Magnussen nabs Homestead-Miami pole

Jan Magnussen nabbed the pole for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway, lapping the 2.3-mile, 11-turn road course in 1:14.321. The Dane was .188 seconds quicker than Jon Fogarty in the No. 99 Bob ...

Jan Magnussen nabbed the pole for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway, lapping the 2.3-mile, 11-turn road course in 1:14.321. The Dane was .188 seconds quicker than Jon Fogarty in the No. 99 Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley. Porsche factory driver Patrick Long qualified third in the Alex Job Racing Porsche Crawford.

"I think we have a good car," said Magnussen, whose team made some vital changes to the SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley after a morning practice session. "Like everybody else in qualifying, we were fast in the beginning and then it was more and more difficult to keep the life in the tires. But I thought the car worked well. Even when the tires went off, there was still good balance in the car. I am looking forward to having a good race car. Starting from pole makes it much easier - in the beginning of the race at least.

"Obviously, I am very happy with how things went in qualifying. To be on pole for this race is very important for us especially because it's a very big weekend for (our sponsor), with a lot of guests and important people here. I hope we can take this pole position and turn it into a win this time - we're tired of being third." Magnussen's team has finished third in the first two races of the season and he and teammate Max Angelelli lie second in the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype championship standings, three points behind Ganassi Racing's Scott Pruett. Pruett qualified seventh for Saturday's race.

The No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley and the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley rounded out the top-five in the Daytona Prototype class.

Fresh off a podium finish three weeks ago in Mexico City, Leh Keen set the fastest lap in GT class qualifying. "We kind of held back at first and waited in the garage and let everybody do their thing," explained Keen, who will share the No. 85 Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche in the race with Dominik Farnbacher.

"During the qualifying session, a car went off and then there was a black flag situation. So after that we pulled up in the front of the line for the pits. We were first the first out. We just did a couple of laps and managed to finish .063 seconds ahead of the (No. 70 SpeedSource) Mazda."

Nick Ham was second fastest, followed by Eric Lux in the No. 74 Tafel Racing Porsche. Ham and teammate Sylvain Tremblay currently sit atop the GT class championship standings.

Saturday's race will begin at 2 p.m. EDT and be broadcast live on the Speed Channel.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Scott Pruett , Max Angelelli , Sylvain Tremblay , Patrick Long , Nick Ham , Lehman Keen , Eric Lux , Dominik Farnbacher , Bob Stallings , Alex Job
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Krohn Racing , Alex Job Racing , SpeedSource