Spirit of Daytona Tops Field, Vipers Sweep GTLM in Second Practice for TUSC Rolex 24 at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla—“Corvette” Daytona Prototypes dominated the second practice session for the Tudor United SportsCar Series 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The #90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Coyote-Corvette was quickest in both morning and afternoon sessions. In the afternoon the car logged a lap of 1:39.279 at 129.091 mph, 0.185 seconds quicker and 0.238 faster than its best lap from the morning.
The #5 Action Express Coyote-Corvette was again second-quickest, 0.285 seconds behind the SDR car.
Third in the afternoon session was the #99 Gainsco/Bob Stalling Racing Riley Corvette, only 0.013 slower than the #5 AXR machine.
The #42 Oak Racing LMP2 Morgan-Nissan was the quickest non-Corvette DP, a full 1.1 seconds behind the #99.
This does not bode well for the P2 cars come race day.
Vipers Sweep GTLM
The SRT Racing Vipers were quickest of the GTLM cars 1:45.016 122.039. The #93 lapped the 3.56-mile Daytona road course in 1:45.016 at 122.039 mph, 0.217 seconds quicker than its sister car, the #91 Viper GTS-R. This pair ran 21st and 22nd overall.
The #3 Corvette Racing C7.R which was quickest in the morning was third in class, 27th overall, with a best effort of 1:45.670 at 121.283 mph, .654 slower than the class leader.
Fourteenth overall and first in the PC class was the #54 Core Autosport Oreca FLM09-Chevrolet; its best lap of 1:42.724 at 124.761 mph was 0.206 quicker that the second-in-class #8 Starworks Oreca.
In GTD, the #64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia turned in a lap of 1:47.542 at 119.172 mph, 0.332 seconds quicker than the #22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America.
Session Cut Short
The afternoon session was interrupted halfway through when Andy Priaulx in the #55 GTLM RLL Team BMW W Z4 GTE went off at Turn Five. The session restarted six minutes later but was then cut short when the #25 8Star PC pulled to the side exiting the East Horseshoe with a small fire in the engine bay. Track workers were on the scene almost immediately; the fire was extinguished before it did serious damage and driver Tom Kimber-Smith was not injured.
Qualifying starts at 3:45 p.m. Night practice starts at 6:30 p.m.
The Tudor United Sports Car Series 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona takes the green flag at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Jan 25. Visit IMSA.com for more information about the race and for Live Timing and Scoring for every track session.
Tickets are available at the box office or through the Daytona International Speedway web site.