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2019 Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio

BackgroundEdit

This event marks the inaugural event of a new support championship for the GT Daytona (GTD) class called the WeatherTech Sprint Cup. It is a championship of all the non-endurance events in the GTD calendar, using the same scoring system as the overall full-time championship, unlike its sister support championship, the Michelin Endurance Cup.

Two and a half weeks prior to the event, Ford announced they would end their factory program with Chip Ganassi Racing in the GTLM class in both the World Endurance Championship and the WeatherTech championship at the end of 2019.[1]

On April 24th, 2019, IMSA released a technical bulletin regarding the Balance of Performance for the race. There were no changes made to either the DPi or GT Le Mans classes. In GTD, the Lamborghini Huracán GT3, which had been victorious in the previous two rounds at Daytona and Sebring, received a 30 kilogram weight increase and a 1-liter reduction in fuel capacity. In contrast, the Audi R8 LMS and Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars were given weight reductions of 25 and 20 kilograms, respectively. The McLaren 720S GT3 received its baseline weight of 1320 kilograms and RPM of 8,000 for its first IMSA event. [2]

EntriesEdit

On April 24th, 2019, the entry list for the event was released, featuring a total of 36 cars. There are scheduled to be 11 cars in the leading Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class, two in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class, eight entries in GT Le Mans (GTLM), and 15 entries in the GTD class.[3]

There were some considerable additions and changes among the field. Lone Star Racing returned to IMSA competition in the GTD class, having previously participated at Laguna Seca in 2017. Starworks Motorsport driver Parker Chase, who had previously only been on contract for the endurance events, would sign an agreement to run the full season with Starworks in 2019, alongside the existing full-season driver Ryan Dalziel.[4] The biggest addition to the entry list, however, was Compass Racing, who would field a new McLaren 720S GT3 with factory backing in the full Sprint Cup-only campaign for the season. Their drivers were McLaren factory driver Paul Holton and Matt Plumb. On April 19th, 2019, McLaren Automotive signed a multi-year agreement with IMSA in which they officially became an automotive partner of the International Motor Sports Association.[5][6]

After initially confirming full-season programs, GTD teams Precision Performance Motorsports and P1 Motorsports would not return for Mid-Ohio, with the latter pulling the plug on using their Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars in championships.

Due to scheduling conflicts for full-season drivers Gabriel Aubry, Patrick Lindsey and Harry Tincknell, who were at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the FIA World Endurance Championship, drivers Eric Lux, Marco Seefried and Ryan Hunter-Reay respectively would replace these drivers for the Mid-Ohio event.[7]

Practice and qualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pole positions in each class are indicated in bold and by  .

Pos. Class No. Team Driver Time Gap Grid
1 DPi 77 Mazda Team Joest Oliver Jarvis 1:10.705 _ 1 
2 DPi 7 Acura Team Penske Hélio Castroneves 1:10.727 +0.022 2
3 DPi 6 Acura Team Penske Dane Cameron 1:10.806 +0.101 3
4 DPi 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Pipo Derani 1:11.720 +1.016 4
5 DPi 5 Mustang Sampling Racing João Barbosa 1:12.320 +1.615 5
6 DPi 55 Mazda Team Joest Ryan Hunter-Reay 1:12.326 +1.621 6
7 DPi 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac Renger van der Zande 1:12.525 +1.820 7
8 DPi 84 JDC-Miller Motorsports Simon Trummer 1:12.595 +1.890 8
9 DPi 50 Juncos Racing Will Owen 1:13.394 +2.689 9
10 DPi 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Misha Goikhberg 1:13.570 +2.865 10
11 LMP2 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Kyle Masson 1:14.877 +4.172 11 
12 DPi 54 CORE Autosport Jonathan Bennett 1:17.321 +6.616 12
13 GTLM 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Sebastien Bourdais 1:19.124 +8.419 13 
14 GTLM 912 Porsche GT Team Laurens Vanthoor 1:19.399 +8.694 14
15 GTLM 24 BMW Team RLL Jesse Krohn 1:19.623 +8.918 15
16 GTLM 4 Corvette Racing Tommy Milner 1:19.721 +9.016 16
17 GTLM 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA Ryan Briscoe 1:19.724 +9.019 17
18 GTLM 25 BMW Team RLL Connor De Phillippi 1:19.893 +9.188 18
19 GTLM 3 Corvette Racing Jan Magnussen 1:19.919 +9.214 19
20 GTLM 911 Porsche GT Team Patrick Pilet 1:20.026 +9.321 20
21 LMP2 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Eric Lux 1:21.752 +11.047 21
22 GTD 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Richard Heistand 1:24.281 +13.576 22 
23 GTD 33 Riley Motorsports – Team AMG Ben Keating 1:26.109 +15.404 23
24 GTD 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Frankie Montecalvo 1:26.451 +15.746 24
25 GTD 19 Moorespeed Will Hardeman 1:26.951 +16.246 25
26 GTD 9 Pfaff Motorsports Zach Robichon 1:27.113 +16.408 26
27 GTD 96 Turner Motorsport Robby Foley 1:27.152 +16.447 27
28 GTD 48 Paul Miller Racing Ryan Hardwick 1:27.300 +16.595 28
29 GTD 76 Compass Racing Matt Plumb 1:27.657 +16.952 29
30 GTD 86 Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Trent Hindman 1:27.725 +17.020 30
31 GTD 8 Starworks Motorsport Parker Chase 1:27.753 +17.048 31
32 GTD 63 Scuderia Corsa Cooper MacNeil 1:27.777 +17.072 32
33 GTD 74 Lone Star Racing Gar Robinson 1:30.778 +20.073 33
34 GTD 44 Magnus Racing John Potter 1:31.124 +20.419 34
35 GTD 57 Heinricher Racing with Meyer-Shank Christina Nielsen 1:31.851 +21.146 35
36 GTD 73 Park Place Motorsports None None N/A 36
Source:[8]

