Miami: Donohue Takes Brumos Porsche to Grand-Am Pole + Grid

The Brumos Porsche is the fastest after qualifying at Homestead

David Donohue of Malvern, Pa., turned the fastest lap in the No. 58 Brumos Porsche Riley on the pole during Friday’s Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series qualifying for Saturday’s GAINSCO Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Donohue set a new Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Daytona Prototype track record on the 2.3-mile infield road course in south Florida with a time of 1:13.022 (113.390 mph). The pole was the first for the legendary Brumos Porsche team since the 2005 race at the same track.

"We've been working hard for a long time, and this is just a small indication of the amount of effort that our team has put into this series for a bunch of years," Donohue said. "Now, we've got to win from the pole. Today's glory is short lived. Once the green flag drops tomorrow, no one remembers who was on the pole.”

Qualifying alongside Donohue on the front row was Michael Valiante of Vancouver, B.C. in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara with a time of 1:13.305 (112.953 mph). Valiante’s qualifying session in the Dallara came in the car’s first official on-track activity. Max Angelelli, a former Grand Prix of Miami winner, will join Valiante for the race.

"Definitely, any time you switch to a new car, it’s a huge challenge, especially when you show up for your first race with maybe 100 laps on the car," Valiante said. "The team has done a phenomenal job, working almost 24-hour days, sometimes, just to make this race and to make this happen. A lot of resources have gone into this from a lot of different places, and it’s just an example of why this SunTrust Racing organization is as successful as it is."

Memo Rojas will start Saturday’s race in third position after piloting his TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates to a best lap of 1:13.399 (112.808 mph). For Rojas, it was his best qualifying position since a second-place effort at Iowa Speedway last July. Rojas and co-driver Scott Pruett will begin Saturday’s GAINSCO Grand Prix of Miami in the points lead following their win at the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The Banner Racing Pontiac leads the GT class

Collins, Davis Give Pontiac Front Row Sweep in Rolex Series GT

Kelly Collins led a front-row sweep by Pontiac in the GT class by topping the charts in the No. 07 Banner Racing Banner Engineering Pontiac GXP.R. Collins’ time of 1:19.717 (103.867 mph) came on a lap that almost ended in the Turn 2 gravel but Collins was able to save it and not lose momentum.

"All is good," Collins said. "The car is setup great, it suits my driving style. The only adjustment I made was to turn off the AC. On my fast lap I had to pass my teammate and boss Leighton going into turn one, I almost went off into the kitty litter. I had a big smile on my face. I went into turn one faster than I did all weekend and just stayed on it to get the pole."

Collins will co-drive with Paul Edwards on Saturday.

Qualifying on the outside of the GT front row was Andrew Davis in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports BryanMark Financial Pontiac GXP.R. Davis’ lap of 1:19.841 (103.706 mph) came late in the 15-minute session and marks the best qualifying position in Stevenson Motorsports history. Davis will drive with Robin Liddell.

"We have been upfront all weekend," Davis said. "Right off of the truck we were fast. We actually went faster this morning. The track is slippery from the heat. The Stevenson team has prepared a great car. Robin and I are able to run fast consistent laps and we hope to carry that over tomorrow. It is an all GXP.R front row, a great effort for just our second race with the car."

Dominik Farnbacher qualified third in the No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3 with a flying lap of 1:19.856 (103.687 mph). Farnbacher will co-drive with defending Rolex Series GT champion Dirk Werner.

The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series will race Saturday at 3 p.m. ET during the GAINSCO Grand Prix of Miami.

