IMSA Indianapolis: Tandy pounces on Nasr error to lead Porsche 1-2
Nick Tandy led home Felipe Nasr to score a 1-2 for Porsche Penske Motorsport in the long-awaited return of the IMSA SportsCar Championship to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Road Course.
The #7 Penske Porsche Motorsport 963 of Matt Campbell started on pole and led the field to the green flag.
Sebastien Bourdais, who started fourth in Chip Ganassi Racing’s #01 Cadillac V-Series.R, jumped to the outside and immediately made it a three-wide fight for the lead entering Turn 1.
Campbell, on the inside of both team-mate Mathieu Jaminet (starting the #6 963) and Bourdais, locked up and missed the apex of the opening corner, which allowed Jaminet in the #6 entry to grab the lead. Consequently, it squeezed Bourdais, who was hit and spun around by the #60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-06 of Tom Blomqvist, who was then hit by Phillip Eng in the #24 BMW M Team RLL machine.
The first caution came out due to debris left over from the incident, which sent Bourdais into the pits with right front damage and in need of a nose change. Blomqvist remained out on track despite damage to the front of his car, while Eng’s damage was significant enough to require multiple visits to the pitlane as it finished 41st overall, and last in the GTP class, at 10 laps down.
The second caution came out when the #18 ORECA LMP2 07 of Dwight Merriman (Era Motorsport) made slight contact with the #93 Acura NSX GT3 (Racers Edge Motorsports with WTR) in the GTD class coming out of the last corner of the 14-turn, 2.439-mile circuit. Merriman was sent into a spin in front of the field, with several near misses until the yellow came out.
A run of driver changes followed soon after, with Tandy replacing Jaminet, while Nasr swapped with Campbell. At this time, Blomqvist remained in, but was serviced with a nose change from the earlier contact.
During the GTD split sequence under the caution, the Penske cars failed to yield appropriately, according to race control, allowing the #31 Whelen Cadillac of Pipo Derani to bizarrely sprint to first place, despite running under yellow, ahead of the Penske Porsches.
Nasr jumped ahead of Tandy on the restart going into Turn 1 with 1h35m to go, while Derani sped off in the lead.
#31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac Racing Cadillac V- Series.R: Pipo Derani, Alexander Sims
Photo by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images
It took 25 minutes for Nasr to close on Derani, who overshot Turn 1 after struggling with lapped traffic. As a result, Nasr grabbed the lead and brought Tandy through, as well, while Derani fell to third and immediately began to drop back from the Porsches.
With one hour remaining, Nasr and Tandy made slight contact while weaving through traffic, which let Tandy close and tease a shot for the lead coming out of Turn 4. However, the track position remained unchanged.
The moment of the race came with 46 minutes left. Nasr pitted as Tandy inherited the lead and stayed out an additional lap. On his out-lap, Nasr locked up going into Turn 7 and lost time on the grass, while Tandy kept it clean and came away 7s ahead after the cycle was complete.
From there, the Briton maintained the lead and gapped his team-mate to win by 17.421s. The #25 BMW M Hybrid V8 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing finished third, with Connor De Phillippi guiding the team to the finish after co-driver Nick Yelloly handled the early running.
The LMP2 battle was won by Mikkel Jensen in the #11 TDS Racing entry also co-driven by Steven Thomas. The winning move came with 25 minutes left in the race, with Jensen driving by the #8 Tower Motorsports machine of Louis Deletraz, who had led the majority of the way in the category.
Anthony Mantella and Wayne Boyd guided the #17 Ligier JSP320 for Tower Motorsports to victory in LMP3, 12s ahead of Josh Burton – and co-driver Gar Robinson – in the #74 Riley Ligier.
#79 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes AMG GT3: Daniel Juncadella, Jules Gounon
Photo by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images
GTD Pro was won by the #79 Mercedes AMG GT3 co-driven by the WeatherTech Racing duo of Daniel Juncadella and Jules Gounon. They finished 3.493s ahead of the #23 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 for Heart of Racing Team, piloted by Ross Gunn and Alex Riberas.
Philip Ellis provided the late magic in GTD, pulling off the class-winning move with four minutes to go in Turns 8-9. Ellis pushed the #57 Mercedes AMG GT3 (Winward Racing) by Loris Spinelli’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 (Forte Racing), who ended up second at 1.268s behind at the finish.
