IMSA Roar: Pagenaud's AXR Cadillac leads first session

Simon Pagenaud set the fastest time in opening session in the Roar Before The 24, driving Action Express Racing’s #48 Cadillac DPi-V.R.

IMSA Roar: Pagenaud's AXR Cadillac leads first session
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In the car he will share with Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller and Kamui Kobayashi, Pagenaud lapped the 3.56-mile Daytona course in 1min35.312sec, 0.385sec faster than Ricky Taylor’s best effort in Wayne Taylor Racing’s Acura ARX-05.

The second AXR car, driven by former F1 driver Felipe Nasr, was third fastest, ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac piloted by Renger van der Zande.

Jonathan Bomarito, who has become Mazda’s endurance third man for its sole RT24-P, was fifth ahead of Tristan Vautier’s JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac and Olivier Pla in Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura.

Nicolas Lapierre was fastest LMP2 driver, with a 1min37.741, less than 0.6sec from the slowest DPi time in the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca, ahead of High Class Racing, Tower Motorsports by Starworks, and Cetilar Racing.

As expected LMP3 times and GT Le Mans were very similar. Laurents Hoerr led the least powerful prototype class with a 1min43.655sec lap in the Muehlner Motorsports Duqueine, with his nearest rivals being the Ligiers of Scott Andrews ((Riley Motorsports) and Wayne Boyd (Sean Creech Motorsports).

James Calado’s Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 led GTLM, 0.387sec faster than defending class champion Jordan Taylor in the #3 Corvette C8.R, and half a second up on the faster BMW M8 of Philipp Eng.

In GT Daytona, two-time class champion Christina Nielsen led the way in the Team Hardpoint EBM Porsche 911 GT3 R, 0.3sec faster than Matteo Cressoni’s AF Corse Ferrari 488. Next up were the two Mercedes-benz AMG GT3s of Winward Racing and Sun Energy 1.

The second session begins at 4.15pm local (Eastern) time.