The Grid

1 DP Donohue / Law Brumos Racing / Porsche Riley 01:13.0 113.39
2 DP Angelelli / Valiante SunTrust Racing / Pontiac Dallara 01:13.3 112.952
3 DP Pruett / Rojas Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates / Lexus Riley 01:13.4 112.808
4 DP Frisselle / Wilkins AIM Autosport / Ford Riley 01:13.6 112.478
5 DP Fogarty / Gurney Bob Stallings/ Riley-Matthews / Pontiac Riley 01:13.6 112.461

6 DP Camirand / Cosmo Spirit of Daytona Racing / Porsche Coyote 01:14.0 111.826
7 DP Auberlen / Hand Alex Job Racing / Porsche Crawford 01:14.1 111.754
8 DP Jonsson / Zonta Krohn Racing / Pontiac Lola 01:14.2 111.651
9 DP Negri / Patterson Michael Shank Racing / Ford Riley 01:14.2 111.641
10 DP Lester / Lewis Southard Motorsports / Lexus Riley 01:14.3 111.432

11 DP James / Pew Michael Shank Racing / Ford Riley 01:14.5 111.111
12 DP Gidley / Jaeger Doran Racing / Ford Dallara 01:14.7 110.881
13 DP Barbosa / France Brumos Racing / Porsche Riley 01:14.7 110.864
14 DP Bobbi / Garcia Cheever Racing / Pontiac Coyote 01:14.8 110.631
15 DP Plumb / Sigal Sigalsport / BMW Riley 01:14.9 110.498

16 DP Goossens / Matthews Bob Stallings/ Riley-Matthews / Pontiac Riley 01:15.2 110.068
17 DP Dalziel / Zogaib SAMAX / BMW Riley 01:15.5 109.683
18 DP Krohn / van de Poele Krohn Racing / Pontiac Lola 01:16.0 108.945
19 GT Collins / Edwards Banner Racing / Pontiac GXP.R 01:19.7 103.867
20 GT Davis / Liddell Stevenson Motorsports / Pontiac GXP.R 01:19.8 103.706

21 GT Curran / Werner Farnbacher Loles / Porsche GT3 Cup 01:19.9 103.686
22 GT Ham / Tremblay SpeedSource / Mazda RX-8 01:19.9 103.677
23 GT Empringham / Farano Blackforest Motorsports / Ford Mustang 01:20.0 103.439
24 GT Ballou / Miller TRG / Porsche GT3 Cup 01:20.1 103.375
25 GT Aschenbach / Lewis Jr Autohaus Motorsports / Pontiac GXP.R 01:20.5 102.834

26 GT Keen / Lux Farnbacher Loles / Porsche GT3 Cup 01:20.6 102.792
27 GT Alessi / Seyffarth Matt Connolly Motorsports / Pontiac GTO.R 01:20.6 102.749
28 GT Dumoulin / Nastasi Blackforest Motorsports / Ford Mustang 01:20.6 102.704
29 GT Lacey / Wilkins Farnbacher Loles / Porsche GT3 Cup 01:20.7 102.62
30 GT Magnussen / Reese Banner Racing / Pontiac GXP.R 01:20.7 102.583

31 GT Stone / Thorne Racers Edge Motorsports / Mazda RX-8 01:20.8 102.449
32 GT Forest / Merrill PR1 Motorsports / Pontiac GXP.R 01:21.0 102.169
33 GT Heylen / Johnson Synergy Racing / Porsche GT3 Cup 01:21.2 101.956
34 GT George Jr / Pumpelly TRG / Porsche GT3 Cup 01:21.3 101.9
35 GT Tucker / Zabinski Level 5 Motorsports / Ferrari 430 Challenge 01:21.5 101.649

36 GT Stanton / de Quesada Alegra Motorsports / Porsche GT3 Cup 01:21.6 101.512
37 GT Assentato / Segal SpeedSource / Mazda RX-8 01:21.7 101.368
38 GT Sellers / Valentine TRG / Porsche GT3 Cup 01:22.0 101.034
39 GT Gabel / Garcia Alegra Motorsports / Porsche GT3 Cup 01:22.9 99.919
40 GT Nonnamaker / Nonnamaker / Nonnamaker Team Sahlen / Corvette 01:22.9 99.902

41 GT Nonnamaker / Sahlen Team Sahlen / Corvette 01:23.3 99.433
42 GT Dempsey / Foster Hyper Sport / Mazda RX-8 01:23.6 99.084
43 GT Lazzaro / Safina / Skea Safina Racing with Mitchum Motorsports / Porsche GT3 Cup 01:23.9 98.723
44 GT Jacalone / Jacalone Gotham Competition / Porsche GT3 Cup 01:24.0 98.614