Cameron leads Acura front-row sweep of Petit Le Mans qualifying
Dane Cameron turned in a fast lap with two minutes remaining in Friday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying to bump Acura Crew Penske teammate Ricky Taylor from the pole for Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Street Atlanta.
Cameron had a finest lap of 1m08.412s within the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi, bumping Taylor within the No. 7 Acura by 0.094s. Like every of the opposite courses, it broke the monitor report.
“Certain, we’ve a workforce rivalry, however it’s I a great way,” mentioned Cameron after successful his second consecutive — and 14th IMSA — pole. “Now we have quite a lot of enjoyable in our group. It’s a extremely nice workforce, and we’re at all times studying from one another. That’s why our workforce is so sturdy proper now. We’ve received 4 actually high-caliber drivers who can discover the utmost bits right here and there. It’s been forwards and backwards, and it at all times feels good whenever you’re capable of get it over your buddies.”
Felipe Nasr was third, two tenths again within the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R, adopted by Harry Tincknell, +0.224s within the No. 55 Mazda DPi, and Ryan Briscoe, +0.438s within the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac.
Patrick Kelly led LMP2, at 1m11.590s within the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07-Gibson. Rob Hodes was second, +01.571s again within the No. 51 Inter Europol Competitors ORECA.
“As loopy because it sounds, I discovered right here final month to be somewhat bit extra affected person with the automotive,” mentioned Kelly, who additionally captured the pole right here in September. “I used to be actually dashing it once I first got here right here.”
Antonio Garcia turned a GTLM class track-record lap of 1m15.163s to reclaim the pole for Corvette Racing. BMW Crew RLL sat out the primary half of the session earlier than Connor De Phillippi set then-fast time of 1m14.434s on his first flying lap within the No. 25 BMW M8 GTE. Garcia bounced again, working one other flag lap to win his fifth pole of the season by +0.271s.
“I’d say my first two quick laps have been feeling actually good,” Garcia mentioned after taking his sixth IMSA pole. “I didn’t depart something on the desk. However, perhaps somewhat bit. So throughout my cool-down lap any person informed me I misplaced pole by a couple of hundredths, so I needed to go once more. I actually wished that pole as a result of I’ve misplaced many poles right here by a thousandth or a couple of hundredths. Undoubtedly, that was an ideal lap. Let’s see if that is the start to getting my first win right here, as a result of I’ve been ready a very long time.”
John Edwards was third, +0.181s within the No. 24 BMW, whereas Laurens Vanthoor was fourth within the quickest Porsche, +0.042s within the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR.19. The unfold from first to sixth within the class was 0.695s.
In GTD, Shinya Michimi ran a late track-record lap of 1m19.291s to attain the category pole for the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing AutoNation Acura NSX GT3.
Michimi traded quick laps with Scuderia Corsa driver Westphal early within the session, earlier than Westphal parked the No. 63 WeatherTech Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo after 5 laps with a finest lap of 1m19.464s. The Japanese driver’s seventh lap was ok to win the pole by +0.173s.
“I haven’t had too many IMSA begins, however I’ve been with the fitting workforce this yr,” Michimi mentioned after successful his first IMSA pole. “We’re constructing on our success from final month’s win right here. However immediately was simply 5 p.c of the work — we’ve the entire 10 hours tomorrow.”
“I’m actually pleased with what Shinya did immediately,” mentioned workforce proprietor Mike Shank. “I informed him yesterday I believed he was able to getting pole. He put all the fitting items collectively and it’s nice to start out out the weekend on the entrance row. It’s an extended race and we’ve quite a lot of work to do, however I’m assured in my guys to get the job completed.”
Frankie Montecalvo was third, +0.272s within the No. 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3, 0.004s faster than Madison Snow within the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3. The highest 9 automobiles have been separated by 0.483s.
UP NEXT: Qualifying was the lone on-track exercise for the WeatherTech Championship groups. Saturday opens with a 20-minute warm-up at 9:10 a.m. ET, with Petit Le Mans set to start out at 12:40 p.m.