Fittipaldi Paces Day One Of Daytona Test


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The preparations have officially begun for the 51st anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 26-27.

Twenty Rolex Series cars including eight Daytona Prototypes and 12 GT class entries kicked off the two-day November Rolex 24 At Daytona test session on Tuesday at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

The Daytona Prototype teams in attendance included the defending Rolex 24 At Daytona champions Michael Shank Racing, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, Action Express Racing, Wayne Taylor Racing, Team Sahlen and Spirit of Daytona.

Among the GT class teams were defending Rolex 24 class winners Magnus Racing, AIM Autosport Team FXDD with Ferrari, Stevenson Motorsports, Brumos Racing, TRG, Marsh Racing, Alex Job Racing, Park Place Motorsports and Racers Edge Motorsports.

In addition, an American Le Mans Series P2 fielded by Conquest Racing was turning test laps and is expected to provide data as an initial step in evaluating the potential class structure of a unified series in 2014.

On the speed charts, Alex Gurney led the morning session in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette with an unofficial lap of 125.985 mph. Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette led the second session in the early afternoon with an unofficial lap of 127.063 mph.

In the third and final session in the late afternoon, Joao Barbosa put the No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette on top again with a lap of 126.473.

Fastest of the entire day in the GT class was Frank Biela in the No. 52 Audi of America Audi R8 with an unofficial lap of 117.629 mph.

Sports car testing on the 3.56-mile road course concludes on Wednesday.