Tightest Rolex Qualifying in History-Porsche Teams Ready to Race; Qualifying for Rolex 24 Closest in History for Both DP and GT Brumos Porsche Riley in seventh - less than a second off the pace; TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup only three-tenths of a ...
Tightest Rolex Qualifying in History-Porsche Teams Ready to Race; Qualifying for Rolex 24 Closest in History for Both DP and GT
Brumos Porsche Riley in seventh - less than a second off the pace; TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup only three-tenths of a second from pole in fifth
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - January 28 - Porsche customer racing teams in both the Daytona prototype class and the Rolex GT category have positioned themselves well for North America's most important 24 hour race despite the fact their racing rivals grabbed pole positions for Saturday's Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Darren Law, from Phoenix, Ariz., put the #59 Brumos Porsche Riley in the seventh spot on the grid, less than a second from pole-sitting V-8 Ford Dallara. Law, who, along with David Donohue, Antonio Garcia, and Buddy Rice won the race overall last year, feels that the car is well set up for the race, and has confidence that this year's Brumos drivers know how to win a 24-hour event.
"Butch Leitzinger, a three time winner, Raphael Matos, my regular co-driver David Donohue, and Hurley Haywood, the American endurance legend, all know what is needed to win. We have the crew and the car to win, and we hope the drivers can bring home a victory," said Law.
GT qualifying: top ten within a second
Three Porsches, four Mazdas, two BMWs and a Corvette make up the top ten for Rolex GT qualifying, with the top Porsche qualifier fifth in class. Kelly Collins, from Newport Beach, Calif., put the #66 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup within three-tenths of a second of the pole, but could not penetrate the one-two-three Mazda qualifying results. Collins will share driving duties with Andy Lally, Ted Ballou, Wolf Henzler and Patrick Flannigan.
"With Porsches' 63 class wins and 37 class and overall wins for the Porsche 911 at the Rolex 24, we know that our teams have set up their cars for the long haul, and both our race cars and street cars and their components have a solid reputation for endurance," said Paul Ritchie, president of Porsche Motorsport.
Sixth on the grid is the #88 Orbit Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Johnny Mowlem, Guy Cosmo, Tom Papadopoulos, John Baker and Lance Willsey as drivers, with #67 TRG/Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Joeg Bergmeister, Patrick Long, Johannes van Overbeek and Seth Neiman seventh.