Andrew Davis Puts Defending GT Champion Brumos Porsche on the Rolex 24 at Daytona Pole; Lally in Magnus Porsche Third; Long earns Lizard Porsche Fourth on the Grid
Daytona Beach, FL -- January 26 – Andrew Davis, defending Rolex Grand-Am champion driver with Brumos Porsche teammate Leh Keen, put the Jacksonville, Fla.-based 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car on the GT class pole for Saturday Rolex 24 Hours a Daytona.
Davis, from Bogart, Georgia, though he had a jump on the crowded 46-car field as his Brumos crew worked hard to get him out first in the qualifying line, but he was disappointed with his opening lap effort.
We were fortunate to get in seven laps, and the new 2012 Brumos Porsche was perfect.
“The guys did a great job getting me out onto pit lane in front, as we thought it would be important to get a clean lap with all the traffic, but my first lap wasn’t so great. The first time I was fastest in the session, I was surprised as I was not successful in finding someone to draft, but the car felt great and I figured we’d at least make the top ten. Then Patrick (Long in the Flying Lizard Porsche), and the Risi Ferrari went faster, but I found a drafting partner and squeezed out the best time in the end. With only a 15-minute session, we were fortunate to get in seven laps, and the new 2012 Brumos Porsche was perfect. I am humbled to be fastest in a field which includes Porsche, Ferrari, Corvette/Camaro, and BMW factory drivers. But I better enjoy it tonight, because it really means nothing once the race begins,” said Davis.
Andy Lally, also from the Atlanta area (Dacula, Georgia) was the next fastest Porsche qualifier, put his Magnus Racing Porsche in third position, only four-hundreths-of-a-second off the pole, while Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Belleair, FL) earned fourth position in the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, two-tenths-of-a-second behind Lally.
Long commented that his results was a good end to a trying day.
“I’m pretty happy with how qualifying ended up for us. We fought some car issues in the first session and had to cut the second session short for repairs. So to have everything come together for a top-five result is a good morale booster for the race,” said Long, the only American factory driver employed by Porsche.
“With such a large GT field, the race is going to be extremely hectic: it’s definitely the largest GT field I’ve ever raced in. I am sure it will be a race of attrition but I also expect there to be a significant number of top cars fighting for the GT win at the end,” Long added.
For Alex Job Racing’s Marco Holzer (Germany), who will start sixth on the GT grid, changes on the car made for a good qualifying session, but traffic prevented an even better result.
“Qualifying was OK as we changed a few things on the car before the session that made it better. My last lap was the quickest, but I had to overtake two cars, costing me a few tenths. Sixth place is a good position; it is a long race. We will have a good car over the distance. I am looking forward to the race. The work we put in on the test days is really paying off. The WeatherTech car is handling really well. We have two more practices before the race, so we will work on it a little more," said Holzer, also a Porsche factory driver. Complete qualifying results can be found at: