IMSA Roar: Action Express Cadillac wins qualifying race

Overcoming a grid penalty, Action Express Racing's Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani landed pole for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, beating Mazda by 3.66sec in the wet-dry 100-minute qualifying race.

IMSA Roar: Action Express Cadillac wins qualifying race


With the wet conditions adding around a dozen seconds to the laptimes of the Prototype, Mazda’s Oliver Jarvis retained the lead at the drop of the green but immediately came under pressure from IMSA debutant Kevin Magnussen.

The Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac wrested the lead at the end of Lap 1. The pair were pursued by Tristan Vautier in the JDC-Miller MotorSports Caddy, with Nasr not wasting time to move ahead of the Acuras to claim fourth place in the Whelen Engineering #31 AXR Caddy.

At the first restart, Vautier went around the outside of Jarvis at Turn 1 to make it a Cadillac 1-2, while Filipe Albuquerque moved the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 up ahead of Nasr to take fourth and start applying pressure to Jarvis who lost momentum and fell to seventh.

Then the yellow flew again for a GTD shunt, and all the DPi runners pitted for slicks except leader Magnussen. They would rejoin in the order Vautier, Cameron, Ricky Taylor (who had taken over from Albuquerque in the WTR car, Nasr, Jimmie Johnson and Harry Tincknell who was now in the Mazda. However, the RT24-P regained one spot when Cameron stopped his Meyer Shank Racing Acura for a second time.

Following the second restart, Nasr went around the outside of Taylor at the Horseshoe turn, to make it Cadillac 1-2-3, while later around the lap Tincknell would blast past Taylor for fourth. A lap later, Vautier took advantage of being on slicks and Magnussen being on wets on a drying track and the Frenchman moved to the front pursued by Nasr, who took the lead on Lap 20 with 50mins to go. Magnussen would then pit and hand off the Ganassi car to Renger van der Zande.

The Brazilian eased away from Vautier, the gap out to 3.7sec by Lap 28, and the JDC-Miller Cadillac started coming under pressure from Tincknell.

With 34min to go, the final pitstop sequence started, with Nasr handing off to Derani, and Mazda jumping Tincknell ahead of Loic Duval who had taken over the JDC-Miller Cadillac. With 20mins to go, Duval was filling the Mazda’s mirrors until Tincknell seemed to find another level.

Duval, in fact, had to cede third to the Meyer Shank Acura now piloted by Olivier Pla, but Duval moved back ahead as they closed on the Mazda once more as it fell 4.5sec behind leader Derani. However, this three-car battle for second rather dissipated over the final 10mins.

Taylor had a fairly lonely run to fifth at the end, keeping well ahead of Kamui Kobayashi who had taken over the #48 Cadillac from the impressive Johnson and set the fastest lap of the race.


At the start, Steven Thomas pushed WIN Autosport’s Oreca to the front ahead of Roberto Lacorte in the Cetilar Racing Dallara and Dennis Andersen’s High Class Racing Oreca, but on the first restart, Thomas fell to third, Andersen fell to fourth, while Lacorte took the lead ahead of DragonSpeed’s #82 driven by Eric Lux.

Following the pitstops Lacorte’s teammate Antonio Fuoco took over and lead the class ahead of Mikkel Jensen in the PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports entry, with Gabriel Aubry third in the Tower Motorsports by Starworks Oreca.

Then, with 11mins to go, Aubry had to relinquish third to Ferdinand Habsburg in the High Class car, and a minute later Jensen squeezed past Fuoco to put PR1 Mathiasen in front. Fuoco then pitted the Cetilar Dallara with a mystery problem, handing second to High Class and third to Tower Motorsports.


Rasmus Lindh (Performance Tech Motorsports) and Moritz Kranz (Muehlner Motorsports America) led from the start, while Jon Bennett’s CORE autosport machine took advantage of spins for the other three class starters to move into third. The first restart saw Kranz demote Lindh.

Following the first round of stops Joao Barbosa had the Sean Creech Motorsports car in the lead ahead of Muehlner’ car, now steered by Laurents Hoerr. The latter would retake the class lead following Barbosa’s second stop, and that would promote Ryan Norman’s Forty7 Motorsports entry into second and George Kurtz in the CORE car into third.

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Alexander Sims in his first Corvette outing took the lead from class polesitter Marco Wittmann of BMW soon after the start, while Alessandro Pier Guidi moved the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 into third ahead of the second BMW of Timo Glock, Jordan Taylor’s Corvette and Cooper MacNeil in the WeatherTech Racing Proton Porsche 911 RSR.

After taking over the Ferrari from Pier Guidi, James Calado spun it coming out of the pits and fell to the back of the class. By delaying his second stop, MacNeil’s partner Kevin Estre held the class lead through the middle of the race, stopping only with 17mins remaining.

That left Tandy and Nicky Catsburg running 1-2 in the Corvette C8.Rs up front through to the checkered flag, 12sec apart, but Estre was still third thanks to Augusto Farfus having to make an extra stop in the #24 BMW due to a tire vibration.

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Rolf Ineichen was the early leader in the Grasser Racing Lamborghini Huracan, ahead of Russell Ward’s Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3, but it was bad news for another Lambo team, Madison Snow pitting the Paul Miller Racing machine and staying there.

Zacharie Robichon’s Pfaff Motorsports Porsche ran third ahead of Robby Foley in the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 and Ian James’ Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage. On the first restart, Team Hardpoint’s Porsche driven by Christina Nielsen fell off the track and slid across the wet grass into a tire wall, causing a second yellow.

Bill Auberlen carried on Foley’s good work in the Turner BMW to take the lead as the track continued to dry but remained damp off line, and he was leading in the closing stages, albeit under pressure from Laurens Vanthoor who’d taken over the Pfaff Porsche from Robichon.

The BMW eventually finished 4.4sec clear, while Mirko Bortolotti brought the Grasser Lambo into a podium-finishing position ahead of the #14 Vasser Sullivan Racing Lexus RC F, which had been shared by Oliver Gavin and Aaron Telitz.

Race results:

