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Gurney Puts Corvette Prototype On Rolex Pole

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, January 23 2014

Alex Gurney put the No. 99 Chevrolet Corvette DP car on the pole for this weekend's Rolex 24 on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of IMSA)


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).

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, January 23 2014
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