2020 TireRack.com Grand Prix at Road Atlanta

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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.

Track map of Road Atlanta

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]

BackgroundEdit

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.

EntriesEdit

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]

QualifyingEdit

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 resultsEdit

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

Pos. Class No. Team Driver Time Gap Grid
1 DPi 7 Acura Team Penske Hélio Castroneves 1:08.674 _ 1 
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 9 
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 11 
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 17 
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]

ResultsEdit

Class winners are denoted in bold and  .

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

ReferencesEdit

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