ResultsEdit

Class winners are denoted in bold and  .

Pos Class No. Team Drivers Chassis Laps Time/Retired
Engine
1 DPi 6   Acura Team Penske   Dane Cameron
  Juan Pablo Montoya
Acura ARX-05 123 2:41:05.736 
Acura AR35TT 3.5 L Turbo V6
2 DPi 77   Mazda Team Joest   Oliver Jarvis
  Tristan Nunez
Mazda RT24-P 123 +2.022
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0 L Turbo I4
3 DPi 55   Mazda Team Joest   Jonathan Bomarito
  Ryan Hunter-Reay
Mazda RT24-P 123 +30.050
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0 L Turbo I4
4 DPi 31   Whelen Engineering Racing   Pipo Derani
  Felipe Nasr
Cadillac DPi-V.R 123 +39.114
Cadillac 5.5 L V8
5 DPi 7   Acura Team Penske   Hélio Castroneves
  Ricky Taylor
Acura ARX-05 122 +1 Lap
Acura AR35TT 3.5 L Turbo V6
6 DPi 10   Konica Minolta Cadillac   Jordan Taylor
  Renger van der Zande
Cadillac DPi-V.R 122 +1 Lap
Cadillac 5.5 L V8
7 DPi 84   JDC-Miller Motorsports   Stephen Simpson
  Simon Trummer
Cadillac DPi-V.R 122 +1 Lap
Cadillac 5.5 L V8
8 DPi 5   Mustang Sampling Racing   Filipe Albuquerque
  João Barbosa
Cadillac DPi-V.R 122 +1 Lap
Cadillac 5.5 L V8
9 DPi 50   Juncos Racing   Kyle Kaiser
  Will Owen
Cadillac DPi-V.R 122 +1 Lap
Cadillac 5.5 L V8
10 DPi 85   JDC-Miller Motorsports   Misha Goikhberg
  Tristan Vautier
Cadillac DPi-V.R 122 +1 Lap
Cadillac 5.5 L V8
11 LMP2 52   PR1/ Mathiasen Motorsports   Eric Lux
  Matt McMurry
Oreca 07 116 +7 Laps 
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
12 GTLM 912   Porsche GT Team   Earl Bamber
  Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR 116 +7 Laps 
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
13 GTLM 3   Corvette Racing   Antonio García
  Jan Magnussen
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 116 +7 Laps
Chevrolet LT5.5 5.5 L V8
14 GTLM 911   Porsche GT Team   Patrick Pilet
  Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR 116 +7 Laps
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
15 GTLM 25   BMW Team RLL   Tom Blomqvist
  Connor De Phillippi
BMW M8 GTE 116 +7 Laps
BMW S63 4.0 L Twin-turbo V8
16 GTLM 67   Ford Chip Ganassi Racing   Ryan Briscoe
  Richard Westbrook
Ford GT 116 +7 Laps
Ford EcoBoost 3.5 L Turbo V6
17 GTLM 24   BMW Team RLL   John Edwards
  Jesse Krohn
BMW M8 GTE 116 +7 Laps
BMW S63 4.0 L Twin-turbo V8
18 GTLM 66   Ford Chip Ganassi Racing   Sébastien Bourdais
  Dirk Müller
Ford GT 115 +8 Laps 
Ford EcoBoost 3.5 L Turbo V6
19 GTD 14   AIM Vasser Sullivan   Jack Hawksworth
  Richard Heistand
Lexus RC F GT3 114 +9 Laps 
Lexus 5.0 L V8
20 GTD 86   Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian   Mario Farnbacher
  Trent Hindman
Acura NSX GT3 114 +9 Laps
Acura 3.5 L Turbo V6
21 GTD 48   Paul Miller Racing   Ryan Hardwick
  Bryan Sellers
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 113 +10 Laps
Lamborghini 5.2 L V10
22 GTD 73   Park Place Motorsports   Patrick Long
  Marco Seefried
Porsche 911 GT3 R 113 +10 Laps
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
23 GTD 12   AIM Vasser Sullivan   Townsend Bell
  Frankie Montecalvo
Lexus RC F GT3 113 +10 Laps
Lexus 5.0 L V8