IMSA Indianapolis race result
|1||N. Tandy M. Jaminet Porsche Penske Motorsport||6||Porsche 963||113||-||3|
|2||M. Campbell F. Nasr Porsche Penske Motorsport||7||Porsche 963||113||+17.421||17.421||3|
|3||C. de Phillippi N. Yelloly BMW M Team RLL||25||BMW M Hybrid V8||113||+32.964||15.543||3|
|4||P. Derani A. Sims Whelen Engineering Cadillac Racing||31||Cadillac V-Series.R||113||+48.431||15.467||3|
|5||R. Taylor F. Albuquerque Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06||10||Acura ARX-06||113||+1'00.008||11.577||3|
|6||T. Blomqvist C. Braun Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb Agajanian||60||Acura ARX-06||113||+1'09.574||9.566||3|
|7||S. Bourdais R. van der Zande Cadillac Racing||01||Cadillac V-Series.R||113||+1'10.986||1.412||5|
|8||T. van der Helm M. Rockenfeller JDC/Miller Motorsports||5||Porsche 963||113||+1'11.470||0.484||3|
|9||H. Tincknell G. Bruni Proton Competition||59||Porsche 963||113||+1'13.652||2.182||5|
|10||T. Steven M. Jensen TDS Racing||11||ORECA LMP2 07||110||3 laps||5|
|11||D. Goldburg L. Deletraz Tower Motorsports||8||ORECA LMP2 07||110||3 laps||5|
|12||G. Kurtz B. Hanley Crowdstrike Racing by APR||04||ORECA LMP2 07||110||3 laps||5|
|13||B. Keating P. Chatin PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports||52||ORECA LMP2 07||109||4 laps||6|
|14||R. Sales G. van der Garde TDS Racing||35||ORECA LMP2 07||108||5 laps||6|
|15||A. Mantella W. Boyd AWA||17||Duqueine D08||107||6 laps||4|
|16||G. Robinson J. Burdon Riley||74||Ligier JS P320||107||6 laps||5|
N. SiegelG. Grist Jr III Racing
|30||Ligier JS P320||107||6 laps||4|
G. de Jr III Racing
|29||Ligier JS P320||107||6 laps||4|
|19||O. Fidani M. Bell AWA||13||Duqueine D08||107||6 laps||4|
|20||D. Merriman R. Dalziel Era Motorsport||18||ORECA LMP2 07||106||7 laps||6|
|21||L. Willsey J. Barbosa Sean Creech Motorsport||33||Ligier JS P320||106||7 laps||4|
|22|| K. Conway
J. Geesbreght Ave Motorsports
|4||Ligier JS P320||105||8 laps||5|
|23||D. Juncadella J. Gounon WeatherTech Racing||79||Mercedes AMG GT3||104||9 laps||4|
|24||R. Gunn A. Riberas Heart Of Racing Team||23||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||104||9 laps||3|
|25||J. Hawksworth B. Barnicoat Vasser Sullivan||14||Lexus RC F GT3||104||9 laps||3|
|26||R. Ward P. Ellis Winward Racing||57||Mercedes AMG GT3||104||9 laps||4|
|27||M. Goikhberg L. Spinelli Forte Racing Powered by USRT||78||Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2||104||9 laps||5|
|28||B. Sellers M. Snow Paul Miller Racing||1||BMW M4 GT3||104||9 laps||3|
|29||R. De Angelis M. Sorensen Heart Of Racing Team||27||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||104||9 laps||3|
|30||P. Gallagher R. Foley Turner Motorsport||96||BMW M4 GT3||104||9 laps||5|
|31||A. Brynjolfsson T. Hindman Wright Motorsports||77||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||104||9 laps||4|
|32||K. Bachler P. Pilet Pfaff Motorsports||9||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||104||9 laps||5|
|33||A. Garcia J. Taylor Corvette Racing||3||Corvette C8.R GTD||104||9 laps||3|
|34||B. Auberlen C. Hull Turner Motorsport||97||BMW M4 GT3||104||9 laps||4|
|35||D. Brule A. Udell Kellymoss with Riley||92||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||104||9 laps||4|
|36||M. Skeen M. Grenier Korthoff/Preston Motorsports||32||Mercedes AMG GT3||104||9 laps||5|
|37|| P. Hyett
S. Priaulx AO Racing
|80||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||104||9 laps||5|
|38||J. Rabe D. Dickerson MLT Motorsports||54||Ligier JS P320||103||10 laps||4|
A. MetniK. van Berlo Kellymoss with Riley
|91||Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)||103||10 laps||6|
|40||P. Eng A. Farfus BMW M Team RLL||24||BMW M Hybrid V8||103||10 laps||6|
|41||J. Andretti G. Chaves Andretti Autosport||94||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||103||10 laps||4|
S. MonkK. Legge Gradient Racing
|66||Acura NSX GT3||103||10 laps||5|
|43||F. Montecalvo A. Telitz Vasser Sullivan||12||Lexus RC F GT3||103||10 laps||4|
A. DiasS. Andrews Lone Star Racing
|15||Mercedes AMG GT3||103||10 laps||4|
C. Bloum Performance Tech Motorsports
|38||Ligier JS P320||102||11 laps||6|
|46||B. Iribe F. Schandorff Inception Racing||70||McLaren 720S GT3 EVO||96||17 laps||6|
|47||D. Andersen E. Jones High Class Racing||20||ORECA LMP2 07||78||35 laps||6|
|48||A. Harrison K. Marcelli Racers Edge Motorsports with WTR||93||Acura NSX GT3||24||89 laps||1|
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