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

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.