Castroneves grabs pole for IMSA Highway Atlanta six hour
Acura Crew Penske’s Helio Castroneves was the final man standing Friday night at Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta, capturing the pole for Saturday’s six-hour.
Castroneves was the fifth totally different DPi driver to steer the session, working a late lap of 1m8.674s within the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 to attain his fifth profession pole and second at Highway Atlanta.
“This by no means will get outdated,” Castroneves mentioned. “Right here, every little thing is on the road. We’ve acquired nice rivals and producers, and each time we exit you’ve acquired to push it to the restrict. For me, it’s nice, as a result of each time you obtain one thing nice, it’s enjoyable to do, it’s particular. Tomorrow’s a six-hour race, it’s the place you end, not the place you begin. Nonetheless, I take pleasure in celebrating each time I do one thing superior.”
Felipe Nasr got here again from a visit by way of the grass exiting Flip 1 to briefly take a flip on the prime within the No. 31 Motion Categorical Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R, earlier than being nipped by 0.056s. Earlier within the day, the No. 31 Cadillac led each observe classes, with Pipo Derani quickest within the morning and Nasr within the afternoon.
Dane Cameron was third, 0.093 again within the No. 6 Acura, adopted by the Mazdas of Tristan Nunez (0.242s again within the No. 77) and Harry Tincknell (0.274s again within the No. 55). The highest seven DPis have been separated by 0.405s.
Patrick Kelly celebrated his 33rd birthday by claiming his third-consecutive LMP2 pole, turning a lap of 1m12.209s – gapping second place by 3.281s.
Nick Tandy prevailed in a “blink of an eye fixed” GTLM session that noticed the highest 5 vehicles separated by a mere 0.086s. Tandy took his ninth profession pole for the Porsche GT Crew with a lap of 1m16.167s within the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR-19.
“It in all probability means the qualifying doesn’t actually matter an excessive amount of, to be trustworthy,” Tandy mentioned of the tight unfold within the qualifying instances. “If we see the temperatures that we noticed in the course of the afternoon right this moment, single lap tempo will probably be irrelevant tomorrow. It’s going to all come all the way down to how briskly you’ll be within the ultimate half of that stint and never the primary half. However whenever you’re out entrance you may, to a sure diploma, management the technique. That’s why we put a lot effort into qualifying. It’s a protracted race. And usually, from Porsche’s aspect and particularly our aspect, we are likely to do effectively in endurance races.”
Corvettes took the subsequent two positions, with Antonio Garcia 0.014s again within the No. 3 Corvette C8.R, adopted by Tommy Milner, 0.045s in arrears within the No. 4. Laurens Vanthoor missed the pole by .078s, fourth-fastest within the No. 912 Porsche, adopted by the Crew RLL BMW M8 GTEs of Connor De Phillippi (0.086s again within the No. 25) and Jessie Krohn, minus 0.192s within the No. 24.
The No. 3 had a late begin when it opted to appropriate an issue with free insulation encountered on the drive to the pits. The staff missed lower than three minutes earlier than Garcia joined the session.
Frankie Montecalvo captured the GTD pole with a lap of 1m19.757s within the No. 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3.
“Highway Atlanta was the primary observe I ever got here to to see an endurance race, it was Petit Le Mans in 2008,” mentioned Montecalvo, who captured his first profession pole at Sebring earlier this 12 months. “So to come back right here and get a pole means lots to me. I used to be capable of put collectively an amazing lap, nice timing. We had no visitors on the market due to Townsend and the fellows on the pit field making an attempt to get us a transparent observe and a transparent hole and it labored out right this moment.”
Second, 0.150s again, was Madison Snow within the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3, with Jan Heylen 0.163s again within the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Michael DeQuesada was as much as third when he took a visit by way of the grass within the Esses. He was capable of proceed, however the grill of the No. 14 Lexus was full of grass and he was compelled to pit. He wound up qualifying eighth.
GRT Magnus Racing opted to not qualify the No. 44 Flex-Field Lamborghini Huracan GT3 to avoid wasting tires for the race. Groups are allowed 9 units of Michelin rubber for the occasion.
UP NEXT: Tomorrow’s six-hour is ready to start out at 11:35 a.m. ET. This occasion replaces the Sahlen’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen, and serves because the sixth occasion for the WeatherTech Championship and the second spherical of the Michelin Endurance Cup.