- Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron measure third uninterrupted lectern of 2018
- Katherine Legge, Alvaro Parente take their Acura NSX GT3 to second in GTD class
- Legge closes on GTD Drivers’ Championship lead with fourth lectern finish in 5 races
- Acura wins third spin of North American Endurance Championship in both Prototype and GTD
Both Acura Team Penske and Meyer Shank Racing continued their runs of 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship lectern finishes currently during Watkins Glen International Raceway, as good as claiming both Prototype and GTD victories in a North American Endurance Championship “series-within-a-series” during a Sahlen’s Six Hours of a Glen.
Despite intensely high trackside temperatures via a six-hour continuation contest, Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron total to finish third altogether and in a Prototype class; while Katherine Legge and Alvaro Parente reunited to finish second in GTD, relocating Legge to within a singular indicate of a GTD Drivers’ Championship lead.
Acura Team Penske Prototype
Acura Team Penske’s Cameron claimed a lead on a opening path in his #6 ARX-05, with Ricky Taylor slotting his #7 Acura into third, as both successfully avoided an opening-lap, multi-car crash.
After opening-hour battles with a prototypes from JDC-Miller Motorsports and United Autosports, a Acura Team Penske span determined themselves during a front of a field. As a competition reached a two-hour mark, a starting drivers handed over to co-drivers Helio Castroneves, holding a lead in a #7 Acura, and Montoya, now second in a #6 ARX-05.
Just 30 mins later, Castroneves was forced to make an unscheduled array stop due to an apparent delivery issue, losing several laps while repairs were completed. Castroneves and Taylor would persevere to finish 12th.
Montoya and Cameron remained during or nearby a front by a residue of a contest, entertainment limit manufacturer NAEC points during a three-hour mark. Losing a lead quickly to Wayne Taylor Racing after a final spin of array stops, Montoya done a pierce to a front on a late-race restart with only 36 mins remaining. But as Montoya upheld Jordan Taylor in a WTR prototype, Stephen Simpson done it three-wide to benefit a lead, and a victory. Meanwhile, a brief perplexity from a #6 Acura – due to low fuel – slowed Montoya in a run from a final spin to a checkers, and resulted in a third-place finish.
Still, a third uninterrupted lectern finish for Cameron and Montoya – following a second-place finish during Mid-Ohio and third in Detroit – moves a span unofficially into a tie for third in a Drivers’ Championship after 6 of 10 rounds. Acura is second in both a altogether (by 9 points) and NAEC (by only dual points) Manufacturers’ Championships.
Acura NSX GT3 Teams
In GTD, Meyer Shank Racing’s Lawson Aschenbach and Alvaro Parente both successfully avoided a opening-lap contact, with Aschenbach holding a #93 NSX GT3 to second in a opening hour, with Parente holding down fifth in GTD in a #86.
At a two-hour mark, Acura led both altogether and in GTD, with Aschenbach’s co-driver, Justin Marks, during a front. But only 30 mins later, a antecedent cut opposite a nose of a #93 Acura, promulgation it to a pits and eventually out of a competition with cessation damage.
Meanwhile Katherine Legge, holding over from Parente in a #86, changed to a front of a GTD margin following an outward pass in a famed Watkins Glen “esses”. Legge and Parente would sojourn in a thick of an exciting, multi-car conflict for GTD honors for a rest of a day. After a hard-fought 6 hours of racing, a span finished second – a fourth lectern finish [including a win in Detroit] in 5 races for a #86 Acura, while entertainment a largest series of NAEC points during a 3 and six-hour marks.
As a result, unaccepted totals have Legge only a singular indicate out of a GTD Drivers’ Championship lead, with Acura 7 points behind Lamborghini in a Manufacturers’ Championship. Legge and Parente also are second in a NAEC drivers’ points chase, only dual points out of first; while Acura is a singular indicate behind Mercedes-Benz in a NAEC manufacturers’ battle.
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of a Glen also saw a lapse of Acura NSX GT3s fielded by C.J. Wilson Racing and a Honda associate-operated Honda of America Racing Team. The CJR twin of Marc Miller and Till Bechtolsheimer had a drama-free run and demonstrated improving gait to finish 11th in a 18-car GTD field. An considerable run from starting motorist Tom Dyer saw a HART Acura run as high as ninth before timid from a competition after 76 laps.
After uninterrupted podiums for Acura during Mid-Ohio, Detroit and Watkins Glen, a WeatherTech SportsCar Championship now moves to another classical highway course. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, located outward of Toronto, will be a site of a Jul 8 Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix.
Video recaps from this weekend’s Acura racing activities during Watkins Glen will be posted on a “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel. Produced by a Carolinas Production Group, a video packages can be found in a 2018 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
Steve Eriksen (Vice President and COO, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race: “Endurance racing is severe adequate as it is, though today’s ambient temperatures [in a mid-90s] put an additional aria on everybody compared with a Acura Motorsports programs. Congratulations to Acura Team Penske for a third-place finish, a tip among DPi entries, and to Meyer Shank Racing for a second-place outcome in a GTD class, and for winning this spin of a North American Endurance Championship. Finally, interjection to all of a industrious associates during HPD for their stability efforts in support of these programs.”
Juan Pablo Montoya (driver, #6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) finished third: “It was good. Everybody during Acura and Acura Team Penske did an extraordinary job. Our car, this ARX-05, it is so good to drive. It was tough today. This is one of a marks where a ‘P2’ cars [built to FIA LMP2 regulations] have a outrageous advantage on fuel and tip speed. We were fighting with a Wayne Taylor automobile for a lead [late in a race] and we upheld him and this man [Stephen Simpson] came from like 5 cars behind to pass both of us. Then entrance out of a final corner, we consider a [fuel gourmet tank] was empty. we bogged down, it came behind though it was adequate to cost us second place.”
Katherine Legge (driver, #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) Finished second in GTD and sealed to within one indicate of GTD Drivers’ Championship lead, Acura closes to within 7 points of Manufacturers’ Championship lead: “It’s a opposite mindset when you’re racing for a championship. The Meyer Shank Racing group executed perfectly, and a Acura NSX GT3 achieved beautifully. We didn’t have a undisguised gait for a victory, and we consider we knew that going in, though we positively done a many of what we had, and this is an critical outcome for a assign to a championship.”
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Circuit: Watkins Glen International Raceway (3.4-mile highway course) Watkins Glen, NY
Weather: Sunny, hot, mid-race high heat 93 degrees F
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