Sep 9, 2018 – MONTEREY, CA
Katherine Legge, Alvaro Parente rating second GTD win of 2018 for Meyer Shank Racing
Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya mix for Prototype podium
GTD championship struggle continues to season finale
The #86 Acura NSX GT3 of Katherine Legge and Alvaro Parente got here from behind – twice – to attain a dominating GTD class victory Sunday at The America’s Tire 250 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
In Prototype, Dane Cameron led the primary 41 laps in his Acura ARX-05 as he and Juan Pablo Montoya mixed to complete third, the sixth podium end of the season for Acura Crew Penske.
Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3
After qualifying on the pole Saturday with a brand new lap file time, Legge fell from first to fourth when she was balked by slower site visitors on a Lap 7 restart. However a race setup developed earlier within the weekend for the MSR Acura NSX GT3 offered for glorious tire put on, and Legge additionally stretched her gas mileage to each regain the lead and run the primary half of the two-hour, 40-minute contest earlier than pitting and handing over the driving duties to Parente.
Parente continued to construct his benefit to a 20-second margin over second place, however a slight delay throughout his closing pit cease – on account of a jammed wheel gun – noticed him drop to fourth with simply 30 minutes remaining. Nonetheless one other robust drive noticed Parente shut on the leaders after which regain the GTD lead within the closing 10 minutes, setting the quickest GTD race lap within the course of. Parente then took the checkers for his first win aboard the #86 Acura this yr, and the second for Legge and the MSR crew.
The #93 MSR Acura of Justin Marks and Lawson Aschenbach began 10th, however was caught up in a multi-car collision on the Lap 7 restart and was pressured to retire with physique and chassis harm.
With one race remaining, Acura and Legge stay second within the GTD Producers’ and Drivers’ championships, respectively. Legge`s win right now closes the hole to leaders Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow to only six factors (303-297) whereas Acura stays second within the Producers’ Championship with 298 factors to 310 for Lamborghini.
Acura Crew Penske Prototype
Beginning second within the #6 Acura Crew Penske ARX-05, Cameron went across the outdoors of pole qualifier Jordan Taylor on the inexperienced flag, and Helio Castroneves adopted swimsuit to say second place as a full-course warning waved for a multi-car collision behind the leaders.
Cameron continued to steer till pitting on Lap 41, handing the automobile over to Montoya, who resumed in third. Montoya ran third all through the center stint as he labored to save lots of gas and decrease his closing pit-stop time. That technique did not repay, as Montoya exited the pits in third and held that place to the end. The third-place end result was the fourth podium end of the season for Cameron and Montoya.
Within the #7 Acura ARX-05, Helio Castroneves ran as excessive as second in his opening stint however, with simply 4 minutes remaining, contact with a slower automobile for co-driver Ricky Taylor ended their race with suspension harm.
The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship now takes three weeks off earlier than resuming October 13 for the season-ending Petit Le Mans 10-hour endurance contest at Highway Atlanta close to Gainesville, Ga.
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Katherine Legge (driver, #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) completed first, second win of 2018, 2nd in GTD Drivers’ Championship (six factors out of first) with one race remaining: “Wow, this man [Alvaro Parente] did an incredible job. To get us again within the lead from P4 there. I assumed our day was over [after a slight delay in the final pit stop, dropping the car from the GTD lead to fourth]. The entire crew gave us a superb automobile. It was our race to lose, actually. We had the very best automobile and everybody on the crew over-performed. We noticed the opposite vehicles’ tires going off. I predicted it on about Lap three. I advised the pit field `they’re burning the tires off these vehicles, I don’t know what they’re doing!’. We have been simply smarter. I believe we truthfully deserved this one. This [win] is large for us. That end result was all the things for us. We’ve closed the hole, so now it’s right down to the final race. I don’t know that I’m going to be sleeping that nicely the subsequent few weeks.”
Alvaro Parente (driver, #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) completed first, second win of 2018 for #86 MSR Acura:“Whenever you’ve acquired such a very good automobile like we had right now, it makes life quite a bit simpler. I believe we made all the appropriate choices this weekend by way of setup. Clearly, Katherine [Legge] placing it on pole and having an excellent run acquired us off to an excellent begin. It was virtually an ideal weekend. I knew we have been the strongest automobile on monitor, particularly because the run went on and their tires fell off far more than ours.”
Dane Cameron (driver, #6 Acura Crew Penske ARX-05) completed third, sixth podium end of 2018 for Acura Crew Penske: “It was good to steer some laps within the first stint there, however we acquired jumped a bit within the [pit stop] cycle, and type of struggled just a little bit there in direction of the tip. However it's what it's; we simply didn’t have fairly sufficient right now to get the win. We’ll take right now’s podium and go on to Petit Le Mans [season finale], the place we’ll have yet another shot to get a win for the `Six Bunch.'”
Stephen Eriksen (Vice President and COO, Honda Efficiency Improvement) on right now’s race: “First off, congratulations to Meyer Shank Racing on what turned out to be a really profitable race weekend: pole, quickest race lap and the GTD win. Congratulations to Acura Crew Penske for his or her podium end in what was a really difficult and event-filled race. We’re wanting ahead to the ultimate race of the season subsequent month and shutting out on a excessive observe.”
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (2.238-mile street course) Monterey, CA
Sunny, gentle, 62 levels F
Prime-6 Prototype Outcomes:
Pipo Derani / Johannes van Overbeek
Tequila Patron ESM
Nissan Ligier JSP217
Colin Braun / Jonathan Bennett
ORECA 07 Gibson
Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya
Acura Crew Penske
Harry Tincknell / Jonathan Bomarito
Mazda Crew Joest
Fellipe Nasr / Eric Curran
Cadillac DPi VR
Stephen Simpson / Misha Goikhberg
JDC Miller Motorsports
ORECA 07 Gibson
Ricky Taylor / Helio Castroneves
Acura Crew Penske
99 laps – contact
Prime-6 GTD Outcomes:
Alvaro Parente / Katherine Legge
Meyer Shank Racing
Acura NSX GT3
97 laps – 2ndwin
Patrick Lindsey / Joerg Bergmeister
Park Place Racing
Porsche 911 GT3R
Jeroen Bleekemolen / Ben Keating
Bryan Sellers / Madison Present
Paul Miller Racing
Andy Lally / John Potter
Audi R8 LMS
Oz Negri / Francesco Piovanetti
Ferrari 488 GT3
Lawson Aschenbach / Justin Marks
Meyer Shank Racing
Acura NSX GT3
6 laps – contact