IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Qualifying Report - Mid-Ohio

May 5, 2018

Track:   Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Race:    Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio
Date:     May 5, 2018

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

Practice 3
Position:                             1st           
Time / Speed:                    1:12.675 seconds / 111.851 mph

Driver:                               Dane Cameron
Position:                            2nd
Time / Speed:                    1:11.984 seconds / 112.924 mph

No. 7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi – Helio Castroneves/Ricky Taylor

Practice 3
Position:                             2nd           
Time / Speed:                    1:12.763 seconds / 111.715 mph

Driver:                               Helio Castroneves
Position:                            1st
Time / Speed:                    1:11.837 seconds / 113.155 mph

Fastest Qualifying Time:              1:11.837 seconds (No. 7 – Castroneves)

Recap: The Team Penske quartet of drivers have served notice to the rest of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship that they will have to go through the pair of Acura Prototypes to win Sunday's Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The duos of Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya driving the No. 6 ARX-05 DPi, and Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 each took turns at the top of the scoring charts during the three practice sessions leading up to the Saturday afternoon qualifying session. When the dust had settled on the qualifying both Cameron and Castroneves became the only drivers to dip into the 1:11 seconds bracket with Castroneves coming out on top with a lap of 1:11.837 seconds for his first pole position as a member of Acura Team Penske, and the second-consecutive pole for the team following Montoya's run at Long Beach. Castroneves, who always has a flair for the dramatic, nipped Cameron on the final run of the day as time expired on the session. It will be an all-Acura front row leading the field to the green flag on Sunday, which is about a one-hour drive from the large Honda and Acura manufacturing facilities in Marysville, OH. 

Coverage: The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio can be seen live on FS2 and tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1 pm ET. Coverage can also be heard on IMSA Radio.