2020 Monterey Grand Prix
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2020 Monterey Grand Prix

The 2020 Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship was a sports car race sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The race was held at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey County, California on November 1st, 2020. This race was the tenth round of the 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the seventh round of the WeatherTech Sprint Cup.

The overall race was won by Hélio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor, their fourth victory of the season. In LMP2, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports secured the class victory by default, as no other teams were entered. The GTLM class was won for the second consecutive race by Porsche, albeit this time with the #912 team of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor. In GTD, Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry scored their second victory of the season.[1]

Background

Initially scheduled to be run on September 13th, the event was rescheduled for the weekend of November 1st, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] The pandemic further forbade spectator attendance, with IMSA mandating empty stands in order to maintain compliance with California state gathering regulations.[3] In May, Hyundai was announced as the new title sponsor of the event.[4]

No changes were made to IMSA's balance of performance from the previous round at Road Atlanta.

Entries

A total of 28 cars took part in the event, split across four classes. 8 were entered in DPi, 1 in LMP2, 6 in GTLM, and 13 in GTD. DPi's only changes were between the two JDC entries. With João Barbosa's exit from the team, Tristan Vautier was drafted in to replace him. As a result, Stephen Simpson returned to the #85 to partner Matheus Leist.[5] LMP2 was reduced to just one entry due to a back injury sustained by Era Motorsport driver Dwight Merriman, leaving championship leaders PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports as the only entrant.[6] In GTD, Alessandro Balzan replaced Toni Vilander as Scuderia Corsa's pro driver.[6] Sprint competitors Team Hardpoint and Compass Racing also returned after skipping Petit Le Mans.[5]

Qualifying

Juan Pablo Montoya took overall pole for the event. Patrick Kelly secured the LMP2 pole by default, while Jordan Taylor started first in GTLM. In GTD, Matt McMurry scored pole position for Meyer Shank Racing.[7]

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 6 Acura Team Penske Juan Pablo Montoya 1:15.174 _ 1double-dagger
2 DPi 7 Acura Team Penske Hélio Castroneves 1:15.333 +0.159 2
3 DPi 77 Mazda Motorsports Oliver Jarvis 1:15.411 +0.237 3
4 DPi 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Pipo Derani 1:15.420 +0.246 4
5 DPi 5 Mustang Sampling Racing / JDC-Miller Motorsports Hélio Castroneves 1:15.461 +0.287 5
6 DPi 55 Mazda Motorsports Jonathan Bomarito 1:15.580 +0.406 6
7 DPi 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac Ryan Briscoe 1:15.729 +0.555 7
8 DPi 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Matheus Leist 1:15.852 +0.678 8
9 LMP2 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Patrick Kelly 1:19.598 +4.424 9double-dagger
10 GTLM 3 Corvette Racing Jordan Taylor 1:21.483 +6.309 10double-dagger
11 GTLM 912 Porsche GT Team Laurens Vanthoor 1:21.725 +6.551 11
12 GTLM 4 Corvette Racing Oliver Gavin 1:21.853 +6.679 12
13 GTLM 25 BMW Team RLL Bruno Spengler 1:22.054 +6.880 13
14 GTLM 24 BMW Team RLL Jesse Krohn 1:22.120 +6.946 14
15 GTD 86 Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Matt McMurry 1:25.126 +9.952 15double-dagger
16 GTD 96 Turner Motorsport Robby Foley 1:25.140 +9.966 16
17 GTD 63 Scuderia Corsa Cooper MacNeil 1:25.318 +10.144 17
18 GTD 57 Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Curb-Agajanian Mikhail Goikhberg 1:25.426 +10.252 18
19 GTD 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Frankie Montecalvo 1:25.475 +10.301 19
20 GTD 23 Heart of Racing Team Ian James 1:25.676 +10.502 20
21 GTD 76 Compass Racing Jeff Kingsley 1:25.826 +10.652 21
22 GTD 22 Gradient Racing Till Bechtolsheimer 1:26.012 +10.838 22
23 GTD 16 Wright Motorsports Ryan Hardwick 1:26.171 +10.997 23
24 GTD 44 GRT Magnus Racing Team John Potter 1:26.359 +11.185 24
25 GTD 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Aaron Telitz 1:26.404 +11.230 25
26 GTD 30 Team Hardpoint Rob Ferriol 1:26.791 +11.617 26
27 GTD 74 Riley Motorsports Gar Robinson 1:29.460 +14.286 27
28 GTLM 911 Porsche GT Team Frédéric Makowiecki 1:32.856 +17.682 28
Source:[8]

