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)

 

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.