No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen, No. 36 Andretti Autosport claim LMP2, LMP3 honors
An iconic round-the-clock race set to take the green flag this Saturday at 1:40 p.m. ET
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. (Jan 23, 2022) – DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – The mission was more than winning pole position for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA.
The mission was points. Thirty-five of them, to be exact.
Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque picked up the Motul Pole Award by winning Sunday’s Rolex 24 Qualifying Race at Daytona International Speedway, completing the three-day Roar Before The Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Presented by INX weekend. Their #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 finished ahead of the #5 JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-VR, giving WTR and fellow co-drivers Will Stevens and Alexander Rossi pole for the 60th anniversary race. of the 24-hour race which begins this Saturday, January 29.
This is the second year the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has awarded qualifying points. Last year, the #31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-VR won the Daytona Prototype (DPi) International Championship on WTR by 11 points – the same margin it earned in qualifying points during the 2021 season.
“We have to start putting some points in our pockets, but our main goal now is to get the win at Daytona,” Albuquerque said. ” This is the main. We are going step by step because it is far too early to think about the championship, but we can say that it will be very close.
Winning pole and the points that come with it was no small feat. Taylor in the No.10 and Richard Westbrook in the No.5 went head-to-head for the final 25 minutes of the 100-minute race which went off without warning. On the final lap, Westbrook spun trying to pass Taylor in Turn 1. He recovered to secure second place and a front-row start for the #5 car co-driven with Tristan Vautier, Loic Duval and Ben Keating.
Tickets are available for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA and include the tickets below. For all ticketing information for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA weekend, log on to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
- 4-day adult tickets: $125 (court/front/garage access); FREE for children 12 and under
- Adult tickets Saturday-Sunday: $75 (infield/frontline/garage access); FREE for children 12 and under
- Adult tickets Saturday-Sunday: $50 (court access, front): children 12 and under FREE
- Adult tickets Saturday-Sunday: $50 (front seats not reserved): children 12 and under FREE
- Friday adult tickets: $30 (Frontstretch seats not reserved): children 12 and under FREE
Sunday adult tickets: $35 (Frontstretch seats not reserved): children 12 and under FREE
For a full preview of Sunday’s 100-minute qualifying race, click Qualifying race results
Kamui Kobayashi took the #48 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi VR to third place in the DPi class for co-drivers Mike Rockenfeller, Jimmie Johnson and Jose Maria Lopez.
The No.10 Konica Minolta Acura started seventh in the seven-car DPi field after a penalty for a wing angle infraction in Saturday’s qualifying session. Less than 30 minutes after Sunday’s race, the car was in the lead.
“The team doesn’t miss a beat,” Ricky Taylor said. “They are always ready for anything. It’s a great group of guys. This is what separates the great teams from the lesser teams. When you have a bump or a mistake, everyone knows everyone is doing their best. We don’t blame anyone for being on the edge, and they do the same to us.
After four more practice sessions on Thursday and Friday, the 61-car field will take the green flag for the Rolex 24 at 1:40 p.m. ET Saturday. NBC’s live coverage begins at 1:30 p.m.
Battle of PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports entries in LMP2
Keating and Mikkel Jensen drove the #52 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 PR1 to the Rolex 24 pole position in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class ahead of the team’s #11 car co-driven by Steven Thomas and Jonathan Bomarito.
Keating overcame a slow start from the No. 1 class starting position in Sunday’s qualifying race and lost the lead to Thomas. However, Keating rallied and pulled away to win by 20.050 seconds.
“It wasn’t until we started passing GT cars that he was held back and given me the opportunity to pass him,” said Keating, co-driver of the #5 Cadillac DPi and ORECA. #52 LMP2 in the Rolex 24. “Once I got around it, I was really able to handle the traffic really well and use it to my advantage again and again. This is what first allowed me to widen the gap.
The #52 car, which Keating and Jensen will co-drive in the race with Scott Huffaker and Nicolas Lapierre, will start eighth overall in the race. The n°11 car on the starting grid will be followed by the n°68 G-Drive Racing by APR ORECA co-driven by René Rast, Oliver Rasmussen Ed Jones and François Heriau.
Andretti Autosport takes LMP3 honors
Josh Burdon and Jarett Andretti combined to circle the Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) field and win the class qualifying race and claim the Motul Pole Award in the #36 Ligier JS P320 Andretti Autosport they co-drive with Rasmus Lindh and Gabby Chaves.
“Things have happened to other competitors and we just happened to run the whole race, set the pace and got through traffic well,” said Andretti, son of the late John Andretti and cousin of Andretti Autosport director, Michael Andretti. “… Cars (LMP3) are not made to run 24 hours. If you have a problem, you need to tackle the problem and get back on track as soon as possible. … Attrition and survival really are the name of the game in this class.
The #6 Muehlner Motorsports America Duqueine D08 co-driven by Moritz Kranz and Ayrton Ori finished second on Sunday. The #13 AWA Duqueine D08 co-driven by Kuno Wittmer and Orey Fidani finished third, where it will start in class for the Rolex 24 with co-drivers Lars Kern and Matthew Bell starting third.
“Everything went as planned,” said Andretti’s co-driver Burdon. “It’s a whole new group they’ve assembled here. This shows that we are on the right track. We have the infrastructure and all the tools available. We have a few things to work on to be strong in the race, but overall it’s a very good start and good momentum.
Once the checkered flag has fallen on the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, the World Center of Racing will begin to focus on the DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth (February 15-20) and the 64and DAYTONA 500 annual. The week will feature six days of incredible track action with practice, qualifying and a total of six races across four different series. This will provide fans with multiple opportunities to see the NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen car, as well as some of the world’s greatest drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, as well as the ARCA Menards Series.
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About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and received SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is home to the Great American Race – the DAYTONA 500. Although the NASCAR Cup Series season-opening event attracts the most attention – as well as the biggest audience in motorsport – the roughly 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the name of World Center of Racing, offers the most diverse racing calendar in the world. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the grounds of the Speedway are also used extensively for events such as concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, vehicle test drives, production and training of police motorcycles. The iconic venue will be the site of a host of motorsport events in early 2022, starting with the AHRMA Classic Motofest and Rolex 24 At DAYTONA in January, and the 64and DAYTONA 500, which will launch the first points race for NASCAR’s “Next Gen” car as part of Speedweeks presented by AdventHealth in February. The rich tradition 81st Annual DAYTONA Bike Week returns in March, with DAYTONA Supercross and the DAYTONA 200, and in May with the Heroes Honor Festival. Later in the summer, during Independence Day weekend, the track, in association with Torneos, will host Soccer Fest before the NASCAR Cup Series returns for the final race of the regular season with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on August 27.