DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 1, 2002) -- A field of 74 cars was finalized today for Saturday's start of the 40th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. After the first 35 positions on the starting grid were locked-in on Thursday, the remaining...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 1, 2002) -- A field of 74 cars was finalized today for Saturday's start of the 40th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. After the first 35 positions on the starting grid were locked-in on Thursday, the remaining cars took to the track today, jockeying for a spot on the grid.
Only two SportsRacing Prototype entries were in the second qualifying session. Anthony Kumpen qualified the #78 BMW-powered Norma in the 21st position during Friday's session, but the team decided to change drivers, replacing Kumpen with John Mirro. The driver change resulted in the #78 car giving up its spot on the grid, forcing it to re-qualify for the race. However, second round qualifying was not as good to the #78 Norma, as its 2:21.372 lap time failed to place it in the top-35. However, the team was granted a provisional start and will begin the race from the 71st position.
The #87 Ford-powered Norma clocked the quickest time of the session with a 1:50.559 lap at 115.920 mph after missing Friday's qualifying session.
The Team Seattle/Park Place Racing #53 Saleen S7R was the quickest GTS car, with Bruno Lambert clocking a 114.525 lap. Seikel Motorsports was the fastest GT car with Hugh Plumb turning a 1:54.796 lap in the #57 Porsche GT3 R.
Last year's SportsRacing Prototype II Rolex 24 winner, Archangel Motorsport Services' #21 Nissan Lola qualified in the 42nd position with Jeff Clinton behind the wheel. The quickest American GT car during the second round qualifying was Paladin Racing's Oldsmobile Aurora with a 108.660 mph lap.
Four cars were granted provisional spots on the grid, while five failed to qualify for the race.
The cars will take to the grid for the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Saturday, with the green flag set to fall on the classic endurance race at 1 p.m.
The 40th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona kicks off the 2002 Rolex Sports Car Series season, as well as SpeedWeeks at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets are currently on sale for the Rolex 24 At Daytona and may be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at 386-253-RACE. The Rolex 24 At Daytona will be broadcast on Speedvision.