IMSA Road America: Acura, Porsche, Lexus grab poles

David Malsher-Lopez
·5-min read

Prototype

Taylor’s lap of 1min49.061sec in the #7 Acura gave him his tenth pole position in IMSA competition, and was 0.318sec clear of Cameron’s best effort in the sister Acura ARX-05.

However, the battle wasn’t completely satisfactorily resolved in that the Prototypes lost the last four minutes of their session when Felipe Nasr spun the Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R into a gravel trap having just set his fastest lap of the session.

Nasr's time was fifth-best behind not only the Acuras but also the Mazda RT24-Ps of Harry Tincknell and Tristan Nunez, who were themselves separated by half a second, but the Brazilian lost his best time for causing a red flag.

That promoted Ryan Briscoe of Wayne Taylor Racing to fifth ahead of Joao Barbosa in the JDC-Miller Motorsports Caddy he shares with Sebastien Bourdais.

In LMP2, Patrick Kelly was fastest for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, a second faster than Henrik Hedman of DragonSpeed.

GT Le Mans

#912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR - 19: Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber

#912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR - 19: Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber <span class="copyright">Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images</span>
#912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR - 19: Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

There are only six cars in GTLM this year but they put on a fascinating qualifying battle at Road America that eventually saw the field covered by 0.715sec. Porsche 911 RSR-19s book-ended the field with Laurens Vanthoor earning pole in the #912 car and Frederic Makowiecki bringing up the rear in the #911 car he shares with Nick Tandy.

Vanthoor’s 2m00.590sec lap was over quarter-second faster Sebring polesitter Jordan Taylor in the #3 Corvette C8.R who in turn had just half a tenth over teammate Oliver Gavin.

Bruno Spengler and Jesse Krohn were only fourth and fifth in the two BMW M8 GTEs, but were only 0.6sec off pole.

GT Daytona

#14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC-F GT3: Aaron Telitz, Jack Hawksworth

#14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC-F GT3: Aaron Telitz, Jack Hawksworth <span class="copyright">Richard Dole / Motorsport Images</span>
#14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC-F GT3: Aaron Telitz, Jack Hawksworth Richard Dole / Motorsport Images

Richard Dole / Motorsport Images

Aaron Telitz and Frankie Montecalvo continued the AIM Vasser Sullivan team’s domination of the GT Daytona class since the restart of the IMSA season, despite being docked nine horsepower for this race.

The Lexus RC F GT3s finished 0.787sec apart in favor of local boy Telitz, but Montecalvo was more than two tenths clear of third-placed Corey Fergus in the Compass Racing McLaren 720S GT3.

Robby Foley and Turner Motorsports were arguably the heroes of the hour, bouncing back from a nasty shunt in FP2 caused by brake failure to land fourth place in the repaired BMW M6 GT3.

The third row for tomorrow’s race will comprise Gar Robinson in the Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Cooper MacNeil’s Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3, with the two Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s locking out Row 4.

Tomorrow’s race begins at 11.05am local (Central) time, 12.05pm ET.

Session results:

1

7

Brazil

Helio Castroneves
Ricky Taylor

United States

DPi

Acura DPi

1'49.061

2

6

United States

Dane Cameron
Juan Pablo Montoya

Colombia

DPi

Acura DPi

1'49.379

0.318

3

55

United States

Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell

United Kingdom

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'49.607

0.546

4

77

United Kingdom

Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez

United States

DPi

Mazda DPi

1'50.120

1.059

5

10

Netherlands

Renger van der Zande
Ryan Briscoe

Australia

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'50.216

1.155

6

5

Portugal

Joao Barbosa
Sébastien Bourdais

France

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'50.742

1.681

7

31

Brazil

Felipe Nasr
Pipo Derani

Brazil

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'51.391

2.330

8

85

United States

Chris Miller
Tristan Vautier

France

DPi

Cadillac DPi

1'51.681

2.620

9

52

Switzerland

Simon Trummer
Patrick Kelly

United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'54.474

5.413

10

81

Sweden

Henrik Hedman
Ben Hanley

United Kingdom

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'55.427

6.366

11

38

Canada

Cameron Cassels
James French

United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'56.965

7.904

12

18

United States

Dwight Merriman
Kyle Tilley

United States

LMP2

ORECA LMP2 07

1'57.589

8.528

13

912

New Zealand

Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor

Belgium

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

2'00.590

11.529

14

3

Spain

Antonio Garcia
Jordan Taylor

United States

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

2'00.854

11.793

15

4

United Kingdom

Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner

United States

GTLM

Corvette C8.R

2'00.904

11.843

16

25

Canada

Bruno Spengler
Connor de Phillippi

United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

2'01.155

12.094

17

24

Finland

Jesse Krohn
John Edwards

United States

GTLM

BMW M8 GTE

2'01.202

12.141

18

911

United Kingdom

Nick Tandy
Frédéric Makowiecki

France

GTLM

Porsche 911 RSR - 19

2'01.305

12.244

19

14

United Kingdom

Jack Hawksworth
Aaron Telitz

United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

2'06.251

17.190

20

12

United States

Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell

United States

GTD

Lexus RC F GT3

2'07.038

17.977

21

76

United States

Corey Fergus
Paul Holton

United States

GTD

McLaren 720S GT3

2'07.265

18.204

22

96

United States

Robby Foley
Bill Auberlen

United States

GTD

BMW M6 GT3

2'07.361

18.300

23

74

United States

Gar Robinson
Lawson Aschenbach

United States

GTD

Mercedes-AMG GT3

2'07.911

18.850

24

63

United States

Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander

Finland

GTD

Ferrari 488 GT3

2'07.924

18.863

25

86

Germany

Mario Farnbacher
Matt McMurry

United States

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

2'07.942

18.881

26

57

Portugal

Alvaro Parente
Mikhail Goikhberg

Canada

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

2'08.118

19.057

27

16

United States

Ryan Hardwick
Patrick Long

United States

GTD

Porsche 911 GT3 R

2'08.269

19.208

28

22

United States

Till Bechtolsheimer
Marc Miller

United States

GTD

Acura NSX GT3

2'08.520

19.459

29

23

Canada

Roman De Angelis
Ian James

United Kingdom

GTD

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

2'08.540

19.479

30

44

United States

Andy Lally
John Potter

United States

GTD

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

2'09.822

20.761

31

30

United States

Rob Ferriol
Spencer Pumpelly

United States

GTD

Audi R8 LMS GT3

2'10.474

21.413

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