Rolex 24: Conway edges Stroll to top final practice
Mike Conway put the Action Express Cadillac on top in final practice for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona, edging out Williams Formula 1 driver Lance Stroll.
Toyota LMP1 star Conway ousted Stroll from the top of the times just over 20 minutes into the one-hour session on Friday morning with a best time of 1m36.865s aboard the #31 Cadillac DPi-V.R.
That demoted Stroll and the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca LMP2 to second place, 0.181s behind Conway and a tenth ahead of Tristan Vautier in the #90 Spirit of Daytona Cadillac.
DTM champion Rene Rast put the best of the Joest-run Mazda DPis, the #77 car, in fourth place, while the sister #55 machine missed the session due to an engine change.
Filipe Albuquerque made it three Cadillacs in the top five in the second Action Express machine.
The two cars that will start from the front row on Saturday were seventh and eighth-fastest, with Graham Rahal in the best of the Team Penske Acura ARX-05s leading Jordan Taylor's Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac.
Fernando Alonso was 16th fastest in the #23 United Autosports Ligier JS P217, 1.930s off the pace and two places behind the sister #32 car that suffered a puncture while Bruno Senna was at the wheel.
In GT Le Mans, Joey Hand led the way in the #66 Ford GT with a best time of 1m44.602s, 0.057s up on Gianmaria Bruni in the best of the Porsches.
The class pole-sitting #3 Corvette was seventh-fastest ahead of the two all-new BMW M8 GTEs.
Fastest in GT Daytona was Porsche driver Matteo Cairoli in the #59 Manthey 911 GT3 R, four tenths clear of Jeroen Bleekemolen's #33 Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Final practice results (top 10):
|1||31|| Mike Conway |
|2||37|| Robin Frijns |
|3||90|| Matt McMurry |
Eddie Cheever III
|4||77|| Oliver Jarvis |
|5||5|| Christian Fittipaldi |
|6||22|| Pipo Derani |
Johannes van Overbeek
|7||7|| Helio Castroneves |
|8||10|| Jordan Taylor |
Renger van der Zande
|9||6|| Juan Pablo Montoya |
|10||2|| Scott Sharp |
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About this article
|Location||Daytona International Speedway|
|Drivers||Mike Conway , Lance Stroll Shop Now|
|Teams||Action Express Racing|
|Article type||Practice report|