Montoya Maintains Acura’s Speed in Second Road America Practice

The Team Penske paring of Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya dominated IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice on Friday at Road America with Montoya backing up Cameron’s earlier speed with the fastest lap in the afternoon outing.

While not the fastest lap of the day, Montoya’s 1:50.256 in the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 bested the DPi class by 0.028 seconds. Ricky Taylor was second fastest in the sister No. 7 Acura DPi machine, giving Penske a sweep of the top two positions.

Mazda Team Joest achieved a similar feat, albeit in the third and fourth positions, as it joined fellow Japanese manufacturer Acura near the top of the overall timesheet with Oliver Jarvis and Harry Tincknell producing the fastest laps in the Mazda RT24-Ps.

The lone Ligier Nissan DPi — and only other Japanese prototype — in the field completed the class’ top five at the hands of Colin Braun while positions six through 10 were occupied by five Cadillacs, led by Action Express Racing in sixth and seventh with drivers Pipo Derani and Joao Barbosa. JDC-Miller Motorsports’ two cars brought up the rear of the 10-car class, separated from the Action Express cars by Wayne Taylor Racing’s Renger van der Zande in seventh.

PR1 Mathiasen Tops LMP2

Led by Matt McMurry in the No. 52 PR1 Mathisen Motorsports ORECA 07, the order of the two LMP2 cars swapped from Practice 1 to Practice 2 but the gap between the two was nearly halved.

McMurry’s 1:52.792 was 0.746 seconds quicker than James French’s best effort in the Performance Tech Motorsports car, putting the two 0.458 seconds closer in the afternoon session than they were in the morning.

Bamber Denies Ford Sweep

Like DPi, lap times for GT Le Mans competitors were slower in Practice 2 than in the day’s first session yet Porsche remained on top thanks to a last-lap effort by Earl Bamber in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR.

Bamber’s chart-topping 2:02.489 came on his 26th and final lap of the 4-mile circuit, bumping Ryan Briscoe from the top spot by 0.074 seconds. Briscoe and teammate Dirk Mueller had strong laps in their Ford GTs and ended the session placed second and third, both within 0.2 seconds of Bamber’s lap after holding the top two spots as the checkered flag neared.

Earl Bamber exits Road America Turn 5
Porsche was the best of the four GTLM marques to begin the Road America event. | Photo: Aaron Durant / The Apex

The top five was completed by Corvette and Porsche cars driven by Jan Magnussen and Nick respectively while Tommy Milner, Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn brought up the rear of the eight-car class.

Hawksworth Fastest in GTD

With a lap nearly one second quicker than the best Practice 1 effort from Jeroen Bleekemolen, Jack Hawksworth claimed ownership of GT Daytona’s top time in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3.

Clear of second-fastest Corey Lewis by 0.447 seconds, Hawksworth’s lap came early in the hourlong session and stood as the benchmark until the checkered flag. Behind Lewis and Paul Miller Racing’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3, Ben Keating, Bill Auberlen and Trent Hindman completed the GTD top five in Mercedes-AMG, BMW and Acura machinery.

The series will be back on track Saturday morning for Practice 3 at 8:55 a.m. CDT. Qualifying for all four classes follows at 12:35 p.m. with live coverage on IMSA.tv.

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