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-05 119 2:40:48.146double-dagger
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
2 DPi 6 United States Acura Team Penske United States Dane Cameron
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Acura ARX-05 119 +0.487
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
3 DPi 31 United States Whelen Engineering Racing Brazil Pipo Derani
Brazil Felipe Nasr
Cadillac DPi-V.R 119 +1.498
Cadillac 5.5L V8
4 DPi 55 Canada Mazda Motorsports United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
Mazda RT24-P 119 +3.344
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0L Turbo I4
5 DPi 77 Canada Mazda Motorsports United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
Mazda RT24-P 119 +4.095
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0L Turbo I4
6 DPi 10 United States Konica Minolta Cadillac Australia Ryan Briscoe
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Cadillac DPi-V.R 119 +22.411
Cadillac 5.5L V8
7 DPi 5 United States Mustang Sampling Racing / JDC-Miller Motorsports France Sébastien Bourdais
France Tristan Vautier
Cadillac DPi-V.R 118 +1 Lap
Cadillac 5.5L V8
8 DPi 85 United States JDC-Miller MotorSports Brazil Matheus Leist
South Africa Stephen Simpson
Cadillac DPi-V.R 116 +3 Laps
Cadillac 5.5L V8
9 GTLM 912 United States Porsche GT Team New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR-19 113 +6 Lapsdouble-dagger
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
10 GTLM 3 United States Corvette Racing Spain Antonio García
United States Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 113 +6 Laps
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
11 GTLM 911 United States Porsche GT Team France Frédéric Makowiecki
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR-19 112 +7 Laps
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
12 GTLM 24 United States BMW Team RLL United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
BMW M8 GTE 112 +7 Laps
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
13 GTLM 25 United States BMW Team RLL United States Connor De Phillippi
Canada Bruno Spengler
BMW M8 GTE 112 +7 Laps
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
14[a] GTLM 4 United States Corvette Racing United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 112 +7 Laps
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
15 GTD 86 United States Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Matt McMurry
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 108 +11 Lapsdouble-dagger
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
16 GTD 96 United States Turner Motorsport United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
BMW M6 GT3 108 +11 Laps
BMW 4.4L Turbo V8
17 GTD 57 United States Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Curb-Agajanian Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
Portugal Álvaro Parente
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 108 +11 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
18 GTD 23 United States Heart of Racing Team Canada Roman De Angelis
United Kingdom Ian James
Aston Martin Vantage GT3 108 +11 Laps
Aston Martin 4.0L Turbo V8
19 GTD 44 United States GRT Magnus Racing Team United States Andy Lally
United States John Potter
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 108 +11 Laps
Lamborghini 5.2L V10
20 GTD 16 United States Wright Motorsports United States Ryan Hardwick
United States Patrick Long
Porsche 911 GT3 R 108 +11 Laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
21 GTD 63 United States Scuderia Corsa Italy Alessandro Balzan
United States Cooper MacNeil
Ferrari 488 GT3 108 +11 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9L Turbo V8
22 GTD 12 United States AIM Vasser Sullivan United States Townsend Bell
United States Frankie Montecalvo
Lexus RC F GT3 107 +12 Laps
Lexus 5.0L V8
23 GTD 74 United States Riley Motorsports United States Lawson Aschenbach
United States Gar Robinson
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 107 +12 Laps
Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2L V8
24 GTD 30 United States Team Hardpoint United States Rob Ferriol
United States Spencer Pumpelly
Audi R8 LMS Evo 107 +12 Laps
Audi 5.2L V10
25 GTD 14 United States AIM Vasser Sullivan United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
United States Aaron Telitz
Lexus RC F GT3 107 +12 Laps
Lexus 5.0L V8
26 GTD 22 United States Gradient Racing United Kingdom Till Bechtolsheimer
United States Marc Miller
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 106 +13 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
27 GTD 76 United States Compass Racing United States Paul Holton
Canada Jeff Kingsley
McLaren 720S GT3 83 Did Not Finish
McLaren M840T 4.0L Turbo V8
28 LMP2 52 United States PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports United States Patrick Kelly
Switzerland Simon Trummer
Oreca 07 67 Did Not Finishdouble-dagger
Gibson 4.2L GK428 V8
Source:[10]
  1. ^ The no. 4 Corvette Racing entry was moved to the rear of the GTLM classification for violating competition rules regarding the height of the car's rear diffuser.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Laguna Seca IMSA: Taylor and Castroneves profit from team orders to win". autosport.com. 2 November 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ "IMSA Announces Date Changes for Three 2020 WeatherTech Championship Event Weekends". imsa.com. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ "Laguna IMSA race to run without spectators". racer.com. 11 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to Host Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship". imsa.com. 28 May 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Entry List: WeatherTech Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship". frontstretch.com. 28 October 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Single LMP2 Car on Laguna Seca Entry List". sportscar365.com. 21 October 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ "IMSA Laguna Seca: Acuras lock out front row, Corvette tops GTLM". motorsport.com. 1 November 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ "03_Results_Qualifying.PDF" (PDF). results.imsa.com. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "Garcia, Taylor win title after penalty for sister Corvette". 1 November 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  10. ^ "03_Results_Race_Official.PDF" (PDF). November 2020. Retrieved 2021.

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