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2020 6 Hours of Atlanta
Track map of Road Atlanta

The 2020 TireRack.com Grand Prix at Road Atlanta was a sports car race sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The race was held at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia on September 5th, 2020. This race was the sixth round of the 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the second round of the 2020 Michelin Endurance Cup.

The overall race was won by the #7 Acura Team Penske duo of Hélio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor. In LMP2, Scott Huffaker, Patrick Kelly, and Simon Trummer claimed PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports' second class victory of the season. BMW Team RLL triumphed in GTLM, scoring their second win in as many endurance races with Connor De Phillippi and Bruno Spengler behind the wheel. GTD was won by Meyer Shank Racing's #86 entry of Mario Farnbacher, Matt McMurry, and Shinya Michimi.[1]

Background

The race was brought about as a replacement to the annual 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, which was canceled in 2020 due to New York state COVID-19 travel and gathering restrictions.[2] In late August, Tire Rack was announced as the title sponsor of the event.[3] After fan entry was prohibited at the previous round at VIR, spectators were allowed to attend the event, albeit subject to strict COVID-19 restrictions, including a lack of paddock access and facemask mandates.[4]

On August 27, 2020, IMSA released their latest technical bulletin, outlining BoP for the race.[5] In DPi, the lone change was a 15 kilogram weight reduction for the Cadillac. Similarly in GTLM, a 20 kilogram weight increase for the Porsche was the only adjustment made. In GTD, the Aston Martin received a 7.1 kilowatt increase to its average power delta, alongside increases to its turbocharger boost ratio. Several GTD cars also underwent fuel capacity adjustments. The Aston Martin, BMW, and Ferrari all received slight increases, while the Lamborghini received a one liter fuel capacity decrease.

Entries

A total of 28 cars took part in the event, split across four classes. 8 were entered in DPi, 2 in LMP2, 6 in GTLM, and 12 in GTD. Due to the endurance nature of the event, many teams drafted in a third driver, with teams in the LMP2 and GTD classes obligated to do so. Tristan Vautier, after running the majority of the early season with JDC-Miller Motorsports' #85 entry, was entered as a third driver in the #5. As a result, Stephen Simpson returned to the #85 to partner Matheus Leist.[6] The preliminary LMP2 class list featured four entries, which reduced to two by the time the green flag dropped. Starworks Motorsport withdrew early, and were followed by Performance Tech Motorsports after travel restrictions prohibited driver Cameron Cassels from traveling to and from his native Canada.[7] In GTD, the third driver demands forced AIM Vasser Sullivan to split the championship-contending duo of Aaron Telitz and Jack Hawksworth, placing Telitz in the #12 and leaving Hawksworth in the #14.[8] GRT Grasser Racing Team also returned to IMSA competition, after most recently competing in the season-opening 24 Hours of Daytona. They fielded a Lamborghini for Richard Heistand, Steijn Schothorst, and Richard Westbrook.[6]

Qualifying

Hélio Castroneves took overall pole for the event. Patrick Kelly scored pole position in LMP2, while Nick Tandy started first in GTLM. Frankie Montecalvo claimed his second pole of the season in GTD.[9]

Qualifying results

Pole positions in each class are indicated in bold and by double-dagger.

