Dumas lands Penske first pole in New Jersey

Romain Dumas bested Scott Pruett by 0.208 seconds to land Penske Racing their first Grand-Am Rolex Series pole in today's Daytona Prototype qualifying at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The Frenchman's time in the Porsche Riley was 1:14.057 ...

Romain Dumas bested Scott Pruett by 0.208 seconds to land Penske Racing their first Grand-Am Rolex Series pole in today's Daytona Prototype qualifying at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The Frenchman's time in the Porsche Riley was 1:14.057 (109.37mph).

Dumas and Timo Bernhard are in their first season in the Rolex series; even though both have done a few Daytona 24 hour events and they have won championships and races in sportscar competition, this is truly a rookie year for them as a team competing in the Daytona Prototypes.

"For sure this is a great pleasure to get the first pole for Penske in Grand-Am," Dumas said. "I knew I had to push and the crew was encouraging me on the radio. I was fastest first, then he (Scott Pruett) went faster, so I pushed and got back ahead."

Pruett who shares the Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley with Memo Rojas hit his best lap at 1:14.265 (109.068mph) to slot on the front row with the second fastest time.

Bob Stallings Racing's Pontiac Riley was third quick at 1:14.919 (108.116 mph) and will be joined on the second row by Krohn Racing with a best time of 1:14.968 (108.046 mph) in a Ford Lola.

The top four were separated by less than one second.

This is the third round on the calendar and after a long break, the series has held back-to-back events. Bernhard and Dumas ran for the first time at VIR last Saturday and now they again are on a an unfamiliar track. The 2 hour and 45 minute race will take the green flag tomorrow at 1:00 PM (EDT).

"This is my first time here, but Timo (Bernhard) is the detail man. He studies the tracks and I learn them when I arrive. He showed me two things before we got here - the track map and video of his (pointing to second-place qualifier Scott Pruett) crash here last year. "Timo told me not to do that," quipped Dumas.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Timo Bernhard , Memo Rojas , Romain Dumas , Chip Ganassi , Bob Stallings
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Team Penske , Krohn Racing