"The team won the pole on the last lap - again," he noted, "As a driver, I ended up third. I had nobody to work with at the end, which was fine, and I'm really proud of the #69 car winning the pole. It's one shop, one goal, and to have Mazdas 1-2-3 at Daytona is really special."
Paul Edwards qualified fourth in the debut race for the #07 Godstone Ranch Motorsports Corvette, followed by Andy Lally in the #66 TRG AXA Porsche GT3.
Friday's schedule opens with practice, followed by final qualifying at 11am ET.