2017 Daytona 24 Hours: Qualifying

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- The 55th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona starts this Saturday at 2:30pm local time, 7:30pm GMT, and 8:30pm CET
- The new #5 Cadillac DPi-V.R, run by the Mustang Sampling team and driven by Joao Barbosa, took overall pole, as well as pole in the Prototype (P) class, with a lap of 1:36.903. Courtesy of IMSA
- Obligatory pole-sitter's shot with a carton of engine oil. Courtesy of IMSA
- Dane Cameron, driver of the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac, was just 0.070 seconds back in 2nd. The #5 and #31 two-car team are the former Action Express Racing squad, which has won the Prototype title for the past three years. Courtesy of IMSA
- Third in the P class was the #13 Rebellion ORECA, despite it being quickest at the Roar before the Rolex 24, the practice session for the Daytona 24 Hours held a few weeks ago. Courtesy of IMSA
- The #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac of Ricky Taylor was 4th, while there were only 11 qualifiers as the fast #81 DragonSpeed ORECA crashed in practice. Courtesy of IMSA
- The new #55 Mazda DPI prototype. Courtesy of IMSA
- Joey Hand earned his first pole in the Ford GT with a 1:43.473, as he led a Ford 1-2-3 in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category. Hand, with co-drivers Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais, won the GTE Pro title at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours. Courtesy of IMSA
- Richard Westbrook put his #67 Ford GT second in class ahead of the race, 0.231 seconds behind Hand. He currently has the best qualifying performance of any the Ford GT drivers, with three poles, but couldn't best Hand on this time. Courtesy of IMSA
- Olivier Pla’s stellar opening qualifying laps put him P3 in the GTLM class with a 1:43.987, before he spun off the track at the hairpin. Courtesy of IMSA
- Ferrari will be aiming for a class win in the GTLM category, 50 years after the 330 P4 of Lorenzo Bandini and Chris Amon led a Ferrari hat-trick on the podium at Daytona
- In qualifying Toni Vilander drove the #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE to 4th with a late flying lap. He was 0.648 seconds off class pole
- Porsche has two all-new (and mid-engined) 911 RSRs at Daytona. Patrick Pilet set the #911's fastest time, to put it 5th in GTLM
- 6th was the #69 Ford GT. Courtesy of IMSA
- The quickest Corvette was the #3, seventh in class. Courtesy of IMSA
- The second Porsche, the #912, was 8th, 1.118 second off pole in the GTLM class
- #19 BMW M6 GTLM Art Car, designed by John Baldessari, qualified in 10th, with the #24 BMW in 11th
- In the GT Daytona (GTD) class, Alessandro Pier Guidi drove the #51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 to pole position with a time of 1:47.099
- 2016 IMSA GTD champion Alessandro Balzan put the other 488 GT3 on the front row of the GTD class, to give Ferrari a one-two
- Aston finished fourth in the GTD class at the 2016 Daytona 24 Hours, but Paul Dalla Lana qualified the Vantage in 3rd for this year's race
- Matteo Carol set the fourth quickest GTD time in the Porsche 911 GT3 R, driving for Manthey Racing on his first visit to Daytona
- The Lexus RCF GT3 makes its international racing debut this weekend, in the GTD category
- The GTD-class Acura (Honda) NSX. Courtesy of IMSA
- At least you won't miss this GTD Mercedes at night. Courtesy of IMSA
- The Prototype Challenge (PC) class makes it final appearance at the Rolex 24, before it's discontinued at the end of 2016. James French was fastest in the #38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09, with a lap of 1:42.559. Courtesy of IMSA
- Second in PC was veteran Johnny Mowlem in the #26 BAR1, whose run of consecutive Rolex 24 poles was stopped at two. Third was 1994 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice in the second BAR1 car. Courtesy of IMSA

The grid is now set for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona. Here's how the P, PC, GTLM and GTD classes line up on the grid…

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