Daytona 2020 race report

By July 5, 2020 July 14th, 2020 IMSA

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Race Report – Daytona
“I thought we had a good race. The team prepared a great Acura ARX-05 today and it worked really well. We decided to start the race on the wet tires because I thought that was the safer option. There were still puddles at the ‘bus stop’ and back onto the banking. We had good pace and I’m excited to go to Sebring.”

Track:     Daytona International Speedway   Race:      WeatherTech 240 Date:       July 4, 2020

No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi – Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya

Start: 4th /Overall Finish: 4th /Class Finish: 4th / Status: Running /Laps Completed: 95/95 /Points: 5th (-8)

Recap:

  • Juan Pablo Montoya qualified the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi in the fourth starting position for the WeatherTech 240 at Daytona International Speedway, and Dane Cameron finished off the two hour and forty-minute event in that same position.
  • Severe weather passed over the Daytona Beach area prior to the start of the race with lightning delaying the start by 50 minutes. As a result of the rain, the No. 6 Acura team elected to start the race on Michelin wet tires despite drying track conditions as there was still standing water in some areas.
  • The intensity of this sprint race was evident on the first lap as Montoya and the No. 55 Mazda waged a spirited battel into the first turn with Montoya coming out with the third position.
  • Differing fuel strategies saw the No. 6 Acura cycle in and out of the lead throughout the race as both Montoya and Cameron were able to show consistent pace.
  • Cameron replaced Montoya behind the wheel on lap 52 and looked to be in contention for a podium finish before crossing the finish line in the fourth position.
  • The No. 6 Acura team sits fifth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, eight points out of the lead. The next race is July 18 at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway.

Quote:

“I thought we had a good race. The team prepared a great Acura ARX-05 today and it worked really well. We decided to start the race on the wet tires because I thought that was the safer option. There were still puddles at the ‘bus stop’ and back onto the banking. We had good pace and I’m excited to go to Sebring.”