Formula E: Vergne scores Miami pole for the home team, Andretti FE

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MIAMI – Jean-Eric Vergne has scored his second pole position in three attempts (Round 3, Uruguay, was his first) in the FIA Formula E Championship, courtesy of the first sub-1:06 lap of the day in qualifying for the Miami ePrix.

The Frenchman laid down a flier of 1:05.953 in the third of four qualifying groups to secure the top spot in the No. 27 Andretti FE Spark-Renault SRT_01 E.

Andretti Sports Marketing is promoting today’s race, the first for the all-electric open-wheel championship in the U.S. Andretti FE is one of two U.S. teams racing on home soil, along with Jay Penske’s Dragon Racing.

Vergne edged Nelson Piquet Jr. of China Racing, who was also in the third group. Piquet came up just shy at 0.050 of a second back, in the No. 99 car.

Nicolas Prost had held the top spot through the opening two groups. The driver of the No. 8 e.dams entry posted a 1:06.167 in the first group session, as he sought his third pole position in five races (Round 1 at China, Round 2 in Malaysia, although there he had a 10-spot grid penalty following his collision with Nick Heidfeld in China).

Sam Bird, who led free practice in the No. 2 Virgin Racing entry, was fourth with Daniel Abt fifth in the No. 66 Audi Sport ABT car.

Points leader Lucas di Grassi, Abt’s teammate in the No. 11 car, will roll off seventh, one spot behind Stephane Sarrazin in sixth (No. 30 Venturi). He was third of five in the second group, behind Bird and Abt.

Di Grassi entered the weekend with a 10-point lead over Bird (58-48), with the e.dams pair of Prost and Sebastien Buemi lurking.

Jerome d’Ambrosio (No. 7 Dragon Racing), Jaime Alguersuari (No. 3 Virgin Racing) and Nick Heidfeld (No. 23 Venturi) completed the top-10.

Vergne’s teammate, Scott Speed, qualified 11th for his FIA Formula E debut in the No. 28 Andretti Autosport entry. Vitantonio Liuzzi (No. 18 Trulli) was 12th with Salvador Duran (No. 77 Amlin Aguri) 13th, and the last driver within one second at 0.935 back of Vergne.

Buemi and Jarno Trulli were 14th and 15th, with Karun Chandhok, Bruno Senna, Antonio Felix da Costa, Charles Pic and Loic Duval completing the balance of the 20-car grid.

Today’s 39-lap race goes green at 4:05 p.m. ET and local time. The grid opens at 3:30 p.m.

Results are linked here.

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


STATS PACKAGE FOR ROLEX 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Lap chart

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Time cards

Pit stop time cards

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Flag analysis

Weather report

NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.