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Angelelli sets pace in Rolex 24 test.

Grand-Am veteran Max Angelelli emerged fastest from the three-day Road Before The 24 group test at Daytona International Speedway.

Max Angelelli and Martin Ragginger led their respective classes as testing for the 48th Rolex 24 wrapped up at at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

Angelelli ran a lap of 1min 40.888secs in the #10 SunTrust Ford Dallara to lead the Daytona Prototype class, while Ragginger was fastest in GT with a lap of 1min 49.627secs in the #23 Alex Job Racing Porsche GT3.

Following two days of unseasonably cold temperatures - with Saturday morning's session scrubbed due to sleet and icy conditions - Sunday practice was run under sunny skies with temperatures in the mid 40s Fahrenheit. The Rolex Series sessions ran incident-free, with the only stoppages for minor spins, debris and a blown engine.

Angelelli also won bragging rights as favourite to claim the Rolex 24 pole – with qualifying set for Thursday 28 January - by turning a lap of 1min 40.466secs in Friday practice. Quickest overall in GT was Leh Keen, who ran 1min 49.214secs in the #41 Dempsey Racing/Team Seattle Mazda RX-8 during Saturday night practice.

Angelelli, however, insisted that winning the pole was not a priority for the SunTrust Racing team, which won the 2005 race with Wayne Taylor and Emmanuel Collard partnering the Italian. Co-driving with Angelelli this year will be Wayne and Ricky Taylor and Pedro Lamy.

"I want to win the race - we want to win the race," Angelelli said, "That's the only thing that counts. We were very happy with this test. We were very happy with the car. Everything was perfect."

Michael Valiante was second fastest on Sunday, with a lap of 1min 41.182secs in the #6 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley shared by AJ Allmendinger, Brian Frisselle and Mark Patterson. Alex Gurney led Sunday afternoon's session with a lap of 1min 41.319secs in the #99 GAINSCO Chevrolet Riley that he will share in the Rolex 24 with Jon Fogarty, Jimmy Vasser and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.

Second in the combined test, however, was Scott Dixon in Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' #02 Target/TELMEX BMW Riley, followed by Valiante, Scott Pruett in Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' #01 TELMEX/Target BMW Riley and Christophe Bouchut in the #55 Level 5 Motorsports/Supercar Life Racing BMW Riley.

Angelelli and Pat Long led their respective classes on the opening day of the Roar Before The 24, a three-day session staged to open the 2010 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 schedule.




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