Double Podium Finishes for Acura Staff Penske at Lengthy Seashore

Apr 13, 2019 – LONG BEACH, Calif. Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor problem for victory, end second in #7 Acura Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron deliver #6 Acura dwelling third Castroneves, Taylor near inside two factors of championship lead An intense battle among the many leaders in Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race noticed the Acura Staff Penske duo of Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves end second on the Bubba burger Sports activities Automobile Grand Prix, with teammates Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya rounding out the victory podium in third. The 100-minute contest, the primary of two temporary-street-circuit dash races on the 2019 IMSA calendar, was a part of the Acura Grand Prix of Lengthy Seashore weekend.  With their second-place outcome, Taylor and Castroneves solidified their maintain on second place within the championship, simply two factors out of first place after three of 10 races. Acura Staff Penske Castroneves, ranging from the pole within the #7 Acura ARX-05 prototype, led the primary eight laps, till inadvertently activating his pit lane pace limiter whereas exiting the ultimate, hairpin flip onto the entrance straight.  Recovering in third place, Castroneves handed over the driving duties to Taylor simply earlier than the 40-minute mark. Taking solely two tires at his closing pit cease, with simply over 20 minutes remaining, Taylor battled with the Motion Specific Cadillac of Filipe Albuquerque for the rest of the competition.  He made a number of bids for the lead, normally on the finish of the lengthy “Shoreline Drive” entrance straight, however was unable to finish a cross for place. Slower GT site visitors in the course of the closing two laps ensured the win for Albuquerque, however the second-place end for Taylor and Castroneves locations them inside two factors of collection leaders Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani (92-90), who may solely mix for a sixth-place end. Montoya began third within the #6 Acura and, after some preliminary contact whereas preventing for place, settled into fourth for the rest of his run.  Taking two left-side tires in his closing pit cease, Cameron closed on each teammate Taylor and Albuquerque within the closing laps, however encountered the identical lapped site visitors because the leaders and accepted a third-place end. Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo and Subsequent Occasion IMSA’s GTD class will not be part of the IMSA weekend at Lengthy Seashore, however the Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evos will return to subsequent spherical of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship:  the Could Three-5 Acura Sports activities Automobile Problem on the Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course. Social media content material and video hyperlinks from this weekend’s Acura Grand Prix of Lengthy Seashore can be found on Fb ( and Twitter ( channels.  Produced by the Carolinas Manufacturing Group, YouTube video packages may be discovered at: Quotes Ted Klaus (President, Honda Efficiency Improvement) on at present’s race: “All in all, it was an incredible day.  We had an incredible crowd available, together with many Acura, Honda and HPD associates.  And all of the followers right here had been handled to a detailed, thrilling sports activities automotive race at a premier road circuit.  Our partnership with Acura Staff Penske was proper there, preventing for the victory for the whole race.  One of many causes profitable is so candy, is that it's so tough to realize.   We’ll get again to Victory Circle quickly, and we’re all trying ahead to it.” Ricky Taylor (driver, #7 Acura Staff Penske ARX-05) completed second: “We had an incredible automotive, nice workforce, and the technique was excellent.  It’s simply actually exhausting to cross right here and the #5 automotive did an incredible job holding us off.  When everyone runs an excellent race, it’s exhausting to be upset.  However being the house race, and the primary time Acura sponsored the occasion, we needed to win.  We had the pole, however wishing for one higher [finishing place] within the race. However the championship acquire is improbable.  We got here in right here trailing by 9 factors, and closed to inside two [points of the championship lead].   Nonetheless an extended option to go, however this makes every little thing extra manageable.  We’re positively within the combat [for the title].” Dane Cameron (driver, #6 Acura Staff Penske ARX-05) completed third:  “It’s good to complete third and get a double podium [result] for Acura Staff Penske.  However, we’re a little bit bit upset on the similar time due to a few little errors that maybe stored us from difficult [for the win].  We’ll positively take a podium and stay up for [the next race at] Mid-Ohio, the place we ran very sturdy final yr.  So fairly excited to get again there, at one other Acura-sponsored race.” IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Bubba burger Sports activities Automobile Grand Prix Circuit: Lengthy Seashore Conference Heart (1.968-mile short-term road circuit) Lengthy Seashore, Calif. Climate: Sunny, heat, 70 levels F Prime Six Race Outcomes: Ps. Class Drivers Staff Chassis Laaps/Notes 1. Prototype Filipe Albuquerque / Joao Barbosa Motion Specific Cadillac DPi VR 73 laps 2. Prototype Helio Castroneves / Ricky Taylor Acura Staff Penske Acura ARX-05 +zero.740 seconds Three. Prototype Juan Pablo Montoya/Dane Cameron Acura Staff Penske Acura ARX-05 +1.133 seconds four. Prototype Tristan Nunez / Oliver Jarvis Mazda Staff Joest Mazda      RT24-P 73 laps 5. Prototype Stephen Simpson / Misha Goikhberg JDC Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi VR 73 laps 6. Prototype Felipe Nasr / Pipo Derani Motion Specific Cadillac DPi VR 73 laps [Source: Acura]