HPD Daytona Qualifying Report

1/22/2014

HPD Racing Report

Thursday, January 23, 2014

 

Rolex 24 at Daytona                                                                                        Qualifying Report

Circuit:       Daytona International Speedway (3.56-mile road course), Daytona Beach, Fla.

Weather:    Sunny, mild, 54 degrees F

 

Top 10 Qualifying Results:

Ps.

Class

Drivers

Team

Chassis/Engine

Qualifying Time

1.

1. P

Alex Gurney/Jon Fogarty/Memo Gidley

Gainsco Racing

Riley Corvette

1:38.270

2.

2. P

Richard Westbrook/Mike Rockenfeller/Michael Valiante

Spirit of Daytona

Coyote Corvette

1;38.387

3.

3. P

Scott Mayer/Brendon Hartley/Alex Popow/Sebastian Saavedra/E.J. Viso

Starworks Motorsport

Riley Dinan BMW

1:38.525

4.

4. P

Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi/Sebastien Bourdais

Action Express Racing

Coyote Corvette

1:38.658

5.

5. P

Brian Frisselle/Burt Frisselle/John Martin/Fabien Giroix

Action Express Racing

Coyote Corvette

1:38.838

6.

6. P

Scott Dixon/Marino Franchitti/Tony Kanaan/Brad Larson

Chip Ganassi Racing

Riley Ford

1;38.948

7.

7. P

Jordan Taylor/Max Angelelli/Ricky Taylor/Wayne Taylor

Wayne Taylor Racing

Dallara Corvette

1:39.023

8.

8. P

Katherine Legge/Gabby Chaves/Alex Rossi/Andy Meyrick

Panoz Motorsports

DeltaWing Panoz

1;39.270

9.

9 P

Scott Pruett/Sage Karam/Jamie McMurray/Memo Rojas

Chip Ganassi Racing

Riley Ford

1;39.424

10.

10. P

Oswaldo Negri/A.J. Allmendinger/John Pew/Justin Wilson

Mike Shank Racing

Riley Ford

1;39.762

Honda-powered Results:

16.

14. P

Johannes van Overbeek/Ed Brown/Anthony Lazzaro/Simon Pagenaud

Extreme Speed Motorsports

HPD ARX-03b Honda

1:41.815

19.

15. P

David Brabham/Ryan Dalziel/Scott Sharp

Extreme Speed Motorsports

HPD ARX-03b Honda

1:42.157

 

 

             

 

                     HPD Prepares for Rolex 24 at Daytona

 

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, a new sports-car endurance racing series resulting from the merger of the American Le Mans Series with GRAND-AM, opened Thursday at the famed Daytona International Speedway with practice and qualifying in preparation for Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. 

 

Honda Performance Development, the two-time LMP2 defending manufacturer and engine champion in American Le Mans Series competition, is represented in the new championship by Extreme Speed Motorsports, fielding a pair of HPD ARX-03b chassis and production-based Honda V6 twin-turbocharged engines.  The Extreme Speed HPDs are two of six LMP2 entries in the new “Prototype” [P] division, which at Daytona also includes the unique Delta Wing design, and 11 Daytona Prototype cars from the former GRAND-AM series.

 

Unfortunately, separate minor mechanical issues prevented both HPDs from achieving top speed during the brief, 15-minute qualifying session that set the starting field for the 24-hour contest, leaving qualifying drivers Johannes von Overbeek and David Brabham 14th and 15th, respectively, on the prototype grid. 

 

Both problems were resolved in time for the cars to take part in the 90-minute night practice that closed out activities Thursday at Daytona, with Simon Pagenaud posting the 6th fastest time in the #2 HPD and Brabham running 8th fastest in the #1 Extreme Speed entry. 

 

The “twice around the clock” Rolex 24 at Daytona starts Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage of the opening two hours on the Fox Network, and additional coverage throughout the race on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2.

 

Allen Miller (Project Leader, Honda Performance Development) on Daytona qualifying:  “Certainly it was extremely disappointing for two very minor issues to have affected our qualifying runs today.  Both Extreme Speed Motorsports cars suffered minor sensor issues that kept them from reaching top speed.  The problems were quickly rectified, but in the short, 15-minute qualifying session, it wasn’t possible to show the true potential of our cars today.  Almost anything can happen in a 24-hour race, but we’re confident we have a strong package for the weekend, and we’re looking forward to the start of the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship.”

 



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