JPM 3rd at Detroit Team race report

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Team Penske IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Race Report 

Track: Belle Isle Park Street Course
Race: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
Date: June 2, 2018
No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi – Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 2nd
Overall Finish: 3rd / Class Finish: 3rd / Status: Running / Laps Completed: 68/68
/ Laps Led: 10 / Points Position: 5th (-18 pts)

•Juan Pablo Montoya qualified the No. 6 Acura ARX-06 DPi in the second position on Friday afternoon, just missing his second pole position of the season.
•Montoya wasted little time in moving into the lead, taking the top spot on the second lap of the race.
•Once he propelled into the lead, Montoya stretched his lead to over two seconds before a caution flag flew on lap 12.
•Race strategist Kyle Moyer called Montoya to pit road where the team swapped drivers to former Detroit Grand Prix winner, Dane Cameron, while applying new tires and fuel.
•When the race restarted, Cameron had to slow to miss a spinning competitor, resulting in the loss of several positions. However, he was able to make them up with a strong, three-wide more into the third turn on the next lap to move up to ninth.
•Cameron made the team’s final pit stop of the day on lap 43 for fuel only, meaning he would take the same tires to the finish of the 100-minute race.
•The race resumed with Cameron in the second position, just behind teammate Ricky Taylor. The Acura Team Penske duo tried mightily to get to the leader but the laps ran out before either could make a move.
•The finish is the second-consecutive podium result for the No. 6 ARX-05 DPI, moving  Cameron and Montoya into the fifth spot in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship point standings.
“It was definitely a solid points day for the No. 6 Acura team. To get another podium means that we are finding consistency as we move into the second half of the season, which is great. We did a double stint on tires to finish the race and I just didn’t have anything left there at the end to really push Ricky and Eric for the win. I thought Juan did a great job early on to get us the lead and really opened it up there at one point, so we have a lot to build on for these street courses.”
Dane Cameron