Penske Acuras sweep front row at Road America

Ricky Taylor
Ricky Taylor

Ricky Taylor has won the pole for Sunday’s IMSA Road Race Showcase at Road America in a front row sweep for Acura Team Penske.

Taylor, driving the No. 7 Acura ARX-05, turned a lap of 1m49.061s to beat Dane Cameron in the No. 6 Acura DPi, at 1m49.379s.

It marked Taylor’s first pole since WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca last year and his 20th pole in series competition.

The pair of Mazda RT24-Ps will start third and fourth, with the No. 55 car of Harry Tincknell beating the sister car No. 77 Mazda of Tristan Nunez.

Nasr had set the fifth quickest time but the lap was deleted due to bringing out a red flag for a spin in his No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in Turn 3.

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Ricky Taylor (#7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) pole qualifier, first pole of 2020, 20th career IMSA pole: “It’s been a great weekend for Acura Team Penske and it’s nice to cement the strength of our ARX-05 prototypes in winning the pole position, and doing it in a 1-2 fashion. Both cars have been really fast this weekend. We kept swapping the top spot on the charts. Road America is a track that fits these cars so well, so we were hoping to come out of the box strong to get our season back on track a bit. We’ve done that to this point, but we need to continue to execute in the race the way we have so far this weekend."

LMP2 Pole

LMP2 pole honors went to the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca 07 Gibson of Patrick Kelly, with a lap of 1m54.474s.

Kelly smoked the No. 81 DragonSpeed entry of Henrik Hedman by nearly one-second.

Porsche, Lexus Take GT Class Poles

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]Laurens Vanthoor emerged as the pole-sitter in GT Le Mans following a highly competitive battle for top honors in the session.

Vanthoor put up a lap time of 2m00.590s in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR-19, ending up 0.264 seconds ahead of the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R of Jordan Taylor.

It marked Vanthoor’s first pole of the season and second for Porsche after Nick Tandy’s top qualifying run in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The No. 4 Corvette of Oliver Gavin qualified third, ahead of Bruno Spengler in the No. 25 Team RLL BMW M8 GTE, which was one of five cars to have set the fastest lap in the session.

Aaron Telitz
Aaron Telitz

Aaron Telitz claimed his first career WeatherTech Championship pole in a sweep of the front row in GT Daytona for AIM Vasser Sullivan and Lexus.

The Wisconsin native reeled off a 2m06.251s lap in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 to edge out teammate Frankie Montecalvo by 0.787 seconds.

It marked the second consecutive pole for the team.

The IMSA Road Race Showcase gets underway Sunday at 12 p.m. ET with live coverage on NBC and IMSA Radio.

RESULTS

Pos Pic No.. Class Drivers Team Car Time Behind
1 1 7 DPi H. Castroneves/R. Taylor ACURA TEAM PENSKE Acura DPi 1:49.061 0.000
2 2 6 DPi D. Cameron/J. Montoya ACURA TEAM PENSKE Acura DPi 1:49.379 +0.318
3 3 55 DPi J. Bomarito/H. Tincknell Mazda Motorsports Mazda DPi 1:49.607 +0.546
4 4 77 DPi O. Jarvis/T. Nunez Mazda Motorsports Mazda DPi 1:50.120 +1.059
5 5 10 DPi R. van der Zande/R. Briscoe Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac DPi 1:50.216 +1.155
6 6 5 DPi J. Barbosa/S. Bourdais Mustang Sampling Racing/JDC Cadillac DPi 1:50.742 +1.681
7 7 31 DPi F. Nasr/P. Derani Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi 1:51.391 +2.330
8 8 85 DPi C. Miller/T. Vautier JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi 1:51.681 +2.620
9 1 52 LMP2 P. Kelly/S. Trummer PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 1:54.474 +5.413
10 2 81 LMP2 H. Hedman/B. Hanley DragonSpeed USA ORECA LMP2 07 1:55.427 +6.366
11 3 38 LMP2 J. French/C. Cassels Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 1:56.965 +7.904
12 4 18 LMP2 D. Merriman/K. Tilley Era Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07 1:57.589 +8.528
13 1 912 GTLM E. Bamber/L. Vanthoor Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR-19 2:00.590 +11.529
14 2 3 GTLM A. Garcia/J. Taylor Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette 2:00.854 +11.793
15 3 4 GTLM O. Gavin/T. Milner Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette 2:00.904 +11.843
16 4 25 GTLM B. Spengler/C. De Phillippi BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE 2:01.155 +12.094
17 5 24 GTLM J. Krohn/J. Edwards BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE 2:01.202 +12.141
18 6 911 GTLM N. Tandy/F. Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR-19 2:01.305 +12.244
19 1 14 GTD A. Telitz/J. Hawksworth AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3 2:06.251 +17.190
20 2 12 GTD F. Montecalvo/T. Bell AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3 2:07.038 +17.977
21 3 76 GTD C. Fergus/P. Holton Compass Racing McLaren 720S GT3 2:07.265 +18.204
22 4 96 GTD R. Foley/B. Auberlen Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 2:07.361 +18.300
23 5 74 GTD G. Robinson/L. Aschenbach Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 2:07.911 +18.850
24 6 63 GTD C. MacNeil/T. Vilander Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 2:07.924 +18.863
25 7 86 GTD M. Farnbacher/M. McMurry Meyer Shank Racing w/Curb-Agaj Acura NSX GT3 2:07.942 +18.881
26 8 57 GTD A. Parente/M. Goikhberg Heinricher Racing w/MSR Curb-Agaj Acura NSX GT3 2:08.118 +19.057
27 9 16 GTD R. Hardwick/P. Long Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R 2:08.269 +19.208
28 10 22 GTD T. Bechtolsheimer/M. Miller Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 2:08.520 +19.459
29 11 23 GTD I. James/R. De Angelis Heart Of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage 2:08.540 +19.479
30 12 44 GTD J. Potter/A. Lally GRT Magnus Lamborghini Huracan 2:09.822 +20.761

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