Juan Pablo Montoya set the fastest time in the opening practice for the 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona on Thursday morning in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing BMW Riley. The NASCAR Sprint Cup star set a lap of 1:40.937 on his next-to-last lap of the one-hour session.
He was one second clear of defending Rolex 24 winner AJ Allmendinger in Michael Shank Racing's No. 60 Ford Riley. Dane Cameron was third in the session at 1:42.304 in the No. 42 BMW Riley from Team Sahlen.
Last year's GT winner in the Rolex 24 was quickest in class Thursday morning. Andy Lally set a best lap of 1:48.263 in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3. His time was 0.302 seconds clear of Damien Faulkner in Alex Job Racing's Porsche, and the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Michelotto Ferrari 458 was third at 1:48.644.
David Donohue set the pace in GX. His best lap of 1:54.310 in Porsche Napleton Racing Porsche Cayman was ahead of Ryan Eversley in BGM Motorsports' No. 38 Porsche; Eversley's best lap was a 1:58.248.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona opens with practice and qualifying on Thursday. Friday features a one-hour final practice session ahead of Saturday's green flag which is set to drop on the 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona at 3:30 p.m. SPEED will carry live coverage of the race beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.
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