The majority of the second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice in Daytona this year was paced by the lone Nissan Onroak DPi in the field but the 55-minute session ended with a different Japanese manufacturer represented at the top.
- Results: 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona Practice 2
Before handing the reigns of CORE autosport’s new Nissan-powered prototype to Loic Duval, full-season driver Colin Braun turned in a 1:35.538 lap of the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course to put the former LMP2 team ahead of its competitors.
Though Ricky Taylor and the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 came within 0.001 seconds of Braun’s pace, it was Jonathan Bomarito and Filipe Albuquerque of Mazda Team Joest and Action Express Racing that would overcome the CORE car.
At 1:34.672, Bomarito and the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P climbed to the top with the first — and only — time under 1:35 of the event through two practices.
More than seven-tenths of a second back, Albuquerque placed second in the fastest of the two Action Express Cadillac DPis. The aforementioned lap from Braun was good enough for third, 0.866 seconds back from the pace of the leading Mazda.
With Taylor’s time in the No. 7 Acura DPi falling from second to fourth, Agustin Canapino was fifth in Juncos Racing’s Cadillac, matching the car’s position from Practice 1. This group of five was covered by 0.878 seconds while Felipe Nasr’s best lap in the No. 31 Cadillac, good enough for sixth, was the first lap more than a second off Bomarito’s best.
A wet track surface during the weekend’s opening practice session led to a scrambled overall results sheet, which was corrected in Practice 2: All 11 DPi entries rose to fill the top 11 positions among the 47-car field.
DragonSpeed Leads LMP2 Quartet
The four cars competing in the WeatherTech Championship’s new LMP2 division slotted in below the 11 DPis on the overall results, led by the No. 81 ORECA 07.
James Allen sped around the circuit with a time of 1:37.255 on his best lap in the DragonSpeed-entered machine to lead PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports’ entry by 0.257 seconds.
The second DragonSpeed car and Performance Tech Motorsports’ ORECA placed third and fourth, a further 0.716 and 1.556 seconds back.
Porsche Leads Varied Top Five
Only BMW missed out on featuring in the top five GT Le Mans positions during this second Rolex 24 practice with Porsche leading representatives from Corvette, Ford and Ferrari at the top.
Nick Tandy and the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR led the way at 1:43.475, followed closely by Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette Racing entry. Ryan Briscoe was within 0.2 seconds in the No. 67 Ford GT.
Davide Rigon added Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 488 GTE to the mix with a best lap within 0.003 seconds of Briscoe and 0.283 of Tandy. Dirk Mueller competed the top five in the second Chip Ganassi Racing Ford.
The BMW Team RLL duo landed eighth and ninth in the nine-car field.
Spirit of Race Fastest in GTD
Daniel Serra put the No. 51 Ferrari 488 GT3 from Spirit of Racing atop the GT Daytona running order and gapped Trent Hindman by 0.248 seconds in the process.
Hindman, sharing the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 with Mario Farnbacher, Justin Marks and AJ Allmendinger, was followed by Ben Keating, Robby Foley and Marcos Gomes in the top five.
Driving for Turner Motorsport and Via Italia Racing, Foley and Gomes turned identical lap times to round out the five-car group, which was split by just 0.359 seconds.
Daniel Morad of Montapast by Land-Motorsport landed 15th in the team’s Audi R8 LMS GT3 and, at 0.999 seconds back, was the final driver to come within a second of the leading GTD lap.
With two practice outings compete, qualifying for the 24-hour race is next on Thursday. The GTD field will qualify first, beginning at 3:35 p.m. EST. GTLM and a combined DPi/LMP2 session will follow and the day will conclude with a night practice outing beginning at 7 p.m.