Jun 1, 2019 – DETROIT, Mich.
- Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron rating second consecutive win of 2019
- Teammates Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor end third on Belle Isle road circuit
- Incidents, contact blunt Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo efforts
Acura Crew Penske drivers Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya continued to construct momentum within the 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, taking their second consecutive victory of the season Saturday on the Belle Isle road circuit, with teammates Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor ending third of their Acura ARX-05 prototype.
Acura Crew Penske Prototype
Ranging from the pole, Montoya maintained his benefit all through the opening stint of the brief one hour, 40-minute contest, earlier than handing off to co-driver Cameron on the first pit cease. The pair mixed to guide all however seven laps of the 58-lap distance, regardless of a race interrupted by 5 full-course warning flags and a number of on-track incidents.
Immediately’s victory for Montoya and Cameron follows their win earlier this month on the Acura Sports activities Automotive Problem at Mid-Ohio, and strikes the pair to inside 5 factors of the drivers’ championship lead after 5 of ten races. The second win for the ARX-05 prototype additionally strikes Acura to inside a single level of the Producers’ Championship lead.
Within the #7 Acura Crew Penske ARX-05, beginning driver Castroneves was shuffled again to fourth on the opening lap, however co-driver Taylor regained second place with 30 minutes remaining, then battled the Motion Specific Cadillac of Felipe Nasr over the closing laps, ending third. Taylor and Castroneves additionally stay within the thick of the championship battle and at the moment stand third, a single level behind their teammates.
Meyer Shank Racing GTD
In GTD, the Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo’s began second and third, however the group’s try at successful a 3rd consecutive Belle Isle race ended following contact for each vehicles.
Beginning second, Christina Nielsen had an uneventful run throughout her opening stint, handing the #57 Acura off to co-driver Katherine Legge on the group’s single pit cease. Legge made a bid for the lead with simply over 30 minutes remaining, however was shuffled again to fourth after side-to-side contact with the Porsche of Patrick Lengthy. With lower than 10 minutes remaining, successful from behind despatched the #57 into a fast spin and unrepresentative ninth-place end.
Within the second MSR Acura, beginning driver Trent Hindman ran third all through his run within the #86 NSX GT3, then handed off to co-driver Mario Farnbacher. Nevertheless, a difficulty altering the left rear wheel delayed their return to the observe, and Farnbacher made heavy contact with the Flip 13 wall to finish his race.
From one of many shortest races on the schedule in Detroit, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship strikes on to one of many longest: the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, June 30 at Watkins Glen Worldwide Raceway in upstate New York.
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Matt Niles (Prototype Principal Engineer, Honda Efficiency Improvement) on immediately’s race and race win for Acura Crew Penske: “It’s further candy to win in Detroit, and grow to be the primary non-GM automobile to complete first general right here at Belle Isle Park since 2012. Approaching the heels of our win at Mid-Ohio, it looks like each the group and drivers have gained in confidence. Acura Crew Penske executed almost completely, and so did Dane [Cameron] and Juan [Pablo Montoya]. This actually helps us construct momentum as we head to the six-hour race at Watkins Glen, which is at all times a problem for everybody.”
Dane Cameron (driver, #6 Acura Crew Penske ARX-05) Race winner, second consecutive 2019 win with co-driver Juan Pablo Montoya: “That is 12 months two for the [Acura prototype] program, and we discovered a lot from the primary season. We confirmed properly, usually, final 12 months, however made some errors. Now we’ve cleaned up all the small print, so hats off to everybody at Acura, at HPD and Crew Penske for giving us the instruments we have to win. We’re very pleased to ship a win right here for Acura in Detroit. Our automobile was actually good this weekend. I used to be actually good by [Turns] 9 and ten, which gave us just a little respiration room popping out of [Turn] 11 to guard myself. So, it was only a matter of capitalizing the place we had been robust and ensuring I did my greatest the place [second-place runner Felipe Nasr] was just a little bit weak, and by no means give him a possibility [to attempt a pass].”
Ricky Taylor (driver, #7 Acura Crew Penske ARX-05) Completed third with co-driver Helio Castroneves: “One other nice day for Acura, and for Acura Crew Penske. I used to be pleased to see the ‘Six’ guys [Cameron and Montoya] get one other win. The group did an superior job; nice technique all day. I’m just a little dissatisfied we couldn’t seal it with a 1-2, however third is nice for the championship.”
Christina Nielsen (driver, #57 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) Completed ninth in GTD after late-race contact for co-driver Katherine Legge: “I acquired a superb begin and we had been very aggressive. We had been capable of sustain with the chief [Zachary Robichon] and preserve a superb hole forward of the remainder. The automobile was so good to drive; that was a automobile that deserved a podium [top-three finish]. The group deserved it. Our pit cease was nice, our driver change was nice. Sadly, the top consequence doesn’t replicate the efficiency we had this weekend.”
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Circuit: Belle Isle Park (2.35-mile non permanent road circuit) Detroit, Mich.
Climate: Overcast, humid, 76 levels F
Prime-6 Prototype Outcomes:
|1.||Prototype||Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya||Acura Crew Penske||Acura ARX-05||58 laps|
|2.||Prototype||Pipo Derani / Felipe Nasr||Motion Specific||Cadillac DPi VR||+zero.820 seconds|
|three.||Prototype||Helio Castroneves / Ricky Taylor||Acura Crew Penske||Acura ARX-05|
|four.||Prototype||Simon Trummer / Stephen Simpson||JDC Miller Motorsports||Cadillac DPi VR|
|5.||Prototype||Misha Goikberg / Tristan Vautier||JDC Miller Motorsports||Cadillac DPi VR|
|6.||Prototype||Joao Barbosa / Filipe Alburquerque||Motion Specific||Cadillac DPi VR|
Acura GTD Outcomes:
|9.||GTD||Katherine Legge / Christina Nielsen||Meyer Shank Racing||Acura NSX GT3||56 laps|
|11.||GTD||Mario Farnbacher / Trent Hindman||Meyer Shank Racing||Acura NSX GT3||DNF-contact|