Scott Pruett's Chip Ganassi Ford team qualified third on the gird for the Rolex 24-hour race in Daytona and his dream of making history with a record-breaking sixth victory are alive and kicking.

The American driver is hunting a sixth victory in the 24-hour race at the Daytona International Speedway circuit to go one clear of Hurley Haywood. Pruett is currently level with Haywood on five victories.

Pruett said he is pleased with qualifying third on the grid with an impressive 1.39.309s time, despite a difficult day and problems with the car.

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"We're in a better place than where we started today," Pruett said. "We unloaded and the car was real loose. I think it was track conditions, because everyone was fighting that. We reacted to that, made numerous changes before qualifying, and all of them were in the right direction."

In Chip Ganassi's other car Scott Dixon edged out their team mates when they claimed second place by just 0.007s, with a storming 1.39.302s qualifying time.

"The 01 and the 02 cars were very strong in qualifying," Pruett added. "It's great to see P2 and P3 for both of us, and now we're focused on going racing. It's certainly miles ahead of where we were last year. It's exciting going into the Rolex 24. A lot of things could happen, but we're in solid shape."

Despite beating the sister car, Dixon was slightly disappointed to miss out on pole which was grabbed by the Michael Shank Ligier Honda team with a 1.39.194s time.

"It's our competitive nature [to want the pole], but I just want to say a big thank you to Ford and the team," Dixon said. "We've had our ups and downs and through testing and getting here, just trying to get the good balance. It's a good bounce-back, but as you said, it's a 24-hour race.

"It would be neat to start at the front, obviously we'd like to be there at the front, at least we're on the front row. Hopefully we can get to the end of the race, and hopefully we're in a situation at the end where we can try to take this car to victory lane."