24 GTD 19   Moorespeed   Will Hardeman
  Alex Riberas
Audi R8 LMS GT3 123 +10 Laps
Audi 5.2 L V10
25 GTD 63   Scuderia Corsa   Cooper MacNeil
  Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GT3 122 +11 Laps
Ferrari F154 3.9 L Turbo V8
26 GTD 44   Magnus Racing   Andy Lally
  John Potter
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 112 +11 Laps
Lamborghini 5.2 L V10
27 GTD 8   Starworks Motorsport   Parker Chase
  Ryan Dalziel
Audi R8 LMS GT3 112 +11 Laps
Audi 5.2 L V10
28 GTD 57   Heinricher Racing w/Meyer Shank Racing   Katherine Legge
  Christina Nielsen
Acura NSX GT3 112 +11 Laps
Acura 3.5 L Turbo V6
29 GTD 74   Lone Star Racing   Lawson Aschenbach
  Gar Robinson
Mercedes-AMG GT3 112 +11 Laps
Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2 L V8
30 GTD 9   Pfaff Motorsports   Scott Hargrove
  Zacharie Robichon
Porsche 911 GT3 R 107 Did Not Finish
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
31 GTLM 4   Corvette Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 105 +18 Laps
Chevrolet LT5.5 5.5 L V8
32 DPi 54   CORE Autosport   Jon Bennett
  Colin Braun
Nissan DPi 97 Did Not Finish
Nissan VR38DETT 3.8 L Turbo V6
33 GTD 76   Compass Racing   Paul Holton
  Matt Plumb
McLaren 720S GT3 82 +41 Laps
McLaren M480T 4.0 L Twin-turbo V8
34 LMP2 38   Performance Tech Motorsports   Cameron Cassels
  Kyle Masson
Oreca 07 82 +41 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
35 GTD 33   Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports   Jeroen Bleekemolen
  Ben Keating
Mercedes-AMG GT3 34 Did Not Finish
Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2 L V8
36 GTD 96   Turner Motorsport   Bill Auberlen
  Robby Foley
BMW M6 GT3 1 Did Not Finish
BMW 4.4 L Turbo V8
Box Score

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dagys, John (18 April 2019). "Ford Confirms End of Factory GT Program". sportscar365.com. John Dagys Media. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  2. ^ IMSA Competition (24 April 2019). "IMSA TECHNICAL BULLETIN IWSC #19-23" (PDF). Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  3. ^ Dagys, John (24 April 2019). "Lone Star Returns; 36 Entries for Mid-Ohio in Sprint Cup Debut". sportscar365.com. John Dagys Media. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  4. ^ Malsher, David (22 April 2019). "Chase confirmed at Starworks for remainder of 2019". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  5. ^ Malsher, David (19 April 2019). "McLaren confirms multi-year deal with IMSA". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  6. ^ Dagys, John (19 April 2019). "McLaren Confirms Multi-Year Deal With IMSA". sportscar365.com. John Dagys Media. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  7. ^ Dagys, John (26 April 2019). "Hunter-Reay to Sub for Tincknell at Mid-Ohio". sportscar365.com. John Dagys Media. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  8. ^ "05/06 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge--03 Results Qualifying" (PDF). 5 May 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.

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