2020 IMSA SportsCar Weekend

The 2020 IMSA SportsCar Weekend was a sports car race sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The race was held at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 2nd, 2020. This race was the fourth round of the 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the third round of the 2020 WeatherTech Sprint Cup.

Track map of Road America

After a 21-minute weather-induced red flag sandwiched between 22 minutes of full-course caution, the race was won by the #7 team of Hélio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor, while the LMP2 class victory was taken by the DragonSpeed entry of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley. The GTLM class was won by Antonio García and Jordan Taylor of Corvette Racing, the team's third consecutive victory. AIM Vasser Sullivan also claimed their third consecutive victory, as Frankie Montecalvo and Townsend Bell scored their first class victory of the season.[1]

BackgroundEdit

The race was the third for the series after returning from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first besides the Rolex 24 which was included on the series' initial pre-pandemic schedule. Fans were allowed to be present at the event, but the garage area was restricted to essential team personnel, when it's typically open to fans.[2] The Mazda duo of Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell entered the race as defending champions.[2]

On July 24, 2020, IMSA released the latest technical bulletin, highlighting the BoP for the race.[3] In DPi, the Acura ARX-05 and Mazda RT24-P received weight reductions, while the Cadillac DPi-V.R and Mazda also received reductions in fuel capacity. The Acura also received a boost increase. In GTLM, the BMW M8 GTE received a slight weight decrease and a horsepower increase, while all cars received a fuel capacity increase. The BMW also received a slight boost increase. In GTD, all cars received a fuel capacity increase, and the Ferrari saw a boost decrease. The Audi and Lamborghini saw minor horsepower increases, while the Ferrari and Lexus received almost equivalent decreases. The restrictor diameter on the Lexus was also reduced, while it was increased on the Audi and Lamborghini.

EntriesEdit

A total of 31 cars took part in the event, split across four classes. 8 were entered in DPi, 4 in LMP2, 6 in GTLM, and 13 in GTD. In DPi, the only change from the previous event was the return of Chris Miller to the JDC-Miller Motorsports #85 after being replaced by Stephen Simpson at Sebring.[4] Simon Trummer returned in the LMP2 class after being forced to miss the previous round due to travel restrictions. The #8 Tower Motorsport by Starworks car withdrew late in the buildup to the event.[5] GTD saw the largest difference from the previous round, as Meyer Shank Racing returned with their two entries after skipping the Sebring round.[5] Heart of Racing Team also returned for the first time since the season-opening race.[4] GEAR Racing, who had previously announced their intentions to enter the event, were not on the final entry list.[4]

QualifyingEdit

Ricky Taylor claimed overall pole for the event for Acura Team Penske. Patrick Kelly started first in LMP2, while Laurens Vanthoor scored pole in GTLM. Aaron Telitz took pole position in GTD.[6]

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 Ricky Taylor 1:49.061 _ 1 
2 DPi 6 Acura Team Penske Dane Cameron 1:49.379 +0.318 2
3 DPi 55 Mazda Motorsports Harry Tincknell 1:49.607 +0.546 3
4 DPi 77 Mazda Motorsports Tristan Nunez 1:50.120 +1.059 4
5 DPi 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac Ryan Briscoe 1:50.216 +1.155 5
6 DPi 5 Mustang Sampling Racing / JDC-Miller Motorsports João Barbosa 1:50.742 +1.681 6
7 DPi 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Felipe Nasr 1:51.391 +2.330 7
8 DPi 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Chris Miller 1:51.681 +2.620 8
9 LMP2 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Patrick Kelly 1:54.474 +5.413 9 
10 LMP2 81 DragonSpeed USA Henrik Hedman 1:55.427 +6.366 10
11 LMP2 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Cameron Cassels 1:56.965 +7.904 11
12 LMP2 18 Era Motorsport Dwight Merriman 1:57.589 +8.528 12
13 GTLM 912 Porsche GT Team Laurens Vanthoor 2:00.590 +11.529 13 
14 GTLM 3 Corvette Racing Jordan Taylor 2:00.854 +11.793 14
15 GTLM 4 Corvette Racing Oliver Gavin 2:00.904 +11.843 15
16 GTLM 25 BMW Team RLL Bruno Spengler 2:01.155 +12.904 16
17 GTLM 24 BMW Team RLL Jesse Krohn 2:01.202 +12.141 17
18 GTLM 911 Porsche GT Team Frédéric Makowiecki 2:01.305 +12.244 18
19 GTD 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Aaron Telitz 2:06.251 +17.190 19 
20 GTD 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Frankie Montecalvo 2:07.038 +17.977 20
21 GTD 76 Compass Racing Corey Fergus 2:07.265 +18.204 21
22 GTD 96 Turner Motorsport Robby Foley 2:07.361 +18.300 22
23 GTD 74 Riley Motorsports Gar Robinson 2:07.911 +18.850 23
24 GTD 63 Scuderia Corsa Cooper MacNeil 2:07.924 +18.863 24
25 GTD 86 Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Matt McMurry 2:07.942 +18.881 25
26 GTD 57 Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Curb-Agajanian Mikhail Goikhberg 2:08.118 +19.057 26
27 GTD 16 Wright Motorsports Ryan Hardwick 2:08.269 +19.208 27
28 GTD 22 Gradient Racing Till Bechtolsheimer 2:08.520 +19.459 28
29 GTD 23 Heart of Racing Team Ian James 2:08.540 +19.479 29
30 GTD 44 GRT Magnus Racing Team John Potter 2:09.822 +20.761 30
31 GTD 30 Team Hardpoint Rob Ferriol 2:10.474 +21.413 31
Source:[7]