Pos. Class No. Team Driver Time Gap Grid
1 DPi 7 Acura Team Penske Hélio Castroneves 1:08.674 _ 1double-dagger
2 DPi 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Felipe Nasr 1:08.730 +0.056 2
3 DPi 6 Acura Team Penske Dane Cameron 1:08.767 +0.093 3
4 DPi 77 Mazda Motorsports Tristan Nunez 1:08.916 +0.242 4
5 DPi 55 Mazda Motorsports Harry Tincknell 1:08.948 +0.274 5
6 DPi 5 Mustang Sampling Racing / JDC-Miller Motorsports Sébastien Bourdais 1:09.067 +0.393 6
7 DPi 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac Renger van der Zande 1:09.079 +0.405 7
8 DPi 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Matheus Leist 1:09.683 +1.009 8
9 LMP2 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Patrick Kelly 1:12.209 +3.535 9double-dagger
10 LMP2 18 Era Motorsport Dwight Merriman 1:15.490 +6.816 10
11 GTLM 911 Porsche GT Team Nick Tandy 1:16.167 +7.493 11double-dagger
12 GTLM 3 Corvette Racing Antonio García 1:16.181 +7.507 12
13 GTLM 4 Corvette Racing Tommy Milner 1:16.212 +7.538 13
14 GTLM 912 Porsche GT Team Laurens Vanthoor 1:16.245 +7.571 14
15 GTLM 25 BMW Team RLL Connor De Phillippi 1:16.253 +7.579 15
16 GTLM 24 BMW Team RLL Jesse Krohn 1:16.359 +7.685 16
17 GTD 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Frankie Montecalvo 1:19.757 +11.083 17double-dagger
18 GTD 48 Paul Miller Racing Madison Snow 1:19.907 +11.233 18
19 GTD 16 Wright Motorsports Jan Heylen 1:19.920 +11.246 19
20 GTD 86 Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Shinya Michimi 1:20.009 +11.335 20
21 GTD 11 GRT Grasser Racing Team Steijn Schothorst 1:20.125 +11.451 21
22 GTD 57 Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Curb-Agajanian Mikhail Goikhberg 1:20.364 +11.690 22
23 GTD 96 Turner Motorsport Robby Foley 1:20.469 +11.795 23
24 GTD 63 Scuderia Corsa Jeff Westphal 1:20.606 +11.932 24
25 GTD 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Michael de Quesada 1:20.615 +11.941 25
26 GTD 74 Riley Motorsports Gar Robinson 1:20.649 +11.975 26
27 GTD 23 Heart of Racing Team Ian James 1:20.828 +12.154 27
-- GTD 44 GRT Magnus Racing Team Did Not Participate --
Source:[10]

Results

Class winners are denoted in bold and double-dagger.

