2:12.798, 96.507 mph. Starting second on the ST grid will be Tim Pappas in the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i following a lap of 2:12.994, 96.365 mph.
Tickets for any of the Roles 24 events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.