Jan 27 | 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona qualifying results

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Qualifying results from the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series’ Rolex 24 At Daytona qualifying session.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The following are results from the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series’ Rolex 24 At Daytona qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway by starting position, car number in parenthesis, class, driver, car, time and speed. The 24-hour race will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday.
 
1. (45) DP; Jorg Bergmeister; Porsche/Riley; 1:40.099; 128.033 mph.
2. (10) DP; Max Angelelli; Chevrolet/Dallara; 1:40.133; 127.990 mph.
3. (01) DP; Scott Pruett; BMW/Riley; 1:40.245; 127.847 mph.
4. (8) DP; Ryan Dalziel; Ford/Riley; 1:40.250; 127.840 mph.
5. (02) DP; Scott Dixon; BMW/Riley; 1:40.302; 127.774 mph.
6. (90) DP; Antonio Garcia; Chevrolet/Coyote; 1:40.396; 127.654 mph.
7. (77) DP; Brian Frisselle; Ford/Dallara; 1:40.468; 127.563 mph.
8. (6) DP; AJ Allmendinger; Ford/Dallara; 1:40.469; 127.562 mph.
9. (23) DP; Martin Brundle; Ford/Riley; 1:40.784; 127.163 mph.
10. (99) DP; Alex Gurney; Chevrolet/Riley; 1:40.828; 127.108 mph.
11. (60) DP; Ozz Negri; Ford/Riley; 1:40.847; 127.084 mph.
12. (9) DP; Joao Barbosa; Porsche/Riley; 1:41.128; 126.730 mph.
13. (5) DP; Darren Law; Porsche/Riley; 1:41.240; 126.590 mph.
14. (7) DP; Jan Heylen; Ford/Riley; 1:41.288; 126.530 mph.
15. (76) DP; Ricardo Zonta; Ford/Lola; 1:41.695; 126.024 mph.
16. (2) DP; Enzo Potoliccio; Ford/Riley; 1:44.111; 123.099 mph.
17. (66) GT; Dominik Farnbacher; Porsche GT3 Cup; 1:48.781; 117.815 mph.
18. (88) GT; Jordan Taylor; Camaro GT.R; 1:48.821; 117.771 mph.
19. (44) GT; Craig Stanton; Porsche GT3 Cup; 1:49.011; 117.566 mph.
20. (17) GT; Nick Tandy; Porsche GT3 Cup; 1:49.134; 117.434 mph.
21. (65) GT; Shane Lewis; Porsche GT3 Cup; 1:49.297; 117.258 mph.
22. (4) GT; Ryan Eversley; Porsche GT3 Cup; 1:49.451; 117.093 mph.
23. (57) GT; Robin Liddell; Camaro GT.R; 1:49.472; 117.071 mph.
24. (94) GT; Boris Said; BMW M3; 1:49.503; 117.038 mph.
25. (59) GT; Andrew Davis; Porsche GT3 Cup; 1:49.540; 116.998 mph.
26. (54) GT; Jeroen Bleekemolen; Porsche GT3 Cup; 1:49.554; 116.983 mph.
27. (22) GT; Darryl O'Young; Porsche GT3 Cup; 1:49.707; 116.820 mph.
28. (48) GT; Bryce Miller; Porsche GT3 Cup; 1:49.916; 116.598 mph.
29. (42) GT; Wayne Nonnamaker; Mazda RX-8; 1:49.961; 116.55 mph.
30. (40) GT; Charles Espenlaub; Mazda RX-8; 1:49.974; 116.537 mph.
31. (70) GT; Sylvain Tremblay; Mazda RX-8; 1:50.020; 116.488 mph.
32. (69) GT; Jeff Segal; Mazda RX-8; 1:50.064; 116.441 mph.
33. (32) GT; Ryan Lewis; BMW M6; 1:50.135; 116.366 mph.
34. (41) GT; James Gue; Mazda RX-8; 1:50.178; 116.321 mph.
35. (07) GT; Oliver Gavin; Camaro GT.R; 1:50.300; 116.192 mph.
36. (86) GT; Randy Pobst; Porsche GT3 Cup; 1:51.139; 115.315 mph.
37. (18) GT; Peter Ludwig; Porsche GT3 Cup; 1:51.305; 115.143 mph.
38. (11) GT; David Empringham; Ford Mustang GT; 1:51.528; 114.913 mph.
39. (36) GT; Justin Marks; Mazda RX-8; 1:51.847; 114.585 mph.
40. (53) GT; Ken Dobson; Porsche GT3 Cup; 1:51.983; 114.446 mph.
41. (56) GT; JF Dumoulin; Ferrari F430 CH; 1:51.996; 114.433 mph.
42. (81) GT; Cort Wagner; Ferrari F430 CH; 1:53.639; 112.778 mph.
43. (63) GT; Rich Grupp; RX-8; 1:54.184; 112.240 mph.
44. (43) GT; Joe Sahlen; Mazda RX-8; 1:55.203; 111.247 mph.
45. (47) GT; Maurice Hull; Porsche GT3 Cup; 1:57.478; 109.093 mph.
46. (95) DP; Ryan Hunter-Reay; BMW/Riley; NT.
47. (55) DP; Scott Tucker; BMW/Riley; NT.
48. (30) GT; Scott Rettich; Mazda RX-8; NT.
49. (67) GT; Andy Lally; Porsche GT3 Cup; NT.

