IMSA at Road America: Acura Team Penske loses battle, still leads season standings08/06/2019
Acura Team Penske leads the IMSA DPi team standings by seven points with three races remaining. Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 6 have reached the podium in six consecutive races.
Dane Cameron very nearly picked up his fourth Road America victory Sunday, coming up just 0.227 second short behind race winner Harry Tincknell in the No. 55 Mazda Team Joest RT24-P. In fact, Cameron could have made a desperate move to take the win, but he settled for second with the big picture clear in his mind.
“There were a few little licks here and there, but it’s really difficult to pass here — especially at the end of the race — because it stayed green the whole time,” Cameron said while waiting to step onto the podium for the sixth consecutive race alongside co-driver Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi.
“There were a lot of marbles and things off line, so it kind of restricted where you could go in a few places, and the prototype cars are pretty aero-sensitive. In some places where I thought I was better, you’d get up close and you just wouldn’t be able to time the run with aero wash and you weren’t able quite to get there.
“It’s a bit disappointing, but obviously we’re racing for a championship and they’re not, so we have to kind of look after ourselves. I maybe could have nudged and leaned a bit harder if we just wanted to get a race win, but yeah, we’ve got a big picture to play for.”
For Mazda, the championship is out of reach, but a winning streak is keeping a hop in everyone’s step in the garages.
“Road America was just a flat-out race,” No. 55 Mazda driver Jonathan Bomarito said. “No cautions. It was managing traffic, managing rear tire wear, hitting fuel numbers and pushing like crazy the whole time, trying to keep pace with Penske. We had no AC in the car at one point, and it was super hot, very physical. Just a tough race. We really had to work for that one.”
Cameron and Montoya now lead No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R co-drivers Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani – who finished fourth on Sunday – by seven points, 239-232, heading into the next DPi race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Sept. 15.
In the team standings, the No. 7 Mazda is tied for third with the No. 55 Mazda, 17 points back of the leader.
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