Race Report – Petit Le Mans

By October 13, 2019IMSA

Track: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta  / Race: Petit Le Mans   /  Date: October 12, 2019
No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi  Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya/Simon Pagenaud
Start: 4th /  Overall Finish: 4th /  Class Finish: 4th / Status: Running /  Laps Completed: 464/465 / Points: 1st / 11th sports car championship in team history
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Recap:

  • The No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi claimed the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) on Saturday evening at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. In just their second year of competition, Acura and Team Penske combined to win their first IWSC title, and the 11th sports car championship in the 53-year history of Team Penske.
  • The trio of Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya and 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud entered the Petit Le Mans weekend at Michelin Raceway needing only an eighth-place finish to secure the Bishop-France Trophy. An up-and-down day for the No. 6 Acura team resulted in a fourth-place finish, the team’s first non-podium finish since March in a remarkably consistent season that led to a title.
  • Cameron qualified the Acura in the fourth position, and he settled in there as the race began. The team was able to gradually move up early in the event, despite lacking rear grip under a hot Georgia sun.
  • A strong pit sequence just past the halfway point of the race put Pagenaud at the front of the field. They would remain toward the front as the sun began to set over the circuit.
  • The Acura was not as strong during the night, but the talented group of drivers were able to turn consistent, conservative laps to ensure they ran the rest of the way with no mistakes to secure a solid finish, allowing them to celebrate the championship achievement.

 
Quote:

“It feels great to be able to cap off a really great year with our first championship. We learned a lot in 2018 and I think we came back in our second year with a great ARX-05. After learning each other in our first year as teammates, Dane and I worked really well together this year. And the Acura guys gave us everything we needed all year. Team Penske has been having an amazing year this year and I’m glad we could pitch in with three wins and an IMSA championship.”
– Juan Pablo Montoya