IMSA Race Report – Rolex 24 at Daytona January 26, 2020
Track: Daytona International Speedway
Race: Rolex 24 at Daytona
Date: January 25-26, 2020
No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi – Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya/Simon Pagenaud Start: 2nd Overall Finish: 4th Class Finish: 4th Status: Running Laps Completed: 828/833
•Juan Pablo Montoya qualified the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 Prototype in the second starting position for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, giving the defending IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champions a shot to score the team’s first win in the iconic event since 1969.
•A strong start by Montoya kept the No. 6 Acura inside the top three until he turned the driving duties over to Dane Cameron, who promptly raced his way into the lead just under four hours into the race.
•Simon Pagenaud was next behind the wheel as the sun started to fade and the track began to cool. He too was able to keep the Acura at the front of the field during his first stint.
•Unfortunately, the cooler conditions did not suit the setup on the No. 6 and the ride quality began to deteriorate, exacerbated by contact between Montoya and another competitor that damaged the right front body work and suspension.
•During the overnight hours the trio of drivers had their hands full with the handling condition of the Acura, while also losing three laps due to a brake change under green flag conditions.
•When the sun rose on Sunday morning it improved the handling and all three drivers were able to help move the No. 6 team up the scoring pylon, eventually finishing in the fourth position.
•The No. 6 team sits fourth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, seven points out of the lead and fifth in the Michelin Endurance Cup standings, seven points behind the leaders. The next endurance race is March 21 at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway.