Negri leads Rolex 24 polesitters in Ligier Honda P2 car


A year ago, Michael Shank Racing was a Daytona Prototype-loyalist team and ran a Riley-Ford chassis.

A year later, they have a next generation LMP2-spec chassis – the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda – and the pole position for the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Ozz Negri followed up leading both practice sessions earlier Thursday with the pole position for Saturday’s 53rd edition of the January endurance classic.

The Brazilian banked a flier of 1:39.194 to score the pole position.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s pair of Riley-Fords – Shank’s former package – were second and third. The team’s NASCAR and IndyCar stars are mixed in among Scott Pruett and Joey Hand in the No. 01 and 02 cars.

Defending Rolex 24 and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype class series champions Action Express Racing qualified fourth with its No. 5 Corvette DP and the radical looking DeltaWing qualified fifth overall.

Other class polesitters for Saturday’s race include Johnny Mowlem (No. 16 BAR1 Motorsports Oreca FLM09, Prototype Challenge), Oliver Gavin (No. 4 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R, GT Le Mans) and James Davison (No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3).

Mowlem’s pole is his third overall in North American sports car racing, Gavin’s is Corvette’s first since May 2014 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (teammate Antonio Garcia), and the 12th different driver to score a pole in as many TUDOR Championship GTLM qualifying sessions, and Davison’s is his fifth in a row unleashed after a last lap flier.

Saturday’s race gets underway Saturday at 2:10 p.m. ET.

RESULTS: Qualifying