The third and final day of the Roar Before the 24 saw two more practice sessions as well as a qualifying session for all three classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. However, the qualifying was not to decide the starting grids, but rather pit stall and garage selection, with the fastest cars in each class earning the chance to have the first picks.
In that qualifying, the manufacturers and teams who have been strongest all weekend continued to flex their muscle. Below are reports about the day’s happenings from all three classes:
PROTOTYPE: FELIPE NASR QUALIFIES FIRST ACTION EXPRESS, CADILLAC
The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R from Action Express went fastest in qualifying, with Felipe Nasr turning a blistering time of 1:35.806, the fastest lap of any driver all weekend.
Second went to Tristan Vautier in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Cadillac, with Felipe Albuquerque making it an Action Express 1-3 by putting his No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac in third. Renger Van Der Zande put the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac in fourth, making it a Cadillac 1-2-3-4 in the first qualifying session of the year.
Fifth went to Acura Team Penske, which has seen steady improvement all weekend from their Acura ARX-05 machines. Dane Cameron ended up in fifth in the No. 6 entry, with the sister No. 7, in the hands of Ricky Taylor, qualifying sixth.
Of note: the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona entry led the Sunday morning practice (Practice 6 of the weekend), while the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing entry led the final practice of the weekend (Practice 7) on Sunday afternoon.
JOEY HAND PUTS FORD, CHIP GANASSI ON TOP IN GTLM
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, which dominated Saturday’s running of the Roar, went fastest in qualifying, with Joey Hand putting the No. 66 Ford GT on top. Second went to Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 Corvette Racing C7.R, the team’s best result of the weekend.
Ryan Briscoe was third in the sister No. 67 Chip Ganassi Ford, with Earl Bamber fourth in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR for Porsche GT Team. Fifth went to Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 entry from Corvette Racing.
Of note: the No. 66 Ford GT from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing was also fastest during Practice 6 of the weekend on Sunday morning, while the No. 912 Porsche went to the top of the time sheets in Practice 7 that afternoon.
GRT GRASSER RACING TEAM TOPS GT DAYTONA QUALIFYING
Mirko Bortolotti put the No. 11 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 on top of GT Daytona qualifying and continued a strong weekend for the GRT Grasser team, which had held the fastest lap of the GT Daytona field entering Sunday.
Andy Lally put the Magnus Racing No. 44 Audi R8 LMS GT3 in second, followed by Patrick Long in the No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3 R. Fourth went to the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 from Michael Shank Racing, with the No. 69 HART Racing Acura NSX GT3 in fifth.
Of note: Paul Miller Racing took a brief stint at the top of the GTD leaderboard in Practice 6 with their No. 48 Lamborghini Huracan GT3, while GRT Grasser’s second entry, the No. 19 Lamborghini, went quickest in Practice 7.
Results from Sunday are linked below: