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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
Taylor Storms to Laguna Seca Pole

New IMSA track record
Saturday, September 8, 2018

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Jodon Taylor - IMSA drove all the LMP2 cars away so the DPIs now can win
Jodon Taylor - IMSA drove all the LMP2 cars away so the DPIs now can win

Jordan Taylor shattered his brother’s year-old track record at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca en route to taking the Motul Pole Award in qualifying for Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute America’s Tire 250.

Driving the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, Taylor posted a best time of one minute, 16.181 seconds (105.758 mph) around the 2.238-mile permanent road circuit to take the top starting spot. It bested the previous WeatherTech Championship Prototype record of 1:16.853 (104.8 mph) set by Ricky Taylor in qualifying here last year in the No. 10 Cadillac.

It was Taylor’s 10th career IMSA pole (eight GRAND-AM, two WeatherTech Championship) and his first since taking the pole at WeatherTech Raceway in 2015. Most importantly, it gives Taylor and co-driver Renger van der Zande a leg up on their competition for the 2018 WeatherTech Championship Prototype title.

They go into Sunday’s race fourth in the Prototype standings, but just 12 behind current co-leaders Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi.

“It was obviously good to get the pole,” said Jordan Taylor. “We’ve had a good season. Looking at the championship, we’ve had a top five every race except for Daytona. From a success rate we haven’t had a win yet.

“Renger had the pole at Daytona which was huge, so it’s good to get back to that trend here. We’re 12 points back in the championship. It seems like we have a little bit more of a handle on our car than Action Express, which is our main goal this weekend. It’s our goal to gain points.”

Dane Cameron will start alongside Taylor on the front row. Cameron posted a best time of 1:16.576 (105.212 mph) in the No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi car he shares with Juan Pablo Montoya. Cameron is looking to avenge last year’s late-race pass for the victory by van der Zande when both were driving different cars than they are this season.

Helio Castroneves made it two Acura DPis in the top three with a third-best result in the No. 7 machine he shares with Ricky Taylor. Castroneves’ best lap was a 1:16.662 (105.094 mph). Pipo Derani qualified fourth in the No. 22 Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan DPi at 1:16.766 (104.952 mph), and Colin Braun completed the top five with a lap of 1:16.774 (104.941 mph) in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA LMP2 machine.

Braun and co-driver Jon Bennett are currently third in the Prototype championship standings, 10 points behind the leaders. They’re looking for their third consecutive victory on Sunday.

Curran qualified the No. 31 Cadillac ninth with a lap of 1:17.415 (104.072 mph), while his Action Express Racing teammate, Joao Barbosa qualified 11th in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi with a lap of 1:17.525 (103.924 mph). Barbosa’s co-driver, Filipe Albuquerque, is currently second in the Prototype standings, trailing Curran and Nasr by seven points.

Gavin puts Corvette on pole 

Oliver Gavin
Oliver Gavin

Oliver Gavin now has 22 career pole positions in IMSA competition, but it’s been a long time coming.

Gavin put the No. 4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class pole for the America’s Tire 250 with a best lap of one minute, 22.700 seconds (97.421 mph) during Saturday’s 15-minute qualifying session at the 2.238-mile WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. It was the first time the decorated English sports car racer qualified on pole since the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

“Thanks to everyone and the crew, it’s a maximum team effort to get us back to being on P1,” Gavin said. “It’s been a while for myself. I’m thrilled, but this is only a small step in what we’re trying to achieve tomorrow and that’s a victory.

“Once the green flag drops tomorrow, this is kind of a little forgotten. I think we’ve got a great race car. The car fell in a little nicely for qualifying, but the C7.R has been strong all year. We’ve had an amazing team, great strategies and pit stops. We just need to once again, execute tomorrow. The competition is at an all-time high in GTLM. To be able to beat those guys here today is pretty satisfying, but tomorrow, is when the real work starts.”

It appeared for much of the qualifying session that Corvette Racing would take a front-row sweep in GTLM. But German racer Dirk Mueller found some late speed in the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT to take second on the starting grid with a lap of 1:22.787 (97.319 mph). It’s a particularly valuable starting spot, as it placed Mueller – who alongside co-driver Joey Hand is battling for the 2018 WeatherTech Championship GTLM title – ahead of both cars he’s pursuing in the title chase.

Points co-leader Jan Magnussen qualified third in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R with a lap of 1:22.806 (97.297 mph). Magnussen and co-driver Antonio Garcia go into Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute race leading No. 67 Ford GT co-drivers Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook by four points, and they’re nine ahead of Mueller and Hand.

Briscoe qualified fourth in the No. 67 at 1:22.850 (97.245 mph). Alexander Sims completed the GTLM top five at 1:22.972 (97.102 mph) in the No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE.

