29 Jan '16, 3am

Heavy rain causes odd qualifying for Rolex 24: Heavy rain causes odd qualifying for Rolex 24

10:15 PM ET ESPN.com news services Email print comment DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Heavy rain made for a strange qualifying session on Thursday for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Driving a Porsche 911 in the GT Le Mans class, Nick Tandy posted the fastest lap around the 3.56-mile road course. But because the race director declared "variable conditions" before qualifying, Tandy will start well back in the field. Mikhail Aleshin earned the pole with a ninth-place qualifying effort. The twice-around-the-clock endurance event begins Saturday. Aleshin, driving in the top Prototype class fielded by Russian-based SMP Racing, averaged 101.882 mph and covered the course in 2 minutes, 5.793 seconds. Tandy was more than 4 seconds faster, but it didn't matter. Tandy will start behind 13 Prototype entries and eight Prototype Challenge entries. "It's going to be interesting at the start to see whe...

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