2020 Acura Sports Car Challenge at 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]

BackgroundEdit

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.

EntriesEdit

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]

QualifyingEdit

Dane Cameron took overall pole for the event. Jordan Taylor started first in GTLM, while Aaron Telitz was quickest 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 6 Acura Team Penske Dane Cameron 1:10.839 _ 1 
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 9 
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 13 
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]

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-05 115 2:40:07.918 
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
2 DPi 31   Whelen Engineering Racing   Pipo Derani
  Felipe Nasr
Cadillac DPi-V.R 115 +0.607
Cadillac 5.5L V8
3 DPi 10   Konica Minolta Cadillac   Ryan Briscoe
  Renger van der Zande
Cadillac DPi-V.R 115 +15.861
Cadillac 5.5L V8
4 DPi 55   Mazda Motorsports   Jonathan Bomarito
  Harry Tincknell
Mazda RT24-P 115 +16.433
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0L Turbo I4
5 DPi 77   Mazda Motorsports   Oliver Jarvis
  Tristan Nunez
Mazda RT24-P 115 +20.646
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0L Turbo I4
6 DPi 5   Mustang Sampling Racing / JDC-Miller Motorsports   João Barbosa
  Sébastien Bourdais
Cadillac DPi-V.R 115 +24.257
Cadillac 5.5L V8
7 DPi 6   Acura Team Penske   Dane Cameron
  Juan Pablo Montoya
Acura ARX-05 112 Did Not Finish
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
8 GTLM 3   Corvette Racing   Antonio García
  Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 110 +5 Laps 
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
9 GTLM 4   Corvette Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 110 +5 Laps
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
10 GTLM 25   BMW Team RLL   Connor De Phillippi
  Bruno Spengler
BMW M8 GTE 110 +5 Laps
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
11 GTLM 24   BMW Team RLL   John Edwards
  Jesse Krohn
BMW M8 GTE 110 +5 Laps
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
12 GTD 14   AIM Vasser Sullivan   Jack Hawksworth
  Aaron Telitz
Lexus RC F GT3 108 +7 Laps 
Lexus 5.0L V8
13 GTD 74   Riley Motorsports   Lawson Aschenbach
  Gar Robinson
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 108 +7 Laps
Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2L V8
14 GTD 16   Wright Motorsports   Ryan Hardwick
  Patrick Long
Porsche 911 GT3 R 108 +7 Laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
15 GTD 23   Heart of Racing Team   Roman De Angelis
  Ian James
Aston Martin Vantage GT3 108 +7 Laps
Aston Martin 4.0L Turbo V8
16 GTD 86   Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian   Mario Farnbacher
  Matt McMurry
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 108 +7 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
17 GTD 57   Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Curb-Agajanian   Mikhail Goikhberg
  Álvaro Parente
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 108 +7 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
18 GTD 44   GRT Magnus Racing Team   Andy Lally
  John Potter
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 108 +7 Laps
Lamborghini 5.2L V10
19 GTD 76   Compass Racing   Corey Fergus
  Paul Holton
McLaren 720S GT3 108 +7 Laps
McLaren M840T 4.0L Turbo V8
20 GTD 22   Gradient Racing   Till Bechtolsheimer
  Marc Miller
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 107 +8 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
21 GTD 12   AIM Vasser Sullivan   Townsend Bell
  Frankie Montecalvo
Lexus RC F GT3 87 +28 Laps
Lexus 5.0L V8
22 DPi 85   JDC-Miller MotorSports   Gabriel Aubry
  Tristan Vautier
Cadillac DPi-V.R 86 Did Not Finish
Cadillac 5.5L V8
23 GTD 96   Turner Motorsport   Bill Auberlen
  Robby Foley
BMW M6 GT3 83 +32 Laps
BMW 4.4L Turbo V8
24 GTD 30   Team Hardpoint   Rob Ferriol
  Spencer Pumpelly
Audi R8 LMS Evo 60 Did Not Finish
Audi 5.2L V10
Source:[11]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "IMSA Update on the 2020 Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio". imsa.com. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  8. ^ "Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives". motorsports.nbcsports.com. 22 September 2020. Retrieved 30 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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