MSR Acura continues high kind in second Roar Earlier than the 24 session
Because the drivers had their first style of driving into darkness at Daytona Worldwide Speedway, Helio Castroneves had the fortune to be the final driver to enter the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-06 within the second session of the Roar Earlier than the 24. With cooler temperatures and fewer visitors, Castroneves set the short time of the second session – and the second fast time of the day for MSR – because the groups and drivers put together for subsequent weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, the opening spherical of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
“That is all about workforce Acura to be trustworthy, particularly Meyer Shank Racing,” mentioned Castroneves. “These guys principally did every part. It’s been an extended course of and I feel everybody right here within the paddock, particularly the GTP boys in all probability perceive what I’m saying as a result of everybody has been, , attempting and pushing and understanding. For me it was simply go on the market and luck of a draw to be the final one right here so… However hey, I’ll take it! It was an excellent lap, however we have to hold working exhausting.”
Castroneves admitted the automotive was a far cry from the final time he drove it in testing.
“To be trustworthy, it was the primary time I felt good within the automotive. Acura did a whole lot of work behind the scenes that folks don’t perceive. After I was right here testing the final time, there was no manner I used to be pleased. There have been query marks, large time. However on the finish of the day, everybody did an incredible job and now let’s simply hold it going,” he mentioned.
Castroneves pipped Wayne Taylor Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque as the 2 Acuras led the session, the No. 10 WTR automotive 0.110s shy of Castroneves’s 1m35.120s lap. Scott Dixon put the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac V-LMDh in third with 1m35.585s, adopted by Michael Christensen within the No. 7 Porsche Penske Motorsport 963, Earl Bamber within the No. 02 CGR Cadillac and Sheldon van der Linde within the No. 25 BMW M Group RLL BMW M Hybrid V8. The highest six had been lined by lower than a second, and all 4 GTP producers had been represented in that group. The No. 6 Porsche struggled with points and accomplished solely 9 laps, and the No. 31 Motion Categorical Racing Cadillac was off the tempo, almost two seconds off the highest time.
Mikkel Jensen was the quickest in LMP2 within the No. 11 TDS Racing ORECA-Gibson at 1m38.730s. He was adopted by Matthieu Vaxiviere (No. 88 AF Corse) and Ben Keating (No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports). Gabby Chaves put the No. 36 Andretti Autosport Ligier on high of LMP3 with a 1m42.926s lap. Joao Barbosa was as soon as once more fast, however needed to accept the second finest time within the No. 36 Andretti Autosport Ligier, whereas Felipe Fraga was third for Riley Motorsports.
The GT charts had been topped by a GTD automotive for the second time right now, Fabian Schiller taking the No. 75 SunEnergy1 Mercedes-AMG to the highest with 1 1m47.020s, simply besting the highest GTD PRO automotive, the No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 pushed by Ben Barnicoat with a 1m47.040s lap.
Alex Riberas was second-quickest in GTD PRO, greater than half a second off Barnicoat’s finest, and Mirko Bortolotti was third within the No. 63 Iron Lynx Lamborghini Huracán. A number of GTD PRO vehicles that had difficulties within the first session turned a strong variety of laps within the second, together with the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG setting the fourth-fastest time (Maro Engel) and the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 296 in fifth (Davide Rigon).
Vasser Sullivan was second in GTD in addition to GTD PRO, Parker Thompson turning a 1m47.096s lap to place the No. third general among the many GT vehicles. Nicki Thiim lapped at 1m47.166s within the No. 44 Magnus Racing Aston Martin Vantage that Andy Lally had placed on high of the GT time sheets within the first session.
UP NEXT: The primary of three periods on Saturday, a 90-minute run starting at 11:15 a.m. ET.