Homestead: Porsche qualifying report

PORSCHE-POWERED DAYTONA PROTOTYPES GRAB POLE, FOUR OF TOP FIVE ROLEX GRAND-AM GRID POSITIONS FOR GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI MIAMI - March 24, 2006 - The two Porsche factory drivers that joined the company together as teenagers, Mike Rockenfeller and ...

PORSCHE-POWERED DAYTONA PROTOTYPES GRAB POLE, FOUR OF TOP FIVE ROLEX GRAND-AM GRID POSITIONS FOR GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI

MIAMI - March 24, 2006 - The two Porsche factory drivers that joined the company together as teenagers, Mike Rockenfeller and Patrick Long, have put the Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports Porsche Crawford on the pole for Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead Miami Speedway.

The car, which led the most laps at the recent Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, set a qualifying record during the Friday night qualifying session with Rockenfeller at the controls. Rockenfeller and Long, along with Lucas Luhr, finished third overall at Daytona despite two long stints in the pits, and would like the chance to show the Rolex field that a Porsche-powered racer can outrun the field.

"We were the fastest car all week at Daytona, but could not leave with bragging rights as the car had mechanical problems. When the green flag drops on Saturday, the Alex Job team and Porsche have something to prove," said Rockenfeller, the German driver now living in Monaco.

Next to the Alex Job car on the front row is the Porsche Crawford entered by Cheever Racing and driven by Eddie Cheever, Jr., Christian Fittipaldi and Lucas Luhr - and qualified by Fittipaldi, while the Red Bull/Brumos Porsche Fabcar of Darren Law and David Donohue - qualified by Donohue, is third. It is the first time in the history of the Rolex Grand-Am series that Porsche-powered prototypes have earned the top three grid positions.

The GlycoMax Synergy Racing Porsche Doran of Brian and Burt Frisselle - fastest in yesterday's late-afternoon practice - will start fifth on the grid after Burt was able to turn a fast lap late in qualifying.

Other Porsche qualifying results included the Brumos Porsche Fabcar driven by Hurley Haywood and IndyCar star Roberto Moreno (14th) , and the new Porsche Riley of Charles and Robert Mogan (17th).

In the GT class, Porsche also took the top three grid positions, with the Tafel Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry of Wolf Henzler/Robin Liddell also setting a qualifying record with Wolf Henzler at the helm. Second was the team Porsche of Andrew Davis and team owner Jim Tafel Porsche, while Robert Bell and John Dalziel put the SAMAX Porsche in the third position in class.

The March 25 event, which will be telecast at 8:00 PM EST (tape-delayed, same day coverage) by the SPEED Channel, gives Porsche a chance to showcase its 3.8-liter, six- cylinder 911-based engine in a record number six Daytona prototypes, and the GT class Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars battle the Pontiacs and Mazdas in that class.

Besides Saturday's SPEED telecast, fans can follow the action with live scoring and press notes on www.grandamerican.com starting at Saturday, March 25 at 6:30 PM EST (Speed TV will show the entire event tape-delayed starting at 8:00 PM EST).

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Roberto Moreno , Christian Fittipaldi , Robin Liddell , Lucas Luhr , Darren Law , David Donohue , Patrick Long , Burt Frisselle , Andrew Davis , Mike Rockenfeller , Wolf Henzler , Jim Tafel , John Dalziel , Alex Job