Group Penske entered this weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans at Highway Atlanta trying to achieve useful expertise for its full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship return subsequent season.
It definitely didn’t take lengthy for the group to get acclimated to IMSA competitors, with Helio Castronves scoring the TOTAL Pole Award Friday afternoon within the No. 6 ORECA LM P2. The staff is competing with the ORECA this weekend earlier than campaigning a pair of Acura DPi prototypes in 2018.
“It’s not a press release,” stated Castronves. “I’ll inform you what, we’re nonetheless studying. To begin with, due to Group Penske for this nice alternative. I can’t clearly overlook about my teammates, Simon [Pagenaud] and Juan Pablo [Montoya] as a result of I had an enormous shunt a few week in the past. And man, to convey again that confidence it was a little bit bit powerful, however my guys have been in a position to coach me and ensure we bought it.”
Group Penske confirmed Castroneves because the third of the staff’s 4 full-time drivers earlier this week, becoming a member of Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron for 2018.
He moved to the highest of the charts six minutes into the 15-minute qualifying session, and bested that lap one circuit later with a TOTAL Pole Award-winning lap of 1 minute, 11.314 seconds (128.221 mph).
The No. 22 Nissan DPi of Pipo Derani certified second, zero.161 seconds behind Castroneves. It was a robust qualifying session for the Tequila Patrón ESM staff with Derani’s No. 22 entry qualifying one spot higher than teammate Brendan Hartley within the No. 2 Patrón Nissan DPi.
The Motul Petit Le Mans is the ultimate race of the WeatherTech Championship season, in addition to the ultimate spherical of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. The championship-leading Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi staff of Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor and Ryan Hunter-Reay certified seventh.
James French and the Efficiency Tech Motorsports staff are on the lookout for eight consecutive wins in eight consecutive races.
James French places Efficiency Tech in place for good IMSA Prototype season
With the Prototype Problem (PC) championship already clinched, James French and the Efficiency Tech Motorsports staff enters the Motul Petit Le Mans trying to full a clear sweep this season with eight wins in eight races within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Going for that eighth consecutive win, the staff will begin from a well-known place with French muscling the No. 38 ORECA FLM09 to his seventh pole in eight races with a lap of 1 minute, 16.069 seconds (120.206 mph). He can be joined this weekend by full-season co-driver Pato O’Ward and Kyle Masson.
“We’re making an attempt to get all the pieces potential out of the automobile, no matter who else is with us,” he stated. “So we’re simply making an attempt to do the perfect that we are able to and extract all the pieces potential, and I believe we did a fairly good job of that at present.”
BAR1 Motorsports rounded out the highest three with Garrett Grist qualifying second within the No. 26 ORECA FLM09 and Don Yount third within the No. 20 ORECA FLM09.
FOX Sports activities has dwell protection Saturday of the Motul Petit Le Mans, starting at 10:30 a.m. ET on FS1, with a full dwell stream accessible on FOX Sports activities GO with FS1 authentication. FS2 continues the printed from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET, with FOX Sports activities GO unique protection from 2:30 to five p.m. ET. The race concludes on FS2 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. IMSA Radio has dwell protection all through on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio.
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