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 63 2:43:13.909 
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
2 DPi 10   Konica Minolta Cadillac   Ryan Briscoe
  Renger van der Zande
Cadillac DPi-V.R 63 +0.383
Cadillac 5.5L V8
3 DPi 31   Whelen Engineering Racing   Pipo Derani
  Felipe Nasr
Cadillac DPi-V.R 63 +4.131
Cadillac 5.5L V8
4 DPi 5   Mustang Sampling Racing / JDC-Miller Motorsports   João Barbosa
  Sébastien Bourdais
Cadillac DPi-V.R 63 +36.994
Cadillac 5.5L V8
5 DPi 55   Mazda Motorsports   Jonathan Bomarito
  Harry Tincknell
Mazda RT24-P 63 +40.192
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0L Turbo I4
6 DPi 77   Mazda Motorsports   Oliver Jarvis
  Tristan Nunez
Mazda RT24-P 63 +4:04.486
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0L Turbo I4
7 DPi 85   JDC-Miller MotorSports   Chris Miller
  Tristan Vautier
Cadillac DPi-V.R 62 +1 Lap
Cadillac 5.5L V8
8 LMP2 81   DragonSpeed USA   Ben Hanley
  Henrik Hedman
Oreca 07 61 +2 Laps 
Gibson GK428 V8
9 DPi 6   Acura Team Penske   Dane Cameron
  Juan Pablo Montoya
Acura ARX-05 61 +2 Laps
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
10 GTLM 3   Corvette Racing   Antonio García
  Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 60 +3 Laps 
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
11 GTLM 4   Corvette Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 60 +3 Laps
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
12 LMP2 38   Performance Tech Motorsports   Cameron Cassels
  James French
Oreca 07 60 +3 Laps
Gibson GK428 V8
13 LMP2 18   Era Motorsport   Dwight Merriman
  Kyle Tilley
Oreca 07 60 +3 Laps
Gibson GK428 V8
14 GTLM 24   BMW Team RLL   John Edwards
  Jesse Krohn
BMW M8 GTE 60 +3 Laps
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
15 GTLM 911   Porsche GT Team   Frédéric Makowiecki
  Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR-19 58 Did Not Finish
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
16 GTLM 912   Porsche GT Team   Earl Bamber
  Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR-19 58 +5 Laps
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
17 GTD 12   AIM Vasser Sullivan   Townsend Bell
  Frankie Montecalvo
Lexus RC F GT3 57 +6 Laps 
Lexus 5.0L V8
18 GTD 86   Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian   Mario Farnbacher
  Matt McMurry
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 57 +6 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
19 GTD 14   AIM Vasser Sullivan   Jack Hawksworth
  Aaron Telitz
Lexus RC F GT3 57 +6 Laps
Lexus 5.0L V8
20 GTD 63   Scuderia Corsa   Cooper MacNeil
  Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GT3 57 +6 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9L Turbo V8
21 GTD 16   Wright Motorsports   Ryan Hardwick
  Patrick Long
Porsche 911 GT3 R 57 +6 Laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
22 GTD 74   Riley Motorsports   Lawson Aschenbach
  Gar Robinson
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 57 +6 Laps
Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2L V8
23 GTD 96   Turner Motorsport   Bill Auberlen
  Robby Foley
BMW M6 GT3 57 +6 Laps
BMW 4.4L Turbo V8
24 GTD 44   GRT Magnus Racing Team   Andy Lally
  John Potter
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 57 +6 Laps
Lamborghini 5.2L V10
25 GTD 76   Compass Racing   Corey Fergus
  Paul Holton
McLaren 720S GT3 57 +6 Laps
McLaren M840T 4.0L Turbo V8
26 GTD 30   Team Hardpoint   Rob Ferriol
  Spencer Pumpelly
Audi R8 LMS Evo 57 +6 Laps
Audi 5.2L V10
27 GTLM 25   BMW Team RLL   Connor De Phillippi
  Bruno Spengler
BMW M8 GTE 55 Did Not Finish
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
28 GTD 22   Gradient Racing   Till Bechtolsheimer
  Marc Miller
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 55 +8 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
29 LMP2 52   PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports   Patrick Kelly
  Simon Trummer
Oreca 07 54 Did Not Finish
Gibson GK428 V8
30 GTD 57   Heinricher Racing with MSR Curb-Agajanian   Mikhail Goikhberg
  Álvaro Parente
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 48 Did Not Finish
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
31 GTD 23   Heart of Racing Team   Roman De Angelis
  Ian James
Aston Martin Vantage GT3 0 Did Not Start
Aston Martin 4.0L Turbo V6
Source:[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Acura, Corvette, Lexus Take IMSA Class Wins at Road America". autoweek.com. 2 August 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b "IMSA Road America entry list features 31 cars across four divisions". motorsports.nbcsports.com. 23 July 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  3. ^ "TB-IWSC-20-16-Road-America-BoP-Tables-07242020.pdf" (PDF). imsa.com. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Heart of Racing Aston Returns; 32 Entries for Road America". sportscar365.com. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Entry List Notebook: IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America". imsa.com. 22 July 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Acura, Porsche, Lexus lead Road America qualifying". racer.com. 1 August 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  7. ^ "03_Results_Qualifying.PDF" (PDF). August 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  8. ^ "03_Results_Race_Official.PDF" (PDF). August 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2021.

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