DAYTONA BEACH, Fla—As at the Roar, so too at Rolex practice: a pair of “Corvette” Daytona Prototypes were quickest in the Prototype class during the first practice session for the Tudor United SportsCar Series 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona, and the Corvette Racing C7.R was quickest of the GTs. The same cars which were quick at the Roar Before the 24 test earlier this month wee quick on Friday morning.
Quickest car on track was the #90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Coyote-Corvette with a lap of 1:39.462 at 128.853 mph, followed by the #5 Action Express Coyote-Corvette at 1:39.764 and 128.463. These two were the only cars to break into the 1:39s.
Third was the #01 Telcel-Ganassi Riley-Ford, apparently having solved its reliability problems. At 1:40.147 and 127.972, mph it was four-tenths off the pace of the leader.
The new #3 Corvette Racing CR.7 was quickest in GT-Le Mans, lapping at 1:46.036 at 120.865 mph, followed by the #91 SRT Racing Viper GTS-R at 1:46.090 and 120.803 mph, and the #97 Aston Martin Vantage V8 at 1:46.101 and 120.791 mph.
There is a single half-hour of practice before qualifying later this afternoon.
Information about and tickets for the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona are available through IMSA.com.