Jan 27 | Bergmeister Captures Pole for Rolex 24 At Daytona

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Jorg Bergmeister laid down a Daytona Prototype track qualifying record lap of 1:40.099 (128.033 mph) to capture the pole for Saturday's 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Jorg Bergmeister
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jorg Bergmeister surprised even himself Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

Asked by his team to attempt one more lap in the 15-minute session, Bergmeister laid down a Daytona Prototype track qualifying record lap of 1:40.099 (128.033 mph) to capture the pole for Saturday's 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The race takes the green flag at 3:30 p.m. (ET). SPEED will provide seven hours of live coverage on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m., and resuming with seven hours on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.

"I was ready to come in, and the team told me to try again," Bergmeister said. "I went for it. I risked everything, and it worked out perfectly. I knew we have a great car and a great engine, but I was really surprised to win the pole - with the team running the DP for the first time. I was hoping to qualify in the top five."

Ironically, Bergmeister's No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche/Riley is the same car that David Donohue set the previous record of 1:40.540 (127.492 mph). Donohue went on to win the 2009 Rolex 24 for Brumos Racing, becoming the seventh and most recent driver to win the race from the pole.

"This car has some great history," said Bergmeister, who will co-drive with Patrick Long, Seth Neiman and Johannes van Overbeek.

Bergmeister will be joined on the front row by Max Angelelli, who ran 1:40.133 (127.990 mph) in the No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet/Riley.

"I'm happy with the front row, but this is a car that should be on the pole," Angelelli said. "I made a few mistakes and couldn't put together a clear lap."

Also under the previous track record were Scott Pruett (128.033 mph), Ryan Dalziel (127.840 mph), Scott Dixon (127.744 mph), Antonio Garcia (127.654 mph), Brian Frisselle (127.563 mph) and AJ Allmendinger (127.562 mph), all eclipsing Donohue's record.

In GT qualifying, Dominik Farnbacher was awarded the pole with a lap of 1:48.781 (117.815 mph) in the No. 66 TRG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup after teammate Andy Lally's time was disallowed due to a technical violation. Lally ran a lap of 1:48.487 (118.134 mph) in the No. 66 TRG Porsche, but his rear wing was found to be mounted too far to the rear.

Jordan Taylor will start second in the Autohaus Motorsports Camaro (117.771 mph). Craig Stanton (117.566 mph) and Nick Tandy (117.434 mph) were also under also under Jeff Segal's year-old GT record of 117.275 mph.

Final Rolex Series practice is set for Friday morning at 9 a.m. - noon (ET), followed by the GRAND-AM 200 for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets for the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Jan 26 | GRAND-AM Launches Live Timing and Scoring on Mobile Site

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The GRAND-AM mobile site will be active with timing and scoring for this weekend's Rolex 24 At Daytona, beginning with opening practice at 10 a.m.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- GRAND-AM is taking its racing to the fans in 2011, who won't have to miss a single lap of action ... even if they're not at the race track.

Followers of both the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will be able to follow all racing, qualifying and practice sessions from anywhere in the world by using the GRAND-AM.COM Mobile Site.

Anyone able to connect to the internet using a mobile device can use this service, which can be accessed from the GRAND-AM.com home page or by visiting http://m.grand-am.com.

Information to be streamed will include drivers' names, car numbers, class, position in class, last lap times and time behind the car ahead.
The mobile site also includes the latest news, information and event photos, as well as driver biographies and event schedules.

The GRAND-AM mobile site will be active with timing and scoring for this weekend's Rolex 24 At Daytona, beginning with opening practice at 10 a.m. Thursday, and will cover every event through the Sept. 17 finale at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The service is free, although standard data charges apply.
 

