Oliver Jarvis breaks 26-year-old record to secure Rolex 24 pole

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On Thursday in qualification for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, it did not take long for Oliver Jarvis to break a 26-year-old record in his Mazda Daytona Prototype International. In the early stage of qualification for that class, Jarvis set a time of 1 minute, 33.685 seconds to break the mark set PJ Jones in 1993 by two-tenths of a second. Jones set his record in a GTP class Toyota.

Jarvis beat Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor by .19 seconds and Juan Pablo Montoya, who rounded out the top three.

Team Joest teammate Jonathan Bomarito qualified fourth.

In the GT LeMans class, Nick Tandy won the pole with a lap of 1 minute, 42.257 seconds in his Porsche over Jan Magnussen (1:42.583) in a Corvette and Ryan Briscoe in a Ford. In fourth place, Davide Rigon made room for a fourth manufacturer in the top four spots with his Ferrari.

On Saturday afternoon, GT Daytona will be led to the green by Marcos Gomes (1:45.257), Ben Keating (1:45.324) and Trent Hindman (1:45.396).


IMSA’s Bill Auberlen joins NASCAR America to discuss this weekend’s race at Lime Rock

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Turner Motorsport GTD driver Bill Auberlen joined NBC Sports’ Marty Snyder on NASCAR America Presents the Motorsports Hour Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Lime Rock Park.

Auberlen, alongside co-driver Robby Foley, enters Lime Rock with a great amount of momentum after finishing on the GTD podium at Watkins Glen and taking the GTD class honors in the most recent IMSA race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

There’s also an extra incentive for the duo to win this weekend as well, as Auberlen is one win away from tying Scott Pruett for the most IMSA victories all-time.

Both drivers will have to be on their A-game this weekend, however, as Auberlen stated that Lime Rock is one of the tougher circuits on the IMSA calendar and compared the 1.5-mile Connecticut road course to a short track.

“It’s what we call the bullring of our season,” Auberlen said. “It is a 54-second lap and we’re going to go around it a million times before the end of the day. It’s going to be a hot one, and I think whoever survives this is going to be on the podium.”

Luckily for the GTD and GTLM teams, with no Protoype and LMP2 entries competing at Lime Rock this weekend, the worry of having to yield to entries from the faster classes is gone.

“These Protoypes are so fast now, that interacting with them, you can’t imagine,” Auberlen said. “We have radars in our car that can alert us when they are coming.

“They get on you so fast that if you’re not always looking or something is not telling you they’re coming, you could have a problem and catch into them. That’s gone. Now it’s going to be focus-forward. You’re going to be focused on everything ahead of you. You got GLTM in there at the same time, but they’re virtually the same speed as us – just a little bit faster.

“It’s going to be nice. When you stand on that podium you might be able to go for an overall victory.”

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