UPDATE: Post-qualifying technical inspection found the pole-winning No. 31 Cadillac to be underweight, and as a result, the lap set by Felipe Nasr has been voided and the car has been sent to the back of the class. The change promotes the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P to pole for Sunday’s qualifying race, with the 1m34.442s lap set by Oliver Jarvis. The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura also failed technical inspection with a rear-wing height violation, and surrenders its fifth-place starting position while joining the No. 31 at the rear of the seven-car category.
Another change took place during the night session following qualifying where GTD polesitter Ryan Hardwick suffered a serious crash that will necessitate replacing the No. 16 Porsche 911 GT3 R chassis with a spare sourced from the withdrawn Black Swan Racing team. It’s unclear whether Hardwick’s new Wright Motorsports entry will be ready to take part in the qualifying race.
But today’s qualifying times will only be used to set the starting order for Sunday’s new 100-minute qualifying race. The finishing order of that race will then determine the starting order for the Rolex 24. Got that?
In the other prototype classes, Ben Keating was the man to beat after earning pole in the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA 07-Gibson (1m37.368s), and in LMP3, Moritz Kranz took this Muehlner Motorsports America’s No. 6 Duqueine M30-308 VK to the top (1m42.384s).
Among the GT categories, GT Le Mans pole went to Marco Wittman in the No. 24 BMW Team RLL M8 GTE (1m42.980s), and in GT Daytona, it was Ryan Hardwick in his No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R (1m46.831s), but if the car cannot be repaired, the AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 will start up front in class.
NEXT UP: Night practice, 7:00-9:00 p.m. ET