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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

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1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Castroneves, Montoya adapting as Full-Time IMSA drivers

Their IndyCar careers are over
Saturday, November 4, 2017


Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya have accomplished many great things during their racing career.

Castroneves is a three-time Indy 500 champion, 30-time IndyCar race winner and is a previous winner of Motul Petit Le Mans. Montoya owns two Indy 500 winner’s rings, an IndyCar championship, victories in Formula 1 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and three Rolex 24 At Daytona wins.

But the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be a new experience for both, as full-time sports car racers for Acura Team Penske. Castroneves will share one Acura ARX-05 DPi with 2017 WeatherTech Championship Prototype champion Ricky Taylor, while Montoya will co-drive the team’s other car with 2016 champ Dane Cameron.

All four drivers were busy testing their new car at Daytona International Speedway, along with IndyCar regular Graham Rahal, who will share the same Acura DPi with Castroneves and Taylor in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and Motul Petit Le Mans in 2018. Simon Pagenaud, the 2016 IndyCar champion, will share a car with Montoya and Cameron in those three endurance races.

“Ricky and Dane, they are champions in the series,” Castroneves said. “Actually, they have more experience than me and Juan Pablo as well. We like having them as a reference to learn details. We’re talking about traction control, we’re talking about power steering, I mean, there’s a lot of things that, in IndyCar, we don’t use.

“So now, going through that transition, I’m glad to have those guys to be able to smooth it out. I’m excited. I’ve got the champ in my car, and Juan Pablo also has a champ in his car. It’s fun. We’re the older guys, but at the same time, we’re rookies. There’s nothing wrong with learning, always, and especially with those guys.”

To accelerate their learning curve, Castroneves, Montoya and Pagenaud competed in the Motul Petit Le Mans last month in a Gibson V8-powered ORECA LM P2 car. While it wasn’t the same as their new 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 Acura DPi car, the ORECA serves as the base chassis underneath the breathtaking Acura bodywork.

The car gave the drivers some idea of what to expect for next year, as did the competition they faced on the racetrack. Montoya was particularly colorful in his description of the Motul Petit Le Mans experience.

“We were talking with Simon after the race and with Helio, and the best way we described it was, ‘Go down (Interstate) 95 at 150 miles per hour running away from the police,” said Montoya. “That’s kind of the feeling you get here.

“Honestly, you feel like you’re being chased or you’re chasing somebody that stole your life and you need to get it back. You’re driving the wheels out of it and in the meantime, people are getting in the way and you’re bouncing into people. It’s pretty cool.”

Team Penske ran both drivers at Petit LeMans
Team Penske ran both drivers at Petit LeMans
With competition like that, being well prepared for the 2018 season, which kicks off with the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 27-28, is of vital importance. Hence the two days of testing this week at Daytona, which is part of a robust testing plan for the team between now and the season opener.

“I think the reliability of the car has been unbelievable,” Montoya said. “We have no issues. Acura came out with an engine that just runs. It’s great to see and I think it’s very important. Pace, we’ve still got to work on it a little more, but I think it’s still early days for the car.”

And it’s early days for Montoya and Castroneves in their transition from the open-wheel, open-cockpit, single-driver format of IndyCar racing to the closed-cockpit, multiple-driver format of endurance sports car racing. It’s forcing both of them to learn to share.

“I’m not very good at sharing, so right now I’m having a little bit of a problem,” Castroneves laughed. “No, it’s another thing. The transition from IndyCar to sports cars, it takes time. People don’t realize that. I feel like I’m 6-foot-tall, but I know I’m not. (Taylor) is 6-foot-tall, so there’s a difference.

“You’ve got to share, obviously, the driving position, the driving style, the setup, there is so much. In the end of the day, it’s a compromise. Just like a marriage. We all know about that. Sometimes we get what we want, and sometimes we’ve got to choose. Ricky has been phenomenal and Dane as well. They’re all trying to fill us in and filter those transitions. I’m looking forward to 2018.”

The 2018 season begins with the mandatory Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona test on Jan. 5-7, 2018 at Daytona International Speedway, three weeks prior to the 56th running of the Rolex 24. The test is open to the public on all three days. Tickets are available now at

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