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‘The Axe’ Earns 24 Pole

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, January 28 2010

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Max Angelelli prevailed in a back-and-forth battle in qualifying Thursday at Daytona International Speedway to capture the pole for the 48th Rolex 24 At Daytona. Angelelli secured the top position for the opening round of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series with a lap of 1:40.827 (127.108 mph) in the No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara.

Ozz Negri will start from the outside of row run after running 1:41.100 (126.765 mph), in the No. 60 Crown Royal Ford Riley, edging out Michael Shank Racing teammate Michael Valiante, 1:41.110 (126.755 mph) in the No. 6 Ford Riley.

The car is great,” Angelelli said. “It’s really easy to drive. It’s fast. We have everything in place, and we’re really looking forward to the race to get a good result. Now it’s up to us as drivers to make it happen. The SunTrust car is just fast – unbelievable.”

The opening practice session was marked by three single-car incidents that damaged contending cars driven by four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Lucas Luhr and Martin Ragginger. All three cars are expected to be ready to race following extensive repairs.

Jeff Segal won the GT pole in the final lap of qualifying with a track record lap of 1:49.282 (117.275 mph) in the No. 69 SpeedSource FXDD Mazda RX-8.

The Rolex 24 takes the green flag at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, January 28 2010
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