Bad luck and DNF at Mid Ohio – fastest lap of the race

By September 28, 2020 IMSA

JPM had a though day and lots of ups and downs. Race recap from team Penske:

•Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course began with a bang for Acura Team Penske as Dane Cameron sailed to the first pole position of the year for the No. 6 ARX-05 team.

•Cameron wasted little time in showing the strength of his Acura machine as he jumped out to a six second lead prior to the first round of pit stops. A caution flag on lap 29 brought the 2019 IWSC Champion Acura down pit road for service and a driver change to Juan Pablo Montoya.

 

•Solid pit work placed the No. 6 Acura out in the lead, ahead of the No. 31 Cadillac. Montoya would hold the lead until an incident in Turn 5 when he hit discarded tire debris in the outside lane and ran through the grass, dropping him to the third position.
•After the incident, race strategist Jon Bouslog called Montoya to pit road for fuel and a cleaning of the front wing that eventually placed the No. 6 Acura team on a different pit strategy than the rest of the field.
•Montoya found himself in the lead late in the race with teammate Ricky Taylor behind him. Taylor was able to get around on lap 79 prior to the final pit stop for the No. 6 Acura on lap 85. With fresh tires, Montoya was blazing fast around the tough Mid-Ohio circuit, setting the fastest lap of the race on lap 109.
•Unfortunately, just one lap later, Montoya spun on the entry to Turn 1. The spin resulted in severe handling issues that forced the team to retire from the race on lap 112, three laps from the finish.