Cla Class Num Driver Chassis Laps Gap
1 DPi 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
United Kingdom Mike Conway
Brazil Pipo Derani
United States Chase Elliott
Cadillac DPi 51  
2 DPi 55 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
United States Jonathan Bomarito
Mazda DPi 51 3.664
3 DPi 5 France Tristan Vautier
France Loic Duval
France Sébastien Bourdais
Cadillac DPi 51 4.627
4 DPi 60 United States Dane Cameron
France Olivier Pla
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United States A.J. Allmendinger
Acura DPi 51 6.995
5 DPi 10 United States Ricky Taylor
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
United States Alexander Rossi
Brazil Helio Castroneves
Acura DPi 51 8.997
6 DPi 48 United States Jimmie Johnson
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
France Simon Pagenaud
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Cadillac DPi 51 19.985
7 DPi 01 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
New Zealand Scott Dixon
Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Cadillac DPi 51 1'14.834
8 LMP2 52 United States Ben Keating
Denmark Mikkel Jensen
United States Scott Huffaker
France Nicolas Lapierre
ORECA LMP2 07 51 1'33.798
9 LMP2 20 Denmark Dennis Andersen
Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
Denmark Anders Fjordbach
Poland Robert Kubica
ORECA LMP2 07 50 1 Lap
10 LMP2 8 Canada John Farano
France Gabriel Aubry
France Timothé Buret
France Matthieu Vaxiviere
ORECA LMP2 07 50 1 Lap
11 LMP2 29 Netherlands Frits van Eerd
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
Netherlands Job Van Uitert
France Charles Milesi
ORECA LMP2 07 50 1 Lap
12 LMP2 81 United States Rob Hodes
Canada Garett Grist
Netherlands Rinus van Kalmthout
United Kingdom Ben Hanley
ORECA LMP2 07 50 1 Lap
13 LMP2 47 Italy Roberto Lacorte
Italy Antonio Fuoco
Italy Andrea Belicchi
Italy Giorgio Sernagiotto
Dallara LMP2 50 1 Lap
14 LMP2 18 United States Dwight Merriman
United Kingdom Kyle Tilley
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
France Paul-Loup Chatin
ORECA LMP2 07 49 2 Laps
15 LMP2 51 United States Cody Ware
Turkey Salih Yoluc
United States Austin Dillon
France Mathieu Jaminet
Ligier LMP2 49 2 Laps
16 GTLM 4 United Kingdom Nick Tandy
United Kingdom Alexander Sims
United States Tommy Milner
Corvette C8.R 49 2 Laps
17 GTLM 3 United States Jordan Taylor
Netherlands Nick Catsburg
Spain Antonio Garcia
Corvette C8.R 49 2 Laps
18 GTLM 79 United States Cooper MacNeil
France Kevin Estre
Austria Richard Lietz
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Porsche 911 RSR - 19 49 2 Laps
19 LMP2 82 United States Eric Lux
Canada Devlin DeFrancesco
Germany Fabian Schiller
Germany Christopher Mies
ORECA LMP2 07 48 3 Laps
20 LMP2 11 Thomas Steven
United States Tristan Nunez
Thomas Merrill
United Kingdom Matthew Bell
ORECA LMP2 07 48 3 Laps
21 GTLM 62 United Kingdom James Calado
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
France Jules Gounon
Italy Davide Rigon
Ferrari 488 GTE 48 3 Laps
22 GTD 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
Australia Aidan Read
United States Colton Herta
BMW M6 GT3 48 3 Laps
23 GTD 9 Canada Zacharie Robichon
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Germany Lars Kern
Australia Matt Campbell
Porsche 911 GT3 R 48 3 Laps
24 GTD 111 Switzerland Rolf Ineichen
Italy Mirko Bortolotti
Netherlands Steijn Schothorst
Italy Marco Mapelli
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 48 3 Laps
25 GTLM 25 Austria Philipp Eng
Germany Timo Glock
United States Connor de Phillippi
Canada Bruno Spengler
BMW M8 GTE 48 3 Laps
26 GTD 14 United States Aaron Telitz
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Kyle Kirkwood
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
Lexus RC F GT3 48 3 Laps
27 LMP3 6 Moritz Kranz
Hoerr Laurents
Duqueine M30-D08 48 3 Laps
28 GTD 57 United States Russell Ward
United Kingdom Philip Ellis
Netherlands Indy Dontje
Germany Maro Engel
Mercedes-AMG GT3 48 3 Laps
29 GTD 19 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Franck Perera
Spain Albert Costa
Germany Tim Zimmermann
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 48 3 Laps
30 GTD 23 United Kingdom Ian James
Canada Roman De Angelis
United Kingdom Darren Turner
United Kingdom Ross Gunn
Aston Martin Vantage GT3 47 4 Laps
31 LMP3 7 United States Mark Kvamme
United States Ryan Norman
Colombia Gabby Chaves
Charles Finelli
Duqueine M30-D08 47 4 Laps
32 GTLM 24 Brazil Augusto Farfus
Germany Marco Wittmann
United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
BMW M8 GTE 47 4 Laps
33 LMP3 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States George Kurtz
United States Colin Braun
United States Matt McMurry
Ligier JS P320 47 4 Laps
34 GTD 63 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones
United States Bret Curtis
Australia Ryan Briscoe
Brazil Marcos Gomes
Ferrari 488 GT3 47 4 Laps
35 GTD 16 United States Ryan Hardwick
United States Patrick Long
Belgium Jan Heylen
Austria Klaus Bachler
Porsche 911 GT3 R 47 4 Laps
36 GTD 12 United States Robert Megennis
United States Zach Veach
United States Townsend Bell
United States Frankie Montecalvo
Lexus RC F GT3 46 5 Laps
37 GTD 75 Australia Kenny Habul
Italy Raffaele Marciello
Canada Mikael Grenier
Germany Luca Stolz
Mercedes-AMG GT3 46 5 Laps
38 GTD 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
United States Spencer Pumpelly
Germany Mario Farnbacher
Acura NSX GT3 45 6 Laps
39 GTD 97 United States Maxwell Root
Ireland Charles Eastwood
United States Ben Keating
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
Aston Martin Vantage GT3 45 6 Laps
40 GTD 88 United States Rob Ferriol
New Zealand Earl Bamber
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
Porsche 911 GT3 R 45 6 Laps
41 GTD 28 Canada Daniel Morad
United States Michael de Quesada
United States Billy Johnson
Maxi Buhk
Mercedes-AMG GT3 45 6 Laps
42 GTD 21 Mann Simon
Denmark Nicklas Nielsen
Brazil Daniel Serra
Italy Matteo Cressoni
Ferrari 488 GT3 44 7 Laps
43 LMP3 33 Lance Willsey
Portugal Joao Barbosa
United Kingdom Wayne Boyd
Yann Clairay
Ligier JS P320 30 21 Laps
44 GTD 42 Alan Metni
United States Andrew Davis
United States J.R. Hildebrand
United States Don Yount
Audi R8 LMS GT3 18 33 Laps
45 LMP3 38 Sweden Rasmus Lindh
Canada Cameron Cassels
LLarena Mateo
Ori Ayrton
Ligier JS P320 13 38 Laps
46 LMP3 91 Cox Jim
Murry Dylan
United States Austin McCusker
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Ligier JS P320 8 43 Laps
47 GTD 1 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Madison Snow
United States Corey Lewis
Italy Andrea Caldarelli
Lamborghini Huracan GT3 2 49 Laps
48 LMP3 74 United States Gar Robinson
United States Spencer Pigot
Australia Scott Andrews
United States Oliver Askew
Ligier JS P320 0  
49 GTD 64 United States Ted Giovanis
Owen Trinkler
United States Hugh Plumb
United States Matt Plumb
Porsche 911 GT3 R 0  

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