This year the 24 Hours of Daytona implemented the novelty that the starting grid would be determined by a 100-minute race, with participation from all five categories.
Kevin Magnussen (DNK), a newcomer from Formula 1, took the early lead in his Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac.
Dwight Merriman (USA) caused the first caution following an incident between three P2 cars.
After the restart Tristan Vautier (FRA) and Felipe Nasr (BRA) passed Magnussen.
Nasr gave the car to Pipo Derani (BRA), who came out first after the stops and held the lead until the end and in this way his Cadillac 31 Whelen Engineering Racing will start on pole position at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
The 31 is also shared by Mike Conway (ENG) and current NASCAR Cup Champion Chase Elliott (USA).