Angelelli gives SunTrust Daytona pole

SunTrust Racing will start on pole position when the Daytona 24 Hours gets underway on Saturday, after a superb lap by Max Angelelli in today's qualifying session

Angelelli gives SunTrust Daytona pole

The Italian - who will share SunTrust's #10 Dallara-Ford with Pedro Lamy, Ricky Taylor and team boss Wayne Taylor - set a time of 1m40.681s, nearly half a second clear of nearest rival Oswaldo Negri Jr.

"It was important to get the pole, I can't deny that. We wanted pole badly," said Angelelli.

"I was pretty confident. Our Dallara chassis and Ford engine are always good. Now it is up to us drivers to make it happen."

Behind Angelelli, less than a tenth of a second covered the next four cars, with the two Michael Shank Racing Riley-Fords lining up ahead of Ganassi's two Riley-BMWs.

Christophe Bouchut put the best of the Level 5 Riley-BMWs on the outside of row three, while last year's winning team Brumos will start seventh with Darren Law, Hurley Haywood, David Donohue, Raphael Matos and Butch Leitzinger.

Grand-Am champion team GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing missed qualifying completely after NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson crashed its #99 Riley-Chevrolet while avoiding a GT car in practice. After initially thinking it would have to bring in a replacement car, the team is rebuilding the chassis with a new rear end. Johnson, who will share the car with Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty and Jimmy Vasser, is having the new section flown in using his private plane.

SpeedSource took GT class pole for the third straight year, although this time it was Jeff Segal in the #69 Mazda who claimed the top spot, with double class polesitter Sylvain Tremblay only third in the sister car, behind the Racers Edge Mazda.

Pos Drivers Car Time 1. Angelelli/Lamy/Taylor/Taylor Dallara-Ford 1m40.681s 2. Frisselle/Negri/Pew/Wilkins Riley-Ford 1m41.100s 3. Allmendinger/Frisselle/Patterson/Valiante Riley-Ford 1m41.110s 4. Dixon/Franchitti/McMurray/Montoya Riley-BMW 1m41.147s 5. Papis/Pruett/Rojas/Wilson Riley-BMW 1m41.164s 6. Bouchut/Bourdais/Collard/Maassen/Tucker Riley-BMW 1m41.463s 7. Donohue/Haywood/Law/Leitzinger/Matos Riley-Porsche 1m41.513s 8. Barbosa/Borcheller/Dalziel/Rockenfeller Riley-Porsche 1m41.603s 9. Braun/Jonsson/Krohn/Zonta Lola-Ford 1m42.060s 10. Garcia/Manning/Menard/Rice Coyote-Porsche 1m42.074s 
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