IndyCar, NASCAR drivers have mixed Rolex 24 qualifying sessions

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The high number of IndyCar Series drivers and the handful of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veterans had mixed qualifying sessions for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, opening round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.

Ryan Hunter-Reay will be part of the GTLM class polesitting entry, the No. 91 SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R, co-driving with Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher.

No other driver of the 10 confirmed 2014 IndyCar drivers in the Rolex 24 field will start higher than fourth in class; still, in a 24-hour race, starting position is not entirely critical.

Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson are part of the No. 01 and 02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates lineups below, and AJ Allmendinger is part of the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing entry. That covers the grid spots for the three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-timers in the field.

Here’s the breakdown, via INDYCAR PR:

Qualifying results:

Driver Team Class/Class Result
Sebastien Bourdais Action Express Racing P/4th (Set by Christian Fittipaldi, 1:38.658)
Justin Wilson Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian P/10th (Set by Oswaldo Negri, 1:39.761)
Scott Dixon/Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing P/6th (Set by Scott Dixon, 1:38.948)
Simon Pagenaud Extreme Speed Motorsports P/14th (Set by Johannes Van Overbeek, 1:41.885)
Ryan Hunter-Reay SRT Motorsports GT/1st (Set by Marc Goossens, 1:44.506)
Graham Rahal BMW Team RLL GT/7th (Set by John Edwards, 1:45.667)
Mikhail Aleshin SMP/ESM Racing GTD/10th (Set by Mika Salo, 1:47.361)
James Hinchcliffe SpeedSource P/17th (Set by Sylvain Tremblay, 1:49.734)
Ryan Briscoe Corvette Racing GT/11th (No time)

 

INDYCAR: Josef Newgarden quickest again in second practice at Road America

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Josef Newgarden continued to be quickest around Road America, first this morning and again this afternoon in the second practice session for Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix.

Newgarden had a best lap in the second session of 1:42.6279, followed by rookie Robert Wickens (1:42.9025), Sebastien Bourdais (1:43.0020), Will Power (1:43.0545) and teammate Simon Pagenaud (1:43.1599).

Sixth through 10th were Graham Rahal (1:43.1995), Scott Dixon (1:43.4212), Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:43.4755), Takuma Sato (1:43.5410) and Marco Andretti (1:43.6221).

One significant incident of note occurred during the session when Alfonso Celis Jr., making his IndyCar debut this weekend, lost control coming out of a turn and slammed into the tire wall, causing damage to his suspension.

The third and final practice session of the weekend will be Saturday at Noon E.T., followed by qualifying later in the afternoon.

The race will take the green flag on Sunday shortly after 1 p.m. ET. It will be televised live on NBCSN.

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