Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Rileys Qualify 1 - 2.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – January 24, 2013 . . . Racer
Scott Pruett led an all-Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates charge
to the front of the grid for the Rolex 24 at Daytona as BMW Power
swept the top-three starting positions in today’s qualifying session
for Saturday’s 51st annual twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.
Pruett, the defending GRAND-AM driver’s co-champion, drove the No. 01
TELMEX/Target BMW Riley to the pole position with a 1:40.553-minute
lap around the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course.
Pruett will share the No. 01 machine this weekend with his season-long
co-driver Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball.
Only .093 seconds behind Pruett, Scott Dixon followed with a
1:40.646-minute lap to place the No. 02 Target/TELMEX BMW Riley on the
outside of the front row. Dixon will co-drive with Dario Franchitti,
Jamie McMurray and Joey Hand.
Dane Cameron, driving the No. 42 Team Sahlen BMW Riley, qualified
third with a 1:41.213-minute lap in the team’s debut Daytona Prototype
weekend. Cameron will co-drive with Simon Pagenaud, Wayne Nonnamaker
and Bruno Junqueira.
Scott Pruett – (first) - “I don’t think we could have
written a better opening chapter to this weekend’s story than to
qualify our cars 1-2 and have BMW go 1-2-3. I want to dedicate this
pole to one of our crew members, Sammy Gonzales, who lost his battle
with cancer just prior to this qualifying session.”
Scott Dixon – (second) - “This is a great result for
the team. We struggled with a few steering issues in the No. 02 car
this morning that limited our time to make more improvements, but
overall both cars are quick.”
Dane Cameron – (third) - “It is a long race, but
third on the grid is a great way to reward the team for all their hard
work and investment. We are new to this class so we really did not
have any expectations today. We have just focused on learning what the
car likes and I am pleasantly surprised to be so near the front.”
The Rolex 24 at Daytona will start at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time,
Saturday, January, 26th. The race will be televised live on SPEED from
green flag to 11 p.m and again from 9 a.m. to the checkered flag.
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