The 2012 Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona: Day One

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This weekend marks the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and Jalopnik is again teaming up with MotorSportMedia to bring you the best video and photography from the week of events. First up we've got photos from Thursday's practice. — Ed.

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Click through the photo gallery to see the cars as they get ready for the big 24-hour race. Obviously, those Mustang guys need a little more practice.

In case you were curious, here are the top three qualifying times for each class, courtesy of Grand-Am.com. Remember, you can follow all of our Daytona coverage right here.

Daytona Prototype Top 3:

Ryan Dalziel - No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Ford/Riley - 1:41.119 (126.741)
Max Angelelli - No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP - 1:41.240 (126.590 mph)
Scott Dixon - No. 02 Target/TELMEX BMW 1:41.463 (126.312 mph)

GT Top 3:

Andrew Davis - No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche GT3 - 1:49.342 (117.210 mph)
Jeff Segal - No. 69 AIM Autosport/Team FXDD Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am - 1:49.357 (117.194 mph)
Andy Lally - No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 - 1:49.388 (117.160 mph)

Grand Sport Top 3:

Shelby Blackstock - No. 51 Roush Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302 R - 1:57.523 (109.050 mph)
Jack Roush Jr. - No. 51 Roush Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302 R - 1:57.661 (108.923 mph)
Joe Foster - No. 55 Multimatic Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage - 1:58.152 (108.470mph)

Street Tuner Top 3:

Andy Lally - No. 10 Kinetic/Kia Racing - 2:06.613 (101.221 mph)
Mark Pombo - No. 12 Kinetic/Kia Racing - 2:07.718 (101.137 mph)
David Levine - No. 81 BimmerWorld Racing BMW 328i - 2:06.872 (101.015 mph)

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DISCUSSION

By
syaieya

I'm a little disappointed in Mercedes for being the only mass production german make to not have a car at Daytona. Porsche, VW, BMW, Audi all have something showing up even if it is just a private team. I remember there was a C class awhile back but no sign of it now.

You'd think after taking a win at practically every major race/ track across the globe over the years they'd be more aggressive in going after the few tracks they haven't conquered