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2020 Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio

The 2020 Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio was a sports car race sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The race was held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on September 27th, 2020. This race was the sixth round of the 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the fifth round of the 2020 WeatherTech Sprint Cup.

Hélio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor claimed their third consecutive overall victory for Acura Team Penske, while Antonio García and Jordan Taylor were crowned victors in GTLM for the fourth time that season. In GTD, Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz of AIM Vasser Sullivan similarly scored their third class victory of the season.[1]

Background

The event was one of the first postponed by IMSA as a result of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, with the organization citing CDC regulations on public gatherings as the official cause of postponement.[2] A tentative reschedule for the weekend of September 27th followed shortly thereafter, which became the finalized date on which the race was held.[3] As with most events on the 2020 calendar, the race was held with a limited number of spectators in accordance with Ohio Department of Health guidelines. A maximum of 6,000 spectators were permitted, facemasks were required, temperature checks were instituted, and paddock access was restricted.[4] Acura Team Penske duo Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya entered the race as defending champions.[5]

On September 11, 2020, IMSA released their latest technical bulletin outlining BoP for the race.[6] The DPi class featured changes to fuel capacity, as the Cadillac and Mazda received three liter fuel capacity increases. No changes were made to GTLM competitors. In GTD, the Acura received a decreased fuel capacity of one liter, while the Porsche and Lexus received increases of one and two liters respectively. The Aston Martin also received a 30 kilogram weight decrease.

Entries

A total of 24 cars took part in the event, split across three classes. 8 were entered in DPi, 4 in GTLM, and 12 in GTD.[7] JDC-Miller Motorsports' driver lineup once again shuffled, as Matheus Leist and Stephen Simpson were replaced by Tristan Vautier and Gabriel Aubry. Porsche's factory GTLM effort was sidelined at Mid-Ohio after positive COVID-19 tests within the team's 24 Hours of Le Mans camp, which had competed the previous weekend with much of their IMSA cohort in attendance. As a result, the already anemic GTLM class was further reduced to just four competitors.[8] GTD featured a late withdrawal of the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari, as driver Cooper MacNeil was competing in both Ferrari Challenge and IMSA competition, and was leading the championship of the former. The Ferrari Challenge was racing at Laguna Seca, so MacNeil's IMSA entry was pulled from the Mid-Ohio race.[7]

