Virginia DP Qualifying: Telmex Scores Pole
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Memo Rojas prevailed in a back-and-forth battle with Timo Bernhard to capture the Daytona Prototype pole position for the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway. Nick Ham turned in the fastest lap in GT qualifying, with both pole winners shattering the existing track records.
Rojas will start the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley out front when the green flag waves at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday for Round 2 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. (SPEED, live).

Rojas ran a lap of 1:41.646 (115.814 mph). It was the second career pole for Rojas, who will co-drive with 2008 Daytona Prototype co-champion Scott Pruett. The pair also teamed to win the 2007 Bosch Engineering 250. Rojas led qualifying for that event, but was forced to start the race from pit road after his qualifying lap was disallowed due to a technical infraction.

Friday, Rojas (and the remainder of the qualifiers) cleared post-qualifying inspection.

"The team did an awesome job - we had a great car since we rolled off the truck," Rojas said. "We're looking for a good race tomorrow. It took me a little bit longer to get my good lap in because of traffic. It's going to be a good race tomorrow."

Bernhard ran a lap of 1:42.233 (115.149 mph) in the No. 12 Penske Racing Verizon Wireless Porsche Riley he shares with Romain Dumas. Bernhard was on the provisional pole three times during the session - only to have his time eclipsed by Rojas each time.

"It was a good qualifying session, because our car was at its best in the session," said Bernhard, a Daytona Prototype rookie but the overall winner of the 2003 Rolex 24 At Daytona. "We've worked quite a bit on the car for tomorrow's race, so I'm looking forward to the race. It's a great car. Romain (co-driver Dumas) and I came here new to VIR, so we had to adapt quickly. The competition here is really high, and we need all our best to compete. I think it's going to be a tight race tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to it."

Jon Fogarty ran a lap of 1:42.262 (115.116 mph) in the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley co-driven by Alex Gurney. Also on the second row will be Burt Frisselle in the No. 61 AIM Autosport/CONSOL Energy Ford Riley co-driven by Mark Wilkins, 1:42.475 (114.877 mph).

The top eight Daytona Prototype drivers were under the existing track record of 1:53.401 set by Michael Valiante in 2008. Darren Law in the No. 58 Brumos Porsche Riley, Nic Jonsson in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola, John Pew in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley and Brian Frisselle in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara also bettered the existing mark.

Final practice for the Rolex Series will be held Saturday from 9:30 - 10 a.m., with the two-hour, 45-minute race taking the green flag at 2:30 p.m.