Daytona 24 Hours: Scott Pruett leads all-Ganassi front row
|By Gary Watkins||Thursday, January 24th 2013, 22:12 GMT|
Chip Ganassi Racing blocked out the front row for this weekend's Daytona 24 Hours.
Multiple Grand-Am champion Scott Pruett claimed pole position in the lead Ganassi Riley-BMW MkXXVI on a time of 1m40.553s, which put him just over a tenth clear of team-mate Scott Dixon in the squad's second Daytona Prototype.
Pruett, who is seeking a record-equalling fifth Daytona victory, said: "It's exciting for us to be one-two up front. It was right on the edge, but thankfully we managed to hang on."
Third fastest was Dane Cameron in the Team Sahlen Riley-BMW on a 1m41.213s, ahead of Michael Valiante in the fastest of the two Ford-engined Rileys entered by the 2012 Daytona-winning Michael Shank Racing team.
The top Chevrolet-engined Coyote ended up in fifth position in the hands of Spirit of Daytona driver Richard Westbrook.
Britain's Nick Tandy took qualifying honours in his first race as a Porsche factory driver.
His time of 1m47.631s aboard the Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup put him two tenths clear of second-placed Andy Lally in the similar Magnus Racing car.
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time 1. DP Kimball/Montoya/Pruett/Rojas Riley-BMW 1m40.553s 2. DP Dixon/Franchitti/Hand/McMurray Riley-BMW 1m40.646s 3. DP Cameron/Nonnamaker/Pagenaud Riley-BMW 1m41.213s 4. DP Cumming/Goncalvez/Valiante/Yacaman Riley-Ford 1m41.236s 5. DP Garcia/Gavin/Taylor/Westbrook Corvette DP 1m41.844s 6. DP Allmendinger/Ambrose/Negri/Pew/Wilson Riley-Ford 1m41.905s 7. DP Bourdais/Dalziel/McNish/Popov Riley-Ford 1m41.920s 8. DP Fogarty/Gidley/Gurney/Law Corvette DP 1m42.032s 9. DP Davidson/Lamy/Minassian/Potolicchio/Sarrazin Corvette DP 1m42.160s 10. DP Beck/de Quesada/Defoor/James/Pace Riley-BMW 1m42.205s