Gurney Puts Corvette Prototype On Rolex Pole
Alex Gurney put the No. 99 Bob Stallings/GAINSCO Corvette DP on the overall pole for 2014 Rolex 24 with a fast lap of 1 minute, 38.270 seconds (130.416 mph) at Daytona International Speedway.
Gurney, son of the legendary Dan Gurney – winner of the first endurance race at DIS – collected the historic first pole of the Tudor United SportsCar Challenge series, which is the result of the merging of the Grand-Am Rolex and American Le Mans Series.
Gurney and his longtime co-driver Jon Fogarty – two-time champions in the Rolex Series –are joined this week by Memo Gidley and Darren Law.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Gurney-Fogarty combination has never produced a Rolex 24 win.
Gurney acknowledged the satisfaction a victory this weekend would provide, saying, “It would be the biggest thing in my career, I think. But yeah, for me personally, this is the biggest race we do [in North America]. It’s the one we all want to win.”
Daytona Prototypes dominated the class qualifying, taking nine of the first 10 positions. The fastest P2 car was 11th overall, the No. 6 Nissan ORECA driven by Klaus Graf, at 1:39.829 (128.380).
Other class poles:
· In the Prototype Challenge (PC) class, former NASCAR driver Colin Braun put the No. 54 ORECA FLM09 on point, with a lap of 1:41.777 (125.922), good for 14th overall.
· In GT Le Mans (GTLM), Marc Goossens turned a pole-winning lap of 1:44.506 (122.634) in the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS- R. The car will start 25th overall.
· In GT Daytona (GTD), the No. 48 Audi R8 claimed the top spot in the class — and 34th overall — via Christopher Haase’s lap of 1:46.973 (119.806).No Comment