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Qualifying report
IMSA Road America

Road America IMSA: Nasr takes pole in AXR Cadillac

Felipe Nasr has claimed pole position for this weekend’s IMSA SportsCar Championship round at Road America in his Whelen-backed, Action Express-run Cadillac.

Race winner #31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi: Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani

In soaking wet conditions, Kevin Magnussen (Ganassi Cadillac) set the early pace at 2m09.774s, 0.4s faster than Ricky Taylor (Wayne Taylor Racing Acura) and Nasr.

Nasr then jumped to the top of the times at 2m08.114s, following Taylor on track. He improved again to 2m07.919s, three quarters of a second faster than the car he was physically chasing.

Weather conditions then worsened as Nasr spun at Turn 5 – narrowly avoided by Magnussen – and continued, while Olivier Pla hit the wall at Turn 3 in his Meyer Shank Acura. Magnussen then had his own off-track excursion at Turn 3.

Oliver Jarvis was third quickest – fractionally slower than Taylor – in the sole Mazda, ahead of Magnussen, Tristan Vautier (JDC-Miller Cadillac) and Pla.

In LMP2, Ben Keating (PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports) dominated despite a spin, ahead of Steven Thomas (who also spun his WIN Autosport ORECA) and John Farano.

Dan Goldburg was fastest in LMP3 on a drying track, 0.313s ahead of Gar Robinson and Jarrett Andretti.

#3 Corvette Racing Corvette C8.R, GTLM: Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor

#3 Corvette Racing Corvette C8.R, GTLM: Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor

Photo by: Bill Gulker

GT classes

The GTLM session was held in full wet conditions, Jordan Taylor outpacing his Corvette Racing team-mate Nick Tandy with a 2m20.979s against 2m21.606s, which was 0.627s faster. In the only other entry, Cooper MacNeil was way off their pace in the WeatherTech Porsche 911 RSR at 2m24.184s.

In GTD, which kicked off the qualifying process, the track was dry as the green flag flew but spots of rain were already falling so drivers were keen to get their laps in as soon as possible. Aaron Telitz set the pace in his Vasser-Sullivan Lexus at 2m07.195s and will start the #14 car from pole position in class.

Trent Hindman was closest to him, getting within 0.667s in his Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R, before the rain intensified. Both had laps deleted due to track limits infringements, but that didn’t impact their fastest times.

Robby Foley was third quickest in his Turner Motorsport BMW M6, ahead of Zacharie Robichon (Pfaff Motorsports Porsche) and Richard Heistand in his Audi R8.

In the point-scoring session that followed, the track was fully wet. Laurens Vanthoor, driving with a broken nose after his Spa 24 Hours paddock mishap, was fastest by 0.9s to score maximum points in the Pfaff Porsche, ahead of Bill Auberlen in the Turner BMW and Bryan Sellers (Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini).

Results

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Laps Time Gap
  01 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
DPi Cadillac DPi 7 2'09.194 1.275
  5 France Tristan Vautier
France Loic Duval
DPi Cadillac DPi 7 2'10.497 2.578
  10 United States Ricky Taylor
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
DPi Acura DPi 7 2'08.677 0.758
  31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
DPi Cadillac DPi 7 2'07.919  
  55 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
DPi Mazda DPi 7 2'08.716 0.797
  60 United States Dane Cameron
France Olivier Pla
DPi Acura DPi 5 2'10.500 2.581
  8 Canada John Farano
France Gabriel Aubry
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 6 2'24.176 16.257
  11 United States Thomas Steven
United States Tristan Nunez
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 6 2'19.941 12.022
  18 United States Dwight Merriman
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 5 2'27.462 19.543
  52 United States Ben Keating
Denmark Mikkel Jensen
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 6 2'18.511 10.592

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