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SPORT NEWS – Montoya tops opening IMSA follow at Mid-Ohio

Montoya tops opening IMSA follow at Mid-Ohio


Juan Pablo Montoya paced opening follow for the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship on Friday for the Acura Sports activities Automobile Problem at Mid-Ohio.

Driving the No. 6 Acura Crew Penske DPi, the 45-year-old Colombian and turned an general finest lap of 1m, 13.057s round 13-turn, 2.258-mile everlasting highway course to grab the highest spot within the closing moments of the session.

“It was good,” Montoya stated. “We had some points there. I believe I obtained, like, solely six laps within the automobile, so I used to be fairly pleased with that. (The monitor) appears to go well with the automobile. It’s the higher racetrack that our automobile tends to essentially deal with higher than the others.

“Being a dealing with racetrack, we usually run fairly first rate. It looks as if all people is absolutely shut. With the slippery racetrack, it makes it actually, actually troublesome.”

Pipo Derani put the No. 31 Motion Specific Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R second general on the timesheets with a lap of 1m13.293s, which was 0.236s off the mark set by Montoya. Derani, together with co-driver Felipe Nasr, logged 38 laps within the session, which was second-most among the many DPi class. The No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi pushed by Tristan Vautier and Gabriel Aubry logged probably the most laps general at 41. The duo struggled with tempo and ended final (eighth) at school, over 1.5s behind Montoya.

Ricky Taylor gave Acura Crew Penske two of the highest three general after a lap of 1m, 13.302s within the No. 7 Acura DPi, which was a slim 0.009s off of Derani’s time.

It wasn’t the perfect final result for championship chief Renger van der Zande. The 34-year-old Dutchman ran seventh quickest at 1m13.950s within the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac, which can be co-driven by Ryan Briscoe. The time put a large hole 0.893s behind the chief.

Corvette Racing flexed its muscle tissue in GTLM as Antonio Garcia set the tone by placing down a flying lap of 1m19.690 within the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R. He was adopted by teammate Tommy Milner within the No. 4 sister automobile, who ended the session 0.301s behind.

Invoice Auberlen went quickest in GTD with a finest lap of 1m21.861s within the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 for Turner Motorsport. Jack Hawksworth, piloting the No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3, went second-fastest by slim 0.056s.

The No. 30 Crew Hardpoint Audi R8 LMS GT3 pushed by Spencer Pumpelly and Rob Ferriol suffered a technical problem and was the one workforce to not take part within the session.

There have been no on-track incidents within the one hour follow.

UP NEXT: The ultimate follow session will happen on Saturday at 10:55 a.m. ET, with Sunday that includes qualifying (8 a.m.) adopted by the 2h, 40m race starting at 2:05 p.m. on NBC Sports activities Gold.

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SPORT NEWS – Montoya tops opening IMSA follow at Mid-Ohio
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