Acura Team Penske dominate at Laguna Seca

Acura Team Penske start 1-2 and finish 1-2
Acura Team Penske start 1-2 and finish 1-2

Acura Team Penske swept today’s IMSA Monterey Grand Prix, dominating the two-hour, 40-minute contest at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca as Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya scored their third victory of the season and a 1-2 result for Acura. The result unofficially clinches the Manufacturers’ Championship for Acura, while Cameron and Montoya neared the drivers’ title.

Starting from the pole, Ricky Taylor took the #7 Acura ARX-05 prototype to an early lead, with teammate Montoya close behind. Near the end of the first hour, the pair swapped positions in traffic, with Cameron now at the wheel of the #6 Acura Team Penske entry.

Except for pit stops, the #6 Acura led the rest of the way for the third win of the season for Cameron and Montoya, and their seventh consecutive podium finish. They now hold a 12-point lead in the DPi Drivers’ Championship, and will secure the title with a finish of eighth or better at the season-ending Petit Le Mans 10-hour race in October.

With an eight-point lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship, Acura will officially claim the title at the season finale next month.

Montoya and Cameron
Montoya and Cameron

After fending off a mid-race challenge from the Cadillac prototype of Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande, Ricky Taylor and co-driver Helio Castroneves came home second to complete the 1-2 finish for Acura, moving the pair to third in the drivers’ title chase with one race remaining.

The Action Express Racing-run Cadillac DPi-V.R came home third, thanks to a late-race charge from Derani, who got around the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi of Renger van der Zande for position with ten minutes to go.

It gave Derani and Nasr their first podium finish since Detroit, with van der Zande and Jordan Taylor, who ran third for the majority of the race settling for fourth.

The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi of Felipe Albuquerque and Joao Barbosa completed the top-five.

McMurry and Kellett win LMP2

LMP2 saw PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports score its fifth consecutive class win, with Matt McMurry and Dalton Kellett taking their No. 52 Oreca 07 Gibson to a one-lap margin over the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports entry.

The pole-sitting Performance Tech entry started from the rear of the field after electing to start Cameron Cassels, who remains in the title fight with points leader McMurry heading into Petit Le Mans.

Ganassi Ford GT takes GTLM honors

Hand and Muller
Hand and Muller

Joey Hand and Dirk Muller held nothing back in a win at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Sunday – their first together in front of Hand’s hometown crowd.

Muller started the No. 66 Ford GT on the front row for the second-consecutive year after qualifying p2.

“This one feels pretty good," Hand said. “I’ve been trying to win at this track for a long, long time, since my first race in 1998. It feels good because it’s my hometown track, but it feels best because of the people I have behind me. Everyone on my team at Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and Ford Performance, but also my family and friends who support me all year long. This one’s for my wife, my kids, and my family who always have my back and cheer me on. I had a feeling about this weekend and it was comfy from the get-go. It was time to set sail."

Results

Pos PiC No. Class Drivers Car Laps Behind Gap
1 1 6 DPi D. Cameron/J. Montoya Acura DPi 121 -0.000 -0.000
2 2 7 DPi R. Taylor/H. Castroneves Acura DPi 121 9.784 9.784
3 3 31 DPi F. Nasr/P. Derani Cadillac DPi 121 19.131 9.347
4 4 10 DPi R. Van Der Zande/J. Taylor Cadillac DPi 121 20.122 0.991
5 5 5 DPi J. Barbosa/F. Albuquerque Cadillac DPi 121 23.543 3.421
6 6 77 DPi O. Jarvis/T. Nunez Mazda DPi 121 24.349 0.806
7 7 54 DPi J. Bennett/C. Braun Nissan DPi 120 1 Lap 1 Lap
8 8 85 DPi M. Goikhberg/T. Vautier Cadillac DPi 119 2 Laps 1 Lap
9 9 84 DPi S. Trummer/S. Simpson Cadillac DPi 119 2 Laps 1:02.460
10 1 52 LMP2 M. McMurry/D. Kellett ORECA LMP2 117 4 Laps 2 Laps
11 2 38 LMP2 C. Cassels/K. Masson ORECA LMP2 116 5 Laps 1 Lap
12 1 66 GTLM J. Hand/D. Mueller Ford GT 114 7 Laps 2 Laps
13 2 24 GTLM J. Krohn/J. Edwards BMW M8 GTE 114 7 Laps 20.039
14 3 3 GTLM J. Magnussen/A. Garcia Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 114 7 Laps 2.568
15 4 4 GTLM O. Gavin/T. Milner Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 114 7 Laps 6.194
16 5 25 GTLM C. De Phillippi/T. Blomqvist BMW M8 GTE 114 7 Laps 2.088
17 6 67 GTLM R. Briscoe/R. Westbrook Ford GT 114 7 Laps 9.042
18 7 912 GTLM E. Bamber/L. Vanthoor Porsche 911 RSR 113 8 Laps 1 Lap
19 8 911 GTLM P. Pilet/N. Tandy Porsche 911 RSR 113 8 Laps 15.415
20 1 48 GTD B. Sellers/C. Lewis Lamborghini Huracan GT3 110 11 Laps 3 Laps
21 2 63 GTD C. MacNeil/T. Vilander Ferrari 488 GT3 110 11 Laps 31.424
22 3 44 GTD J. Potter/A. Lally Lamborghini Huracan GT3 109 12 Laps 1 Lap
23 4 9 GTD S. Hargrove/Z. Robichon Porsche 911 GT3 R 109 12 Laps 1.807
24 5 33 GTD B. Keating/J. Bleekemolen Mercedes-AMG GT3 109 12 Laps 24.666
25 6 57 GTD K. Legge/C. Nielsen Acura NSX GT3 109 12 Laps 2.421
26 7 96 GTD B. Auberlen/R. Foley BMW M6 GT3 109 12 Laps 34.596
27 8 86 GTD M. Farnbacher/T. Hindman Acura NSX GT3 108 13 Laps 1 Lap
28 9 14 GTD R. Heistand/J. Hawksworth Lexus RC F GT3 108 13 Laps 32.917
29 10 76 GTD P. Holton/M. Plumb McLaren 720S GT3 108 13 Laps 2.934
30 11 12 GTD F. Montecalvo/T. Bell Lexus RC F GT3 106 15 Laps 2 Laps
31 10 55 DPi J. Bomarito/H. Tincknell Mazda DPi Not Running 66 Laps

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