“Today was another great performance all around by the Stevenson Motorsports Team.” Team Manager Mike Johnson said. “It was great having John back as he put the No. 57 on the pole by .535 seconds, and having the pink accents on the car for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was a nice touch.”
Here's how they called with the "session alerts":
12:05 p.m. – GREEN FLAG for 15 minutes of GT qualifying.
12:08 p.m. – Wayne Nonnamaker (No. 42 Mazda) and Joe Nonnamaker (No. 43 Mazda) both go off course in separate incidents but continue.
12:09 p.m. – John Edwards (No. 57 Camaro) is fastest with a lap of 1:22.077 (98.69 mph), followed by Andrew Davis (No. 59 Porsche), 1:23.025 (97.56 mph), and Boris Said (No. 31 Corvette), 1:23.042 (97.54 mph).
12:10 p.m. – Sylvain Tremblay (No. 70 Mazda) to second with a lap of 1:22.369 (98.34 mph).
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2012) – The No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GS.R, driven by Matt Bell and John, got caught up in a last-lap incident and lost a number of positions, but still paced all Chevrolets in the season-opening Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge BMW Performance 200 at Daytona International Speedway.
Final results of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which ended Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway with the Daytona Prototype (DP) Class won by Michael Shank Racing winning with its No. 60 Ford co-driven by AJ Allmendinger, Justin Wilson, John Pew and Oswaldo Negri Jr. Three Porsches claimed the podium in GT with John and the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R finishing fourth in class after a hard fought GT battle. Results of both classes listed below (drivers listed, then engine/chassis, then number of laps completed).
For 2012 John will be doing double duty on the Stevenson team in both the Rolex Series with Robin Liddell in the No. 57 GT.R and the Continental Tire Challenge with Matt Bell in the No. 9 GS.R. John is not only looking for championships at the end of each series’ season, he would love to get a new Rolex watch at the start of the season too!
"Speaking with SPEED.com, Mike Johnson confirmed one of the sport’s worst-kept secrets in that open-wheel turned sportscar sensation John Edwards will join Robin Liddell at the wheel of the team’s No. 57 Camaro GT.R for next year".
John won the Rookie of the Year award in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. "Going into the series I didn't really feel like a rookie having raced for a year in (Grand-Am) Rolex, which is sort of the parent series," John said Tuesday. "But the challenge of Continental was actually a lot more than I anticipated. The car is just so different to what I'd driven before. ...
John earned his first career Rolex Series pole, turning in a time of 1:24.673 (95.662 mph) in the No. 42 Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8. It marks the second pole in three races for the No. 42. John's co-driver Wayne Nonnamaker won the pole last month at Road America. John said, "The progress Team Sahlen has made is a multitude of things that have come together all at the right time. We're shooting for more podiums and hopefully a win or two later this year."
John and Matt Bell join the Grand-Am GS championship chase as serious contenders with two consecutive wins. Team Stevenson delivered 51 leading laps of Saturday's 79-lap Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Powered by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. John led the final 31 laps after passing Charles Espenlaub. John gradually stretched his lead to 2.711 seconds on the final lap in the No. 9 Stevenson Automotive Group Chevrolet Camaro. With their victory, John and Matt moved into a tie for third-place in the GS standings, with Matt Plumb.
A beautiful sunny day in Wisconsin was the setting for an epic ROLEX GT race. And for Team Sahlen, starting on the Pole Position was a perfect start to the event. Wayne Nonnamaker had placed the #43 Mazda RX-8 at the top of the grid with a record breaking lap. Wayne settled into a comfortable pace in the early laps, sitting in 4th place on the track. Ten minutes into the race, there was an epic wreck , as the #07 GT had its throttle stick wide open going into Turn One.