Donohue Puts Brumos Porsche on Pole for Rolex 24 at Daytona
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Donohue on Pole at Daytona
It's Thursday, January 22, and the 2009 race season has officially begun! Cars are on track at Daytona International Speedway, and the day is coming to a close with qualifying sessions for the Grand-Am Rolex 24 at Daytona and KONI Challenge Fresh from Florida 200.

David Donohue claimed the first pole position of the new year, setting the fastest Daytona Prototype time in the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley. It's a great start for a team that has been a driving force in the Rolex Series since its inception, but seems to have had more than its share of bad luck. Donohue's speed held little surprise: the team was quickest in the first practice session of the day, while their sister car, the No. 59 Brumos Porsche, led the second practice.

The Daytona Prototypes were the first cars to qualify, and Michael Valiante set the bar early in the session by turning a 1:40.845 in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley. Timo Bernhard bested the time by a slim one-tenth of a second with just over five minutes remaining in the 15-minute qualifying session.

Bernhard's quick time gave Penske Racing's No. 16 Porsche Riley the provisional pole, but his time at the top of the charts was short-lived. Proving that the veteran team still has a few tricks, Donohue set a fast time of 1:40.540 in the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche. Donohue's time was only 0.001-second ahead of Bernhard, but it was enough.

With Donohue on pole for Saturday's 24-hour classic, Bernhard can console himself with his front-row starting spot, which he earned with the second-quickest time in the No. 16 Penske machine. Valiante in the No. 6 Michael Shank Ford only dipped to third, and he'll start the race next to Ricardo Zonata in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola.

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