Gearing up for his final race, Max Angelelli turned in the fastest lap during Thursday’s third practice session for the Rolex 24, running 1m37.757s in the 90-minute session run under the lights at Daytona International Speedway.
“We’ve turned a lot of miles, so we feel that we are very well prepared,” said the two-time Rolex 24 winner, who is also the program manager for the Cadillac DPi program. “Our advantage is we were able to do more testing than the other competitors, and this is the main reason why our car is quick. It’s a long race. Starting position means nothing. Tonight went very well for me personally. I’m comfortable, so I’m a lot happier. Cadillac must win – end of story!”
Felipe Albuquerque was second at 1m37.905 in the pole-winning No. 5 Action Express Cadillac DPi, followed by the two Tequila Patron ESM Nissan DPis: Brenton Hartley (1m38.943s) in the No. 22 and Scott Sharp (1m39.011) in the No. 2.
Ryan Briscoe put Ford Chip Ganassi atop the GTLM chart in the No. 67 Ford GT (1m44.242), followed by the two Porsche GT Team cars. Kevin Estre ran 1m44.284s in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR, followed by Dirk Werner, 1m44.306s in the No. 911.
Jorg Bergmeister’s early lap of 1m48.084s in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R stood up as the best in GTD, followed by Robert Alon (1m48.241s) in the No. 15 3GT Racing Lexus RCF GT3. Patricio O’Ward led PC, running 1m43.634s in the pole-winning No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca FLM09.
NEXT UP: FP4, Friday 10 a.m. ET.