Daytona Rolex 24 test 97-01-12

Velez smashes Daytona lap record again; BMW and Dodge do likewise DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 12) -- Spaniard Fermin Velez emphatically closed the final pre-season test for the Feb. 1-2 Rolex 24 At Daytona with the fastest lap of the ...

Velez smashes Daytona lap record again; BMW and Dodge do likewise

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 12) -- Spaniard Fermin Velez emphatically closed the final pre-season test for the Feb. 1-2 Rolex 24 At Daytona with the fastest lap of the weekend -- 1:40.576, an average speed of 127.42 mph -- around the Daytona International Speedway road course. For the third straight day, Frenchman Olivier Beretta was under the Rolex 24 Exxon GTS-1 qualifying record in the Oreca Dodge Viper GTS-R, Sunday with a lap of 1:46.693/120.12 mph. Derek Hill, the son of former Formula One world champion Phil Hill, unofficially broke the Exxon GTS-3 qualifying record with a lap of 1:56.552/109.95. Various class qualifying records were broken no less than 15 times during the 10th annual test. A total of 59 Exxon Series entries participated. Practice and qualifying for the 35th Rolex 24 At Daytona IMSA Exxon World SportsCar Championship and Supreme GT Series event begins Jan. 30. IMSA TEST SPEEDS -- Jan. 12 EXXON WSC 1. 3 Evans/Velez/Salazar/Morgan Ferrari 333 SP 1:40.576 127.42 2. 16 Weaver/Leitzinger/Dyson/Paul Ford R&S Mk. III 1:42.804 124.66 3. 30 Moretti/Theys/Bell/Hermann Ferrari 333 SP 1:43.107 124.29 4. 1 Taylor/Sharp/Van de Poele Olds R&S Mk. III 1:43.125 124.27 5. 29 Caffi/Rosa/Montani Olds R&S Mk. III 1:44.047 123.17

                                EXXON GTS-1
1. 97 Dupuy/Beretta                 Dodge Viper       1:46.693  120.12
2. 75 Robinson/Hoerr/Baldwin/Sifton Olds Aurora       1:47.867  118.81
3. 71 Said/Bertaggia/Lassig/Unser   Callaway C7R      1:47.908  118.76
4. 45 Jones/Davies/Goodyear/Root    Porsche 911 Turbo 1:55.359  111.09
5. 91 Schramm/Hayner/Heinricy       Chev. Camaro      1:55.919  110.56
                                EXXON GTS-2
1. 56 Snow/Kitchak/Ollila/Lintott   Porsche 911       1:55.674  110.79
2. 65 Saleen/Cobb/Rizzo             Ford Mustang      1:58.025  108.58
                                EXXON GTS-3
1. 07 Quester/Duez/Hill             BMW M3            1:56.552  109.95
2. 76 Collins/Wagner/Doolin/Brown   Porsche 911       1:57.495  109.07
3.  7 Auberlen/Said/Quiros          BMW M3            1:57.654  108.92
4. 36 Matthews/Haywood/Bundy/Murry  Porsche 993       1:58.126  108.49
5. 38 Green/Schroeder/Loebel/Hein   Acura NSX         1:58.209  108.41

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Derek Hill , Phil Hill , Fermin Velez , Olivier Beretta