Jan 25 | Waltrip marks 25th Daytona 500 start with special ticket offer

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For Michael Waltrip, there’s no better way to spend the morning of the Daytona 500 – NASCAR’s biggest and most prestigious race of the year – than interacting with his fans and enjoying cupcakes and Coca-Cola products

Michael Waltrip

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – For Michael Waltrip, there’s no better way to spend the morning of the Daytona 500 – NASCAR’s biggest and most prestigious race of the year – than interacting with his fans and enjoying cupcakes and Coca-Cola products.

As the two-time Daytona 500 champion approaches his 25th start in the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, the popular NASCAR driver and owner of Michael Waltrip Racing will partner with Daytona International Speedway for the second straight year on a special ticket package – the Michael Waltrip Daytona 500 Celebration Offer.

Included in the ticket package, available for $129, is:
• A Superstretch Daytona 500 ticket
• Fan forum with Waltrip the morning of the Daytona 500
• Celebration with Waltrip featuring cupcakes and Coca-Cola products
• Gift bag that includes items from Michael Waltrip Racing partners
• Commemorative item signed by Waltrip for each ticket holder

Waltrip holds a couple of significant distinctions in the storied history of the Daytona 500. Along with his older brother Darrell, the Waltrips are the only brother combination to have ever won the Daytona 500 and Michael is also one of only eight multi-time winners.

“The Daytona 500 is one of the greatest sporting events in the world,” said Waltrip whose book “In the Blink of Eye” chronicling his 2001 Daytona 500 victory hits the shelves Feb. 1. “It’s an honor to be called a two-time Daytona 500 champion. My goal is 2011 is to be a three-time winner.”

The Michael Waltrip Daytona 500 Celebration Offer is available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/mwr or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DISUpdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway)

Jan 24 | Race fans can get a Rolex 24 At Daytona preview on FX

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Race fans can gear up for the 49th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona by watching GRAND-AM: Rolex 24 At Daytona, an action-packed show previewing America's premier sports car race on FX.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Race fans can gear up for the 49th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona by watching GRAND-AM: Rolex 24 At Daytona, an action-packed show previewing America's premier sports car race, which made its debut this past Saturday at 11 p.m. (ET) on FX.

The one-hour program, produced in association with PGA TOUR Entertainment and NASCAR Media Group, will also air four times on SPEED, including Saturday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. (ET), just prior to the network beginning 14 hours of live coverage of the  Rolex 24, the season-opening event for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

SPEED will also air the program on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. (ET); and Friday, Jan. 28, at 10 p.m. (ET).

"This show illustrates the ultra-competitive nature of the Rolex Series," said GRAND-AM Vice President Kevin Hindson, "while also highlighting the iconic allure of the Rolex 24 to drivers, teams and most importantly, the fans.

"What it also illustrates ... is our commitment to inclusiveness and accessibility when it comes to fans."

The show features interviews with many Rolex Series competitors while taking an in-depth look at Rolex 24 preparation, via visits to various race shops and preseason testing. Vintage sports car footage is also interspersed throughout the program, such as scenes from the original precursor to the Rolex 24 - the Daytona Continental, a three-hour event held in 1962 and won by Dan Gurney.

Another highlight of the program is an examination of the unique characteristics of Daytona International Speedway's 3.56-mile road course from competitors' perspectives, including insights regarding the new pavement on the oval portion of the DIS layout.

SPEED will have live coverage of the Rolex 24 with a pair of seven-hour blocks. The race broadcast begins at 3 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Jan. 29, running until 10 p.m. (ET), and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Jan. 30.

Tickets for the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Jan 24 | Champion’s Breakfast tickets now on sale

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On the Monday morning, Feb. 21, race fans will once again have the opportunity to celebrate with the winning driver, team and crew chief from the 53rd annual Daytona 500 at the Champion’s Breakfast, which will be held in the velocitorium near the Daytona International Speedway ticket offices.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Champion’s Breakfast has always been one of the great traditions surrounding Daytona 500, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race.

On the Monday morning, Feb. 21, race fans will once again have the opportunity to celebrate with the winning driver, team and crew chief from the 53rd annual Daytona 500 at the Champion’s Breakfast, which will be held in the velocitorium near the Daytona International Speedway ticket offices.

Available for $40, the Champion’s Breakfast car induction festivities include:
• Fan forum with the winning driver, owner and crew chief from the 53rd annual Daytona 500
• Breakfast
• Entertainment including watching the NASCAR Victory Lane show on SPEED, Minute to Spin It games and signed giveaway items.
• Souvenir gift

The first 100 Champion’s Breakfast tickets purchased will also include a free All-Access Track Tour ticket.

To purchase tickets for the Champion’s Breakfast or any of the Speedweeks 2011 events, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com


 

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