Race Report – Watkins Glen JPM 3rd

By July 1, 2019IMSA

Track: Watkins Glen International Race: Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen Date: June 30, 2019
No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi – Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya Start: 2nd Overall Finish: 3rd Class Finish: 3rd Status: Running Laps Completed: 211/211

Recap:

  • Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya continued their strong run of late by scoring a third-place, podium finish in Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International. The finish gives the duo the lead in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the first time this season.

  • Cameron qualified the No. 6 Acura DPi Prototype on Saturday afternoon, narrowly missing out on the team’s third pole position of the year before settling with a second place starting position for the six-hour endurance event.
  • Unfortunately for the No. 6 team they were put in a hole before the race began when it was discovered they had a left-front tire going down just after the pre-race ceremonies concluded. This resulted in them having to start at the end of the field and also serve a pass-through penalty when the race began for changing the tire.
  • After serving the penalty, Cameron started the team’s arduous climb back through the field from the 29th position, but just prior to the two-hour mark of the race both Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya had driven up to the fourth position.
  • Montoya restarted from the lead on lap 169, at the four hour and 53-minute mark, following a lengthy caution and despite saving fuel he was able to hold off the eventual race winning teams from Mazda Team Joest well into the final hour of the race.
  • Unable to hold the two competitors behind, Montoya eventually settled in to ensure the team brought home a podium finish and the solid points that come with it.
  • The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series will next visit Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on Sunday, July 7 for the Sports Car Grand Prix presented by Acura, a rare back-to-back for the series.

Quote:

“Apart from the late-race contact when we were saving fuel it was a good day for the No. 6 Acura team. We didn’t hit anything and had a pretty smooth day. After the contact with the Mazda we were going through the ‘bus stop’ and something flew off and hit the front of our car again, which didn’t help us. We had good pace today, but the Mazdas were in their own league. For us, it was a solid result and good for the championship.”
– Juan Pablo Montoya