Qualifying

Dane Cameron took overall pole for the event. Jordan Taylor started first in GTLM, while Aaron Telitz was quickest 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 6 Acura Team Penske Dane Cameron 1:10.839 _ 1double-dagger
2 DPi 7 Acura Team Penske Hélio Castroneves 1:10.855 +0.016 2
3 DPi 55 Mazda Motorsports Jonathan Bomarito 1:11.004 +0.165 3
4 DPi 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Pipo Derani 1:11.067 +0.228 4
5 DPi 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac Ryan Briscoe 1:11.271 +0.432 5
6 DPi 77 Mazda Motorsports Oliver Jarvis 1:11.365 +0.526 6
7 DPi 5 Mustang Sampling Racing / JDC-Miller Motorsports Sébastien Bourdais 1:11.382 +0.543 7
8 DPi 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Gabriel Aubry 1:12.081 +1.242 8
9 GTLM 3 Corvette Racing Jordan Taylor 1:17.985 +7.146 9double-dagger
10 GTLM 24 BMW Team RLL Jesse Krohn 1:18.361 +7.522 10
11 GTLM 4 Corvette Racing Oliver Gavin 1:18.448 +7.609 11
12 GTLM 25 BMW Team RLL Bruno Spengler 1:18.515 +7.676 15
13 GTD 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Aaron Telitz 1:20.974 +10.135 13double-dagger
14 GTD 86 Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Matt McMurry 1:21.089 +10.250 14
15 GTD 57 Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Curb-Agajanian Mikhail Goikhberg 1:21.196 +10.357 15
16 GTD 76 Compass Racing Corey Fergus 1:21.302 +10.463 16
17 GTD 96 Turner Motorsport Robby Foley 1:21.364 +10.525 17
18 GTD 23 Heart of Racing Team Ian James 1:21.431 +10.592 18
19 GTD 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Frankie Montecalvo 1:21.442 +10.603 19
20 GTD 16 Wright Motorsports Ryan Hardwick 1:21.659 +10.820 20
21 GTD 22 Gradient Racing Till Bechtolsheimer 1:22.189 +11.350 21
22 GTD 74 Riley Motorsports Gar Robinson 1:22.254 +11.415 22
23 GTD 44 GRT Magnus Racing Team John Potter 1:22.388 +11.549 23
24 GTD 30 Team Hardpoint Rob Ferriol 1:22.855 +12.016 24
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-05 115 2:40:07.918double-dagger
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
2 DPi 31 United States Whelen Engineering Racing Brazil Pipo Derani
Brazil Felipe Nasr
Cadillac DPi-V.R 115 +0.607
Cadillac 5.5L V8
3 DPi 10 United States Konica Minolta Cadillac Australia Ryan Briscoe
Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Cadillac DPi-V.R 115 +15.861
Cadillac 5.5L V8
4 DPi 55 Canada Mazda Motorsports United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
Mazda RT24-P 115 +16.433
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 115 +20.646
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0L Turbo I4
6 DPi 5 United States Mustang Sampling Racing / JDC-Miller Motorsports Portugal João Barbosa
France Sébastien Bourdais
Cadillac DPi-V.R 115 +24.257
Cadillac 5.5L V8
7 DPi 6 United States Acura Team Penske United States Dane Cameron
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Acura ARX-05 112 Did Not Finish
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
8 GTLM 3 United States Corvette Racing Spain Antonio García
United States Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 110 +5 Lapsdouble-dagger
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
9 GTLM 4 United States Corvette Racing United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 110 +5 Laps
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
10 GTLM 25 United States BMW Team RLL United States Connor De Phillippi
Canada Bruno Spengler
BMW M8 GTE 110 +5 Laps
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
11 GTLM 24 United States BMW Team RLL United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
BMW M8 GTE 110 +5 Laps
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
12 GTD 14 United States AIM Vasser Sullivan United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
United States Aaron Telitz
Lexus RC F GT3 108 +7 Lapsdouble-dagger
Lexus 5.0L V8
13 GTD 74 United States Riley Motorsports United States Lawson Aschenbach
United States Gar Robinson
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 108 +7 Laps
Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2L V8
14 GTD 16 United States Wright Motorsports United States Ryan Hardwick
United States Patrick Long
Porsche 911 GT3 R 108 +7 Laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
15 GTD 23 United States Heart of Racing Team Canada Roman De Angelis
United Kingdom Ian James
Aston Martin Vantage GT3 108 +7 Laps
Aston Martin 4.0L Turbo V8
16 GTD 86 United States Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Matt McMurry
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 108 +7 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
17 GTD 57 United States Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Curb-Agajanian Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
Portugal Álvaro Parente
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 108 +7 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
18 GTD 44 United States GRT Magnus Racing Team United States Andy Lally
United States John Potter
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 108 +7 Laps
Lamborghini 5.2L V10
19 GTD 76 United States Compass Racing United States Corey Fergus
United States Paul Holton
McLaren 720S GT3 108 +7 Laps
McLaren M840T 4.0L Turbo V8
20 GTD 22 United States Gradient Racing United Kingdom Till Bechtolsheimer
United States Marc Miller
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 107 +8 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
21 GTD 12 United States AIM Vasser Sullivan United States Townsend Bell
United States Frankie Montecalvo
Lexus RC F GT3 87 +28 Laps
Lexus 5.0L V8
22 DPi 85 United States JDC-Miller MotorSports France Gabriel Aubry
France Tristan Vautier
Cadillac DPi-V.R 86 Did Not Finish
Cadillac 5.5L V8
23 GTD 96 United States Turner Motorsport United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
BMW M6 GT3 83 +32 Laps
BMW 4.4L Turbo V8
24 GTD 30 United States Team Hardpoint United States Rob Ferriol
United States Spencer Pumpelly
Audi R8 LMS Evo 60 Did Not Finish
Audi 5.2L V10
Source:[11]

References

  1. ^ "IMSA Mid-Ohio: Castroneves, Taylor score third straight win for Acura". autosport.com. 27 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ "IMSA Update on the 2020 Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio". imsa.com. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ "2020 Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Reschedule Update". midohio.com. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "Mid-Ohio to Permit Up to 6,000 Spectators". sportscar365.com. 17 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ "Acura Sports Car Challenge Fact Sheet". midohio.com. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "TB-IWSC-20-22-DPi-and-GTD-BoP-Tables-Mid-Ohio-09112020.pdf" (PDF). imsa.com. 11 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Entry List: Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio". frontstretch.com. 22 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ "Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives". motorsports.nbcsports.com. 22 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "Cameron takes IMSA Mid-Ohio pole for Acura". racer.com. 27 September 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  10. ^ "03_Results_Qualifying.PDF" (PDF). results.imsa.com. Retrieved 2021.
  11. ^ "03_Results_Race_Official.PDF" (PDF). October 2020. Retrieved 2021.

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