Pos Class No. Team Drivers Chassis Laps Time/Retired
Engine
1 DPi 7 United States Acura Team Penske Brazil Hélio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
Acura ARX-05 273 6:00:54.929double-dagger
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
2 DPi 55 Canada Mazda Motorsports United States Jonathan Bomarito
United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
Mazda RT24-P 273 +0.983
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0L Turbo I4
3 DPi 31 United States Whelen Engineering Racing Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
Brazil Pipo Derani
Brazil Felipe Nasr
Cadillac DPi-V.R 273 +2.067
Cadillac 5.5L V8
4 DPi 5 United States Mustang Sampling Racing / JDC-Miller Motorsports Portugal João Barbosa
France Sébastien Bourdais
France Tristan Vautier
Cadillac DPi-V.R 273 +3.442
Cadillac 5.5L V8
5 DPi 10 United States Konica Minolta Cadillac Australia Ryan Briscoe
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Cadillac DPi-V.R 273 +3.993
Cadillac 5.5L V8
6 DPi 6 United States Acura Team Penske United States Dane Cameron
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Acura ARX-05 265 Did Not Finish
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
7 LMP2 52 United States PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports United States Scott Huffaker
United States Patrick Kelly
Switzerland Simon Trummer
Oreca 07 264 +9 Lapsdouble-dagger
Gibson 4.2L GK428 V8
8 GTLM 25 United States BMW Team RLL United States Connor De Phillippi
Canada Bruno Spengler
BMW M8 GTE 254 +19 Lapsdouble-dagger
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
9 GTLM 4 United States Corvette Racing United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 254 +19 Laps
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
10 GTLM 24 United States BMW Team RLL United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
BMW M8 GTE 254 +19 Laps
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
11 GTLM 911 United States Porsche GT Team France Frédéric Makowiecki
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR-19 254 +19 Laps
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
12 GTLM 3 United States Corvette Racing Spain Antonio García
United States Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 254 +19 Laps
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
13 GTLM 912 United States Porsche GT Team New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR-19 252 +21 Laps
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
14 GTD 86 United States Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Matt McMurry
Japan Shinya Michimi
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 245 +28 Lapsdouble-dagger
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
15 GTD 48 United States Paul Miller Racing United States Corey Lewis
United States Bryan Sellers
United States Madison Snow
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 245 +28 Laps
Lamborghini 5.2L V10
16 GTD 16 United States Wright Motorsports United States Ryan Hardwick
Belgium Jan Heylen
United States Patrick Long
Porsche 911 GT3 R 245 +28 Laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
17 GTD 74 United States Riley Motorsports United States Lawson Aschenbach
United States Ben Keating
United States Gar Robinson
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 245 +28 Laps
Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2L V8
18 GTD 12 United States AIM Vasser Sullivan United States Townsend Bell
United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Aaron Telitz
Lexus RC F GT3 245 +28 Laps
Lexus 5.0L V8
19 GTD 23 United States Heart of Racing Team Canada Roman De Angelis
United Kingdom Ian James
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin Vantage GT3 245 +28 Laps
Aston Martin 4.0L Turbo V8
20 GTD 57 United States Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Curb-Agajanian Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
United States Trent Hindman
Portugal Álvaro Parente
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 244 +29 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
21 GTD 11 Austria GRT Grasser Racing Team United States Richard Heistand
Netherlands Steijn Schothorst
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 243 +30 Laps
Lamborghini 5.2L V10
22 GTD 63 United States Scuderia Corsa United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
United States Jeff Westphal
Ferrari 488 GT3 237 Did Not Finish
Ferrari F154CB 3.9L Turbo V8
23 LMP2 18 United States Era Motorsport United States Colin Braun
United Kingdom Kyle Tilley
United States Dwight Merriman
Oreca 07 232 +41 Laps
Gibson 4.2L GK428 V8
24 DPi 77 Canada Mazda Motorsports United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
France Olivier Pla
Mazda RT24-P 230 +43 Laps
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0L Turbo I4
25 GTD 14 United States AIM Vasser Sullivan United States Michael de Quesada
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
Canada Daniel Morad
Lexus RC F GT3 204 +69 Laps
Lexus 5.0L V8
26 GTD 96 United States Turner Motorsport United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
United States Dillon Machavern
BMW M6 GT3 182 Did Not Finish
BMW 4.4L Turbo V8
27 GTD 44 United States GRT Magnus Racing Team United States Andy Lally
United States John Potter
United States Spencer Pumpelly
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 166 Did Not Finish
Lamborghini 5.2L V10
28 DPi 85 United States JDC-Miller MotorSports Brazil Matheus Leist
South Africa Stephen Simpson
Cadillac DPi-V.R 54 Did Not Finish
Cadillac 5.5L V8
Source:[11]

References

  1. ^ "Action-Packed TireRack.com Grand Prix Highlights Michelin's Endurance". michelinracingusa.com. 5 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ "Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen race moved from Watkins Glen International to Atlanta". stargazette.com. 3 August 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ "Michelin to Serve as Title Sponsor for 6H Road Atlanta". sportscar365.com. 24 August 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "Michelin Endurance Challenge Weekend Race Week Is Here". motorsportamerica.com. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ "TB-IWSC-20-20-Road-Atlanta-1-BoP-Tables-08272020-Revised.pdf" (PDF). imsa.com. 27 August 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Entry List: TireRack.com Grand Prix". frontstretch.com. 3 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "Performance Tech Withdraws; Two LMP2s for Road Atlanta". sportscar365.com. 2 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ "IMSA Road Atlanta entry list features notable additions for 6-hour race". motorsports.nbcsports.com. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "Helio Castroneves Wins TireRack.com Grand Prix Pole". frontstretch.com. 4 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  10. ^ "03_Results_Qualifying.PDF" (PDF). results.imsa.com. Retrieved 2021.
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