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)

 

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.