Starting lineup for Rolex 24 at Daytona qualifying race that will set field for the 60th

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The starting lineup for the 60th Rolex 24 at Daytona will be set by a 100-minute qualifying race Sunday at Daytona International Speedway (Peacock at 2 p.m. ET).

The lineup for the event, which will require a midrace driver change for each entry, was set by time trials Saturday on the 12-turn, 3.56-mile road course. The results will set the starting order for the 61-car field in the 60th Rolex 24 on Jan. 29-30.

Tristan Vautier will start on the pole position in the No. 5 Cadillac for JDC MotorSports, followed by the No. 02 Cadillac of Alex Lynn, the No. 31 Cadillac of Tristan Nunez and the No. 48 Ally Cadillac of Jimmie Johnson.

STARTING GRID: Click here for the Rolex 24 qualifier lineup l Lineup by car number

INFORMATION FOR THE 60TH ROLEX 24Schedules, start times, entry lists

Tom Blomqvist, a Rolex 24 rookie with Meyer Shank Racing, will be the highest-starting Acura in fifth. The Acuras have paced the first four practice sessions during the warmup weekend for the 60th Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Filipe Albuquerque will start seventh and last among the DPi cars despite turning the second-fastest lap in qualifying after his No. 10 Acura’s rear wing failed to meet IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship regulations in postqualifying inspection.

Albuquerque is part of the Wayne Taylor Racing team that is trying to break the Rolex 24 record with its fourth consecutive overall victory in the endurance race classic.

Renger van der Zande, whose No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac endured a qualifying shunt that deleted his best lap, will start sixth.

During a 20-minute warmup Sunday morning, the Ganassi Cadillacs posted the top two speeds with van der Zande and Earl Bamber (who will share the No. 02 with Lynn in the race.

Click here for the starting lineup for the Rolex 24 qualifying race.


ROAR BEFORE THE ROLEX 24 COVERAGE

SESSION I: Wayne Taylor Racing opens bid for fourth consecutive Rolex 24

SESSION II: Rolex 24 rookies show speed in practice

QUALIFYING/SESSION III: Tristan Vautier takes pole position; Filipe Albuquerque quickest in morning practice

SESSION IV: Ricky Taylor on top as Acuras continue to sweep practice sessions

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.