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Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 48 United States Jimmie Johnson
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
France Simon Pagenaud
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'35.312  
2 10 United States Ricky Taylor
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
United States Alexander Rossi
Brazil Helio Castroneves
DPi Acura DPi 1'35.697 0.385
3 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
United Kingdom Mike Conway
Brazil Pipo Derani
United States Chase Elliott
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'35.842 0.530
4 01 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
New Zealand Scott Dixon
Sweden Marcus Ericsson
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'35.963 0.651
5 55 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
United States Jonathan Bomarito
DPi Mazda DPi 1'36.178 0.866
6 5 France Tristan Vautier
France Loic Duval
France Sébastien Bourdais
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'36.524 1.212
7 60 United States Dane Cameron
France Olivier Pla
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United States A.J. Allmendinger
DPi Acura DPi 1'37.185 1.873
8 52 United States Ben Keating
Denmark Mikkel Jensen
United States Scott Huffaker
France Nicolas Lapierre
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'37.741 2.429
9 20 Denmark Dennis Andersen
Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
Denmark Anders Fjordbach
Poland Robert Kubica
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'38.296 2.984
10 8 Canada John Farano
France Gabriel Aubry
France Timothé Buret
France Matthieu Vaxiviere
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'38.379 3.067
11 47 Italy Roberto Lacorte
Italy Antonio Fuoco
Italy Andrea Belicchi
Italy Giorgio Sernagiotto
LMP2 Dallara LMP2 1'39.023 3.711
12 81 United States Rob Hodes
Canada Garett Grist
Netherlands Rinus van Kalmthout
United Kingdom Ben Hanley
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'39.358 4.046
13 18 United States Dwight Merriman
United Kingdom Kyle Tilley
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
France Paul-Loup Chatin
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'39.456 4.144
14 11 Thomas Steven
United States Tristan Nunez
Thomas Merrill
United Kingdom Matthew Bell
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'39.631 4.319
15 51 United States Cody Ware
Turkey Salih Yoluc
United States Austin Dillon
France Mathieu Jaminet
LMP2 Ligier LMP2 1'41.396 6.084
16 6 Moritz Kranz
Hoerr Laurents
LMP3 Duqueine M30-D08 1'43.655 8.343
17 62 United Kingdom James Calado
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
France Jules Gounon
Italy Davide Rigon
GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 1'43.680 8.368
18 74 United States Gar Robinson
United States Spencer Pigot
Australia Scott Andrews
United States Oliver Askew
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'43.742 8.430
19 33 Lance Willsey
Portugal Joao Barbosa
United Kingdom Wayne Boyd
Yann Clairay
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'43.838 8.526
20 3 United States Jordan Taylor
Netherlands Nick Catsburg
Spain Antonio Garcia
GTLM Corvette C8.R 1'44.067 8.755
21 25 Austria Philipp Eng
Germany Timo Glock
United States Connor de Phillippi
Canada Bruno Spengler
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'44.183 8.871
22 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States George Kurtz
United States Colin Braun
United States Matt McMurry
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'44.303 8.991
23 24 Brazil Augusto Farfus
Germany Marco Wittmann
United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'44.342 9.030
24 91 Cox Jim
Murry Dylan
United States Austin McCusker
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'44.730 9.418
25 7 United States Mark Kvamme
United States Ryan Norman
Colombia Gabby Chaves
Charles Finelli
LMP3 Duqueine M30-D08 1'45.154 9.842
26 79 United States Cooper MacNeil
France Kevin Estre
Austria Richard Lietz
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR - 19 1'45.315 10.003
27 88 United States Rob Ferriol
New Zealand Earl Bamber
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'46.194 10.882
28 21 Mann Simon
Denmark Nicklas Nielsen
Brazil Daniel Serra
Italy Matteo Cressoni
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'46.505 11.193
29 57 United States Russell Ward
United Kingdom Philip Ellis
Netherlands Indy Dontje
Germany Maro Engel
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'46.525 11.213
30 75 Australia Kenny Habul
Italy Raffaele Marciello
Canada Mikael Grenier
Germany Luca Stolz
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'46.575 11.263
31 16 United States Ryan Hardwick
United States Patrick Long
Belgium Jan Heylen
Austria Klaus Bachler
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'46.581 11.269
32 28 Canada Daniel Morad
United States Michael de Quesada
United States Billy Johnson
Maxi Buhk
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'46.833 11.521
33 63 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones
United States Bret Curtis
Australia Ryan Briscoe
Brazil Marcos Gomes
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'47.024 11.712
34 9 Canada Zacharie Robichon
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Germany Lars Kern
Australia Matt Campbell
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'47.224 11.912
35 38 Sweden Rasmus Lindh
Canada Cameron Cassels
LLarena Mateo
Ori Ayrton
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'47.269 11.957
36 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
Australia Aidan Read
United States Colton Herta
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'47.300 11.988
37 14 United States Aaron Telitz
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Kyle Kirkwood
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'47.426 12.114
38 19 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Franck Perera
Spain Albert Costa
Germany Tim Zimmermann
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'47.456 12.144
39 1 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Madison Snow
United States Corey Lewis
Italy Andrea Caldarelli
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'47.642 12.330
40 64 United States Ted Giovanis
Owen Trinkler
United States Hugh Plumb
United States Matt Plumb
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'47.830 12.518
41 12 United States Robert Megennis
United States Zach Veach
United States Townsend Bell
United States Frankie Montecalvo
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'48.208 12.896
42 42 Alan Metni
United States Andrew Davis
United States J.R. Hildebrand
United States Don Yount
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'48.280 12.968
43 97 United States Maxwell Root
Ireland Charles Eastwood
United States Ben Keating
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'48.503 13.191
44 23 United Kingdom Ian James
Canada Roman De Angelis
United Kingdom Darren Turner
United Kingdom Ross Gunn
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'49.049 13.737
45 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
United States Spencer Pumpelly
Germany Mario Farnbacher
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'49.440 14.128
46 82 United States Eric Lux
Canada Devlin DeFrancesco
Germany Fabian Schiller
Germany Christopher Mies
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 2'01.365 26.053
47 4 United Kingdom Nick Tandy
United Kingdom Alexander Sims
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C8.R    
48 29 Netherlands Frits van Eerd
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
Netherlands Job Van Uitert
France Charles Milesi
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07    
49 111 Switzerland Rolf Ineichen
Italy Mirko Bortolotti
Netherlands Steijn Schothorst
Italy Marco Mapelli
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3    
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