Road America IMSA: Felipe Nasr takes pole in AXR Cadillac

Felipe Nasr qualified on pole position for this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Road America in his Whelen-backed, Action Express Racing-run Cadillac.

In soaking wet conditions, Kevin Magnussen (Ganassi Cadillac) set the early pace at 2m09.774s, 0.4s faster than Ricky Taylor (Wayne Taylor Racing Acura) and Nasr.

Nasr then jumped to the top of the times at 2m08.114s, following Taylor on track. He improved again to 2m07.919s, three quarters of a second faster than the car he was physically chasing.

Weather conditions then worsened as Nasr spun at Turn 5 – narrowly avoided by Magnussen – and continued, while Olivier Pla hit the wall at Turn 3 in his Meyer Shank Racing Acura. Magnussen then had his own off-track excursion at Turn 3.

Oliver Jarvis was third quickest – fractionally slower than Taylor – in the sole Mazda, ahead of Magnussen, Tristan Vautier (JDC-Miller Cadillac) and Pla.

In LMP2, Ben Keating (PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports) dominated despite a spin, ahead of Steven Thomas (who also spun his WIN Autosport ORECA) and John Farano.

Dan Goldburg was fastest in LMP3 on a drying track, 0.313s ahead of Gar Robinson and Jarrett Andretti.

Pos.  No. Drivers  Car   Time   Gap 
31  Felipe Nasr
Pipo Derani
Cadillac 2'07.919  
10  Ricky Taylor
Filipe Albuquerque
Acura 2'08.677 0.758
55  Oliver Jarvis
Harry Tincknell
Mazda 2'08.716 0.797
01  Renger van der Zande
Kevin Magnussen
Cadillac 2'09.194 1.275
Tristan Vautier
Loïc Duval
Cadillac 2'10.497 2.578
60  Dane Cameron
Olivier Pla
Acura 2'10.500 2.581
52  Ben Keating
Mikkel Jensen
ORECA/Gibson 2'18.511 10.592
11  Steven Thomas
Tristan Nunez
ORECA/Gibson 2'19.941 12.022
John Farano
Gabriel Aubry
ORECA/Gibson 2'24.176 16.257
10  18  Dwight Merriman
Ryan Dalziel
ORECA/Gibson 2'27.462 19.543
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GT classes

The GT Le Mans session was held in full wet conditions, Jordan Taylor outpacing his Corvette Racing teammate Nick Tandy with a 2m20.979s against 2m21.606s, which was 0.627s faster. In the only other entry, Cooper MacNeil was way off their pace in the WeatherTech Porsche 911 RSR-19 at 2m24.184s.

In GT Daytona, which kicked off the qualifying process, the track was dry as the green flag flew but spots of rain were already falling so drivers were keen to get their laps in as soon as possible. Aaron Telitz set the pace in his Vasser-Sullivan Lexus at 2m07.195s and will start the #14 car from pole position in class.

Trent Hindman was closest to him, getting within 0.667s in his Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, before the rain intensified. Both had laps deleted due to track limits infringements, but that didn’t impact their fastest times.

Robby Foley was third quickest in his Turner Motorsport BMW M6, ahead of Zacharie Robichon (Pfaff Motorsports Porsche) and Richard Heistand in his Audi R8.

In the point-scoring session that followed, the track was fully wet. Laurens Vanthoor, driving with a broken nose after his Spa 24 Hours paddock mishap, was fastest by 0.9s to score maximum points in the Pfaff Porsche, ahead of Bill Auberlen in the Turner BMW and Bryan Sellers (Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini).

Pos.  No. Drivers  Car   Time  Delay
14  Aaron Telitz
Jack Hawksworth
Lexus 2'07.195  
16  Trent Hindman
Patrick Long
Porsche 2'07.862 0.667
96  Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley
BMW 2'07.953 0.758
Zach Robichon
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 2'08.209 1.014
39  Richard Heistand
Jeff Westphal
Audi 2'08.341 1.146
23  Roman De Angelis
Ross Gunn
Aston Martin 2'08.569 1.374
12  Frankie Montecalvo
Zach Veach
Lexus 2'08.702 1.507
Bryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Lamborghini 2'09.110 1.915
76  Jeffrey Kingsley
Mario Farnbacher
Acura 2'09.321 2.126
10  32  Shane Lewis
Guy Cosmo
Mercedes 2'09.990 2.795
11  88  Rob Ferriol
Katherine Legge
Porsche 2'10.173 2.978
12  66  Till Bechtolsheimer
Marc Miller
Acura 2'10.263 3.068
13  19  Mikhail Goikhberg
Franck Perera
Lamborghini 2'10.266 3.071
14  44  John Potter
Andy Lally
Acura 2'12.194 4.999
15  42  Don Yount
J.R. Hildebrand
Audi 2'14.383 7.188
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