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IMSA Point Standings
2018 Final (Top-10)
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Eric Curran 277
1 Felipe Nasr 277
2 Jonathan Bennett 274
2 Colin Braun 274
3 Jordan Taylor 270
3 Renger Van Der Zande 270
4 Misha Goikhberg 252
4 Stephen Simpson 252
5 Dane Cameron 251
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 251
6 Filipe Albuquerque 249
7 Ricky Taylor 243
7 Helio Castroneves 243
8 Oliver Jarvis 234
8 Tristan Nunez 234
9 Pipo Derani 232
10 Jonathan Bomarito 218

GTLM
1 Jan Magnussen 322
1 Antonio Garcia 322
2 Richard Westbrook 316
2 Ryan Briscoe 316
3 Oliver Gavin 310
3 Tommy Milner 310
4 Dirk Mueller 308
4 Joey Hand 308
5 Earl Bamber 308
5 Laurens Vanthoor 308
6 Alexander Sims 304
6 Connor De Phillippi 304
7 Nick Tandy 299
7 Patrick Pilet 299
8 John Edwards 278
8 Jesse Krohn 278
9 Bill Auberlen 106
10 Frederic Makowiecki 93

GTD
1 Bryan Sellers 333
1 Madison Snow 333
2 Katherine Legge 329
3 Jeroen Bleekemolen 299
3 Ben Keating 299
4 Cooper Macneil 295
5 Kyle Marcelli 268
5 Dominik Baumann 268
6 Alvaro Parente 264
7 Patrick Long 263
7 Christina Nielsen 263
8 John Potter 255
8 Andy Lally 255
9 Justin Marks 249
9 Lawson Aschenbach 249
10 Jack Hawksworth 239

Manufacturers
Rank Make Total
1 Cadillac 332
2 Acura 316
3 Nissan 302
4 Mazda 300

GTLM
1 Ford 351
2 Chevrolet 345
3 Porsche 341
4 BMW 332
5 Ferrari 84

GTD
1 Lamborghini 340
2 Acura 330
3 Ferrari 310
4 Mercedes-AMG 307
5 Lexus 306
6 Porsche 298
7 Audi 284
8 BMW 278
Montoya, Acura Claim Pole at Long Beach

Hand wins GCTLM pole for Ford
Saturday, April 14, 2018

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Juan Montoya on pole
Juan Montoya on pole
Juan Pablo Montoya took his Acura ARX-05 prototypes to a lap record run Friday around the 1.968-mile Long Beach temporary street circuit, with the Acura Team Penske driver claiming the pole for Saturday’s Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix. 

Driving the #6 Acura ARX-05 prototype he will share with co-driver Dane Cameron, Montoya was the quickest of four drivers who bettered the existing Long Beach lap record during today’s brief, 15-minute qualifying session.  His best lap of 1:12.922 shattered the old mark, set just last year, of 1:13.549. 

Montoya’s run is the first pole, in just the third event, for the new Acura ARX-05 prototype, and the first for Acura Team Penske in the organization’s return to sports car racing in 2018.  Driving the #7 ARX-05, Helio Castroneves also bettered the existing track record, and will start his Acura from fourth, sharing the driving duties with Ricky Taylor.

Montoya was one of four drivers to better the previous Long Beach track record with a lap of 1 minute, 12.922 seconds (97.155 mph) in the No. 6 Acura DPi he co-drives with sports car veteran Dane Cameron. Ricky Taylor previously held the record, lapping the 1.968-mile street circuit in 1:13.549 in 2017 while driving the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. for Wayne Taylor Racing.

“Acura and Team Penske have done such a good job on the car this weekend,” said Montoya, who also scored his first career pole at Long Beach in any series. “It’s reminds me of driving a Formula 1 car, you can hustle it around and you still have to manage it. I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow, it should be a lot of fun."

Montoya and Acura Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves both were inducted into the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame on Thursday. Montoya won the 1999 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach en route to capturing the 1999 CART FedEx Championship Series title and finished third at Long Beach in 2015. 

Hand nabs GTLM pole

Joey Hand saved his best for last in qualifying for Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach. 

The 100-minute race will be televised live on FOX network at 4 p.m. ET Saturday. Live IMSA Radio coverage also is available on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio.

On his final lap of the 15-minute qualifying session, Hand threw down a new track record lap for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn Long Beach street circuit to score the class pole position in the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT. Hand’s best lap of 1 minute, 16.869 (92.167 mph) eclipsing the previous record of 1:16.909 set in 2017 by Jan Magnussen.

It was Hand’s second sports car pole at Long Beach, but his first in seven years. He started from the American Le Mans Series GT class pole in 2011 for BMW Team RLL, a race he went on to win alongside his current No. 66 co-driver Dirk Mueller. Overall, it was Hand’s 12th career IMSA pole position (five WeatherTech Championship, six ALMS and one GRAND-AM pole).

“We made some last minute changes before qualifying,” Hand said. “We just kept tuning and tuning. Man, I work with the best team, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. It took until the last lap. I didn’t get a good one until then, with low fuel. I knew it was the time to do it. 

“I’m so happy. I love being at Long Beach. I love being on pole. My wife is here and so is my family. Look, there’s boats right there! How great is that?”

Starting second in GTLM will be Laurens Vanthoor, who looked like he’d be the class polesitter for much of the session. Vanthoor’s best lap was 1:17.013 (91.994 mph) in the No. 912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR that he co-drives with Earl Bamber. 

Starting third will be Patrick Pilet in the No. 911 Porsche, who turned in a best qualifying lap of 1:17.263 (91.697 mph). Pilet and co-driver Nick Tandy are looking for their second Long Beach GTLM victory in three years after winning the 2016 rendition of the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.

Jan Magnussen, a three-time Long Beach pole winner, will start fourth in the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R he shares with Antonio Garcia. Magnussen turned in a best lap of 1:17.293 (91.661 mph). 

Montoya leads a Corvette
Montoya leads a Corvette
Magnussen’s teammate, Oliver Gavin, rounded out the top five in GTLM with a best lap of 1:17.533 (91.377 mph) in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R. Gavin and his co-driver, Tommy Milner, are going for their second consecutive Long Beach victory in Saturday’s 100-minute race.

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Juan Pablo Montoya (driver, #6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) pole qualifier, first pole for new Acura ARX-05 prototype: “It’s nice to finally get a pole for Acura. Going into qualifying, we felt we had two really strong cars, and we were able to deliver the results.  I just really love this Acura, it really reminds me of a Formula One car.  It’s so well balanced, and so nice to drive.  It’s one of those cars where you can push it more and more, and the car just takes it.  You could see it today in qualifying.  I put in one really good lap, and three laps later I was going even quicker!”

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