Legge, Acura Take GTD Pole

Katherine Legge
Katherine Legge

Katherine Legge led the way for Acura Saturday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, setting a new GTD lap record to claim the pole in her NSX GT3 for Sunday’s America’s Tire 250. Legge’s effort marks the second front-row start this season for the NSX GT3, and the first GTD class pole for Acura and Legge in 2018.

In Prototype, Dane Cameron took his Acura ARX-05 to second in qualifying, earning him a starting position on the outside of the front row, with his Acura Team Penske teammate Helio Castoneves qualifying third.

Legge needed only four laps to hustle her #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 to a new GTD lap record time of 1:24.456, taking the pole by a margin of 13 hundredths of a second over her primary rival for the 2018 GTD championship, Madison Snow. She will start tomorrow’s two hour, 40-minute endurance race before handing over to co-driver Alvaro Parente.

Justin Marks qualified the #93 MSR Acura 10th in the highly-competitive GTD field, and will share the car in tomorrow’s race with co-driver Lawson Aschenbach.

Lineup

PosPicNo..ClassDrivers*TeamCarTime
1110PR. Van Der Zande / J. TaylorKonica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.RCadillac DPi1:16.181
226PD. Cameron / J. MontoyaAcura Team PenskeAcura DPi1:16.576
337PH. Castroneves / R. TaylorAcura Team PenskeAcura DPi1:16.662
4422PJ. van Overbeek / P. DeraniTequila Patron ESMNissan DPi1:16.766
5554PJ. Bennett / C. BraunCORE autosportORECA LMP21:16.774
6655PJ. Bomarito / H. TincknellMazda Team JoestMazda DPi1:16.793
7785PS. Trummer / R. AlonJDC-Miller MotorsportsORECA LMP21:16.989
8877PO. Jarvis / T. NunezMazda Team JoestMazda DPi1:17.249
9931PF. Nasr / E. CurranWhelen Engineering RacingCadillac DPi1:17.415
101052PS. Saavedra / G. YacamanAFS/PR1 Mathiasen MotorsportsORECA LMP21:17.485
11115PF. Albuquerque / J. BarbosaMustang Sampling RacingCadillac DPi1:17.525
12122PS. Sharp / R. DalzielTequila Patron ESMNissan DPi1:17.679
131399PM. Goikhberg / S. SimpsonJDC-Miller MotorsportsORECA LMP21:18.067
1414GTLMO. Gavin / T. MilnerCorvette RacingChevrolet Corvette C7.R1:22.700
15266GTLMJ. Hand / D. MuellerFord Chip Ganassi RacingFord GT1:22.787
1633GTLMJ. Magnussen / A. GarciaCorvette RacingChevrolet Corvette C7.R1:22.806
17467GTLMR. Briscoe / R. WestbrookFord Chip Ganassi RacingFord GT1:22.850
18525GTLMA. Sims / C. De PhillippiBMW Team RLLBMW M8 GTE1:22.972
196911GTLMP. Pilet / N. TandyPorsche GT TeamPorsche 911 RSR1:22.990
207912GTLME. Bamber / L. VanthoorPorsche GT TeamPorsche 911 RSR1:23.140
21824GTLMJ. Krohn / J. EdwardsBMW Team RLLBMW M8 GTE1:23.527
22186GTDK. Legge / A. ParenteMeyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-AgajanianAcura NSX GT31:24.456
23248GTDB. Sellers / M. SnowPaul Miller RacingLamborghini Huracan GT31:24.595
24333GTDB. Keating / J. BleekemolenMercedes-AMG Team Riley MotorsportsMercedes-AMG GT31:24.644
25458GTDP. Long / C. NielsenWright MotorsportsPorsche 911 GT3 R1:24.871
26573GTDP. Lindsey / J. BergmeisterPark Place MotorsportsPorsche 911 GT3 R1:24.904
27614GTDD. Baumann / K. Marcelli3GT RacingLexus RC F GT31:25.010
28796GTDR. Foley / B. AuberlenTurner MotorsportBMW M6 GT31:25.034
29815GTDJ. Hawksworth, D. Heinemeier Hansson3GT RacingLexus RC F GT31:25.170
30963GTDC. MacNeil / G. JeannetteScuderia CorsaFerrari 488 GT31:25.404
311093GTDJ. Marks / L. AschenbachMeyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-AgajanianAcura NSX GT31:25.629
321164GTDF. Montecalvo / T. BellScuderia CorsaFerrari 488 GT31:26.107
331244GTDJ. Potter / A. LallyMagnus RacingAudi R8 LMS GT31:26.411
341351GTDF. Piovanetti / O. NegriSquadra Corse Garage ItaliaFerrari 488 GT31:27.731

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