Road America IMSA: Montoya keeps Acura Team Penske on top

Road America IMSA: Montoya keeps Acura Team Penske on top

Juan Pablo Montoya led teammate Ricky Taylor to deliver a one-two for Acura Team Penske in Friday afternoon practice for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Road America round.

Montoya turned a 1min50.256sec lap to edge Taylor by a mere 0.028sec, the pair of ARX-05s a quarter-second faster than Oliver Jarvis in the quickest of the two Mazda RT24-Ps.

Harry Tincknell was a further 0.3sec in arrears in the second Mazda while Colin Braun slotted the CORE autosport-run Nissan DPi into fifth.

Again, ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr was the swiftest Cadillac driver, but his Action Express Racing entry was off the ultimate pace by more than one second. Gary Nelson’s AXR crew did occupy the top two spots in this Prototype sub division, with Joao Barbosa running 0.4sec slower than his teammate, and just ahead of Renger van der Zande in the Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy.

Matt McMurry turned the tables on James French in LMP2’s FP2 to grab top spot for Performance Tech Motorsports.

In GT Le Mans, a last minute surge from Earl Bamber saw the #912 Porsche 911 RSR edge ahead of the two Ford GTs of Ryan Briscoe and Dirk Muller.

Jan Magnussen was less than 0.3sec off top spot in the #3 Corvette C7.R, and ahead of Porsche's Nick Tandy, Corvette's Tommy Milner, who is returning from injury after a two-race hiatus, and the two BMW M8s.

Jack Hawksworth’s AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F was a highly impressive 0.45sec quicker than its nearest rival in GT Daytona, the Corey Lewis-piloted Lamborghini Huracan of Paul Miller Racing.

The Riley Mercedes AMG-GT3 of Ben Keating and the Turner Motorsports BMW M6 of Bill Auberlen were next up, while Trent Hindman’s fifth-placed Meyer Shank Racing Acura was a second adrift.

Third practice starts at 8.55am local (Central) time tomorrow with qualifying at 12.35pm.

Session results:

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 6 United States Dane Cameron
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
DPi Acura DPi 1'50.256
2 7 United States Ricky Taylor
Brazil Helio Castroneves
DPi Acura DPi 1'50.284 0.028
3 77 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
DPi Mazda DPi 1'50.531 0.275
4 55 United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
DPi Mazda DPi 1'50.837 0.581
5 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States Colin Braun
DPi Nissan DPi 1'50.971 0.715
6 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'51.285 1.029
7 5 Portugal Joao Barbosa
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'51.681 1.425
8 10 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
United States Jordan Taylor
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'51.702 1.446
9 85 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Tristan Vautier
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'51.702 1.446
10 84 Switzerland Simon Trummer
South Africa Stephen Simpson
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'51.978 1.722
11 52 United States Matt McMurry
Patrick Kelly
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'52.792 2.536
12 38 Canada Cameron Cassels
United States James French
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 1'53.538 3.282
13 912 New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 2'02.489 12.233
14 67 Australia Ryan Briscoe
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTLM Ford GT 2'02.563 12.307
15 66 United States Joey Hand
Germany Dirk Muller
GTLM Ford GT 2'02.680 12.424
16 3 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Spain Antonio Garcia
GTLM Corvette C7.R 2'02.757 12.501
17 911 France Patrick Pilet
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 2'02.871 12.615
18 4 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C7.R 2'03.392 13.136
19 25 United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
United States Connor de Phillippi
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 2'03.782 13.526
20 24 Finland Jesse Krohn
United States John Edwards
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 2'04.084 13.828
21 14 United States Richard Heistand
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 2'05.162 14.906
22 48 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Corey Lewis
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'05.609 15.353
23 33 United States Ben Keating
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 2'05.813 15.557
24 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
GTD BMW M6 GT3 2'06.075 15.819
25 86 Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Trent Hindman
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'06.151 15.895
26 73 United States Patrick Lindsey
United States Patrick Long
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'06.366 16.110
27 12 United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 2'06.442 16.186
28 91 United States Anthony Imperato
Norway Dennis Olsen
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'06.554 16.298
29 63 United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 2'06.583 16.327
30 9 Australia Matt Campbell
Canada Zacharie Robichon
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 2'06.819 16.563
31 76 United States Paul Holton
United States Matt Plumb
GTD McLaren 720S GT3 2'07.160 16.904
32 8 United States Parker Chase
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 2'07.190 16.934
33 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2'07.462 17.206
34 57 United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Brazil Ana Beatriz
GTD Acura NSX GT3 2'07.608 17.352
35 74 United States Gar Robinson
United States Lawson Aschenbach
GTD Mercedes-AMG 2'07.633 17.377
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Author David Malsher-Lopez