2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona Daytona International Speedway Provisional qualifying, Jan. 31 SRPII pole Anthony Lazzaro of Acworth, Ga. posted the fastest the SRPII class qualifying time for the 40th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He drove the...
2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona
Daytona International Speedway
Provisional qualifying, Jan. 31
Anthony Lazzaro of Acworth, Ga. posted the fastest the SRPII class qualifying time for the 40th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He drove the No. 8 Rand Racing Nissan-powered Lola to the class pole position in one minute, 49.449 seconds on the 3.65-mile Daytona International Speedway road course. He will drive with Terry Borcheller of Phoenix, Ralf Kelleners of Germany and Bill Rand of Plano, Tex.
"The track's really hot compared to when we tested [earlier in January]," Lazzaro noted. "We brought back a different race car - a brand-new car for the race. We really didn't get a proper test under it last week [in Texas] because of weather conditions, so today's like a bit of a test day. The guys did a really good job getting the car prepared. We're fighting a bit of a balance problem that we have to fix, but it's good to get the pole for Rand Racing."
Ralf Kelleners set the fastest Rand Racing time during the Rolex open test earlier this month, not Terry Borcheller as originally reported. Kelleners was also the fastest Daytona qualifier in 2001 in the Risi Competizione Ferrari 333 SP; because he set the time during second-day qualifying, the team started third instead of on the pole. He says he has "thumbs tucked" (the German equivalent of crossed fingers) for more fast times this week.
What does it take to go fast at Daytona?
"I think it comes down to the team - the better the car, the quicker you can go," Kelleners said. "There's not so much difference in the driver - between somebody who's very experienced here and somebody not very experienced, there may be half a second. Most of the time you gain is in the team and the knowledge of how to set up a car to the track. Preparation and experience makes this team always finish well. We always qualify well, we always fight for the lead because all the technicians in this team are very experienced."