Mazda Team Joest’s success throughout the 2019 Roar Before the Rolex 24 was parlayed into lap times under the established track record at Daytona International Speedway in qualifying, securing the best pit and garage locations for the team at the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The 15-minute qualifying session went Mazda’s way early with Oliver Jarvis shooting to the top of timing and scoring with a 1:33.848 in the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P, besting the record set in 1993 by 0.027 seconds.
Jarvis’ next flying lap was even faster, cementing the Mazda DPi’s place at the top of the timesheet with a 1:33.398. Teammate Harry Tincknell in the sister No. 55 Mazda came close to unseating Jarvis with a 1:33.423 on his last trip around the 3.56-mile circuit, just 0.025 seconds slower.
Ricky Taylor was fifth fastest when the checkered flag came out but used his last lap to leapfrog to third, pushing the No. 7 Team Penske Acura ARX-05 into the top three.
Taylor’s effort relegated Action Express Racing to fourth and fifth with its pair of Cadillac DPi-V.Rs. Filipe Albuquerque’s 1:34.282 was just 0.086 seconds quicker than teammate Felipe Nasr.
Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor and Penske driver Juan Pablo Montoya registered the same 1:34.431 with Taylor ranked sixth and Montoya seventh on the final results.
The No. 50 Juncos Racing Cadillac DPi piloted by Agustin Canapino ended the session eighth fastest while the pair of Cadillacs fielded by JDC-Miller Motorsports completed the top 10.
Jonathan Bennett in the No. 54 CORE autosport Nissan Onroak DPi was more than two seconds off Jarvis’ pace to bring up the rear of the 11-car class.
PR1 Mathiasen Leads LMP2
Gabriel Aubry, who starred throughout the weekend in PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports’ ORECA 07, qualified at the top of the new LMP2 class with a 1:35.930.
DragonSpeed locked out the second and third positions with drivers James Allen and Ryan Cullen. Allen’s 1:36.304 was 0.374 seconds shy of Aubry’s best lap while Cullen ended the session 0.928 seconds in arrears of Allen.
Kyle Masson was last in the four-car class behind the wheel of the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA, nearly 1.5 seconds slower than Aubry’s qualifying pace.
Corvette Holds Off Ford in GTLM
Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen laid down a 1:42.651 on his fourth lap in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R to set the mark to beat in GT Le Mans.
At the conclusion of the class’ separate 15-minute session, both Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs attempted to surpass the time but were unable to, giving the Corvette team preferred pit and garage locations.
Richard Westbrook was the fastest of the Ford drivers in the No. 67 car, clocking in 0.128 seconds slower than Magnussen for second. Teammate Joey Hand was a further 0.119 seconds back in third.
The pair of Porsche 911 RSRs fielded by the Porsche GT Team completed the top five in the nine-car class with Earl Bamber qualifying ahead of Nick Tandy.
Davide Rigon gave Risi Competizione a sixth-place performance ahead of John Edwards, Oliver Gavin and Connor De Phillippi.
These three classes will be back in action Sunday for one final hourlong Roar session at 2:45 p.m. EST.