Roar | Day OneWhile much of the US was recovering from a cold snap just 24 hours previously the sunny skies and mid 60s to 70s welcomed the teams as they unloaded their machines in preparation for 3 full days of testing at Daytona International Speedway. Excitement was high as a slew of new cars were set to turn wheels in anger and work out any potential kinks that might arise. The Grand-Am Rolex and Continental Tire series is becoming quite the international stew as Ferrari, Audi and Dodge join the ranks of Rolex. Not to be outdone the Continental Tire series sees a new entry from Aston Martin in the form of the Vantage.
Day one started slow due to fog but once it lifted the cars made their way from the paddock and out onto the track. The smell of race fuel and the sound of engines bouncing off the high banking of Daytona Speedway was a welcome thing early Friday morning. The new Corvette DP looked racey as it moved high up the banking on the NASCAR turns. Ginassi/Telmex looks to be playing catch up on Day One as the top three spots were all Corvette DPs! In Continental Tire the times would seem the BMW 3 Series loves Daytona as the times posted were very good!
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Daytona Prototype (DP):
Ryan Briscoe/Max Angelelli/Ricky Taylor - No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet Corvette DP - 1:41.407
Christian Fittipaldi/Darren Law/David Donohue - No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP - 1:41.543 (126.143 mph)
Max Papis/Terry Borcheller/JC France/Joao Barbosa - No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP - 1:41.603 (126.138 mph)
Grand Touring (GT):
Robin Liddell/John Edwards/Ronnie Bremer - No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro GT.R - 1:49.494
Martin Ragginger/Jack Baldwin/Claudio Burtin/Bryan Sellers/Sebastian Asch - No. 17 Foametix Porsche GT3 - 1:49.623
Nick Tandy/Sean Edwards/Carlos Kauffmann/Henrique Cisneros - No. 26 MOMO Porsche GT3 - 1:49.708 (116.819 mph)
Grand Sport (GS):
Charles Espenlaub/Charles Putman - No. 48 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 - 1:57.279 (109.278 mph)
Hugh Plumb/Al Carter - No. 45 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 - 1:57.618 (108.963 mph)
Bret Spaude/Andrew Aquilante/John Heinricy - No. 35 Subaru Road Racing Team Subaru WRX-STI - 1:57.841 (108.757 mph)
Street Tuner (ST):
Cory Friedman/Tim Evans/Mac McGehee - No. 42 TheRaceSite.com Mazda RX-8 - 2:07.566 (100.466 mph)
Gareth Nixon - No. 44 Driving Your Mind Mazda Speed 3 - 2:07.799 (100.282 mph)
Jesse Combs/Jeff Mosing - No. 56 RACE EPIC/Murillo Racing BMW 328i - 2:07.846 (100.246 mph)