IMSA Roar: Nasr puts AXR Cadillac on pole for qualifying race

Ex-Formula 1 racer Felipe Nasr landed pole in Action Express Racing’s Cadillac DPi-V.R for the Roar Before The 24 qualifying race tomorrow.

IMSA Roar: Nasr puts AXR Cadillac on pole for qualifying race
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With 17 cars on track for the Prototype session – seven LMP1, 10 LMP2 – the 3.56-mile Daytona road course was busy in the closing minutes of the session, but Felipe Nasr picked his way through the traffic to land pole for AXR.

Oliver Jarvis’ last ditch effort in the sole Mazda RT24-P came up 0.131sec short and was only just enough to keep Tristan Vautier’s JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac in third, ahead of IMSA newbie Kevin Magnussen in Chip Ganassi Racing’s Caddy.

The Acura ARX-05s of Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing will fill the third row, while seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was seventh, 1.377sec off teammate Nasr.

Ben Keating landed LMP2 pole for PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports with a 1min37.589sec lap, almost a second faster than Dennis Andersen’s High Class Racing entry with Cetilar Racing’s Roberto Lacorte a further half second behind and just ahead of John Farano in the Tower Motorsports by Starworks car.

In LMP3, Moritz Kranz of Muelhner Motorsports was the only driver to eclipse all the GTLM times, first with a 1min42.782sec lap, then with a 1min42.384 – 0.6sec ahead of the GT pacesetter. Former Indy Lights driver Ryan Norman was second fastest, over 1.2sec behind in the similar Duqueine-Nissan of Forty7 Motorsports.

Fastest of the Ligiers was Rasmus Lindh of Performance Tech Motorsports, mere hundredths behind Norman, while Jon Bennett was 2.6sec down in the CORE autosport entry but way ahead of Lance Willsey of Sean Creech Motorsport.

With Daniel Morad in the GTD Alegra Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3 having stopped on track in the third sector before anyone had set a representative time in the GT session, this obliged 25 cars to try and set a time in just eight minutes.

In the end, GT Le Mans saw a good deal of separation between the four marques represented. Marco Wittmann and Timo Glock scored a 1-2 in the RLL-run BMW M8s, 0.363sec apart, and with Wittmann 0.65sec clear of the next non-BMW.

Corvette Racing newcomer Alexander Sims laid down a marker by beating reigning champion teammate Jordan Taylor by one-tenth in their C8.Rs.

Alessandro Pier Guidi was more than half a second adrift of Taylor – and 1.3sec off Wittman – driving the Risi Competizione Ferrari 488, while Cooper MacNeil was a further 1sec back in the WeatherTech Racing Proton Porsche 911 RSR.

In GT Daytona, Ryan Hardwick, who won the last IMSA race – the 2020 Sebring 12 Hours – with teammates Jan Heylen and Pat Long, excelled himself again for Wright Motorsports this afternoon. Hardwick scored top time by more than a quarter second ahead of Simon Mann’s AF Corse Ferrari 488, while Madison Snow’s Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan was less than 0.1sec further back.

Russell Ward (Winward Racing Mercedes) and Ian James (Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage) made it five different constructors in the top five places.

Cla Num Driver Class Chassis Time Gap
1 31 Brazil Felipe Nasr
United Kingdom Mike Conway
Brazil Pipo Derani
United States Chase Elliott
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'34.311  
2 55 United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
United States Jonathan Bomarito
DPi Mazda DPi 1'34.442 0.131
3 5 France Tristan Vautier
France Loic Duval
France Sébastien Bourdais
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'34.485 0.174
4 01 Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
New Zealand Scott Dixon
Sweden Marcus Ericsson
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'34.514 0.203
5 10 United States Ricky Taylor
Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
United States Alexander Rossi
Brazil Helio Castroneves
DPi Acura DPi 1'34.706 0.395
6 60 United States Dane Cameron
France Olivier Pla
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United States A.J. Allmendinger
DPi Acura DPi 1'34.897 0.586
7 48 United States Jimmie Johnson
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
France Simon Pagenaud
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
DPi Cadillac DPi 1'35.688 1.377
8 52 United States Ben Keating
Denmark Mikkel Jensen
United States Scott Huffaker
France Nicolas Lapierre
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'37.368 3.057
9 20 Denmark Dennis Andersen
Austria Ferdinand Habsburg
Denmark Anders Fjordbach
Poland Robert Kubica
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'38.532 4.221
10 47 Italy Roberto Lacorte
Italy Antonio Fuoco
Italy Andrea Belicchi
Italy Giorgio Sernagiotto
LMP2 Dallara LMP2 1'38.573 4.262
11 8 Canada John Farano
France Gabriel Aubry
France Timothé Buret
France Matthieu Vaxiviere
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'39.117 4.806
12 51 United States Cody Ware
Turkey Salih Yoluc
United States Austin Dillon
France Mathieu Jaminet
LMP2 Ligier LMP2 1'39.181 4.870
13 11 Thomas Steven
United States Tristan Nunez
Thomas Merrill
United Kingdom Matthew Bell
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'39.332 5.021
14 29 Netherlands Frits van Eerd
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
Netherlands Job Van Uitert
France Charles Milesi
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'39.424 5.113
15 82 United States Eric Lux
Canada Devlin DeFrancesco
Germany Fabian Schiller
Germany Christopher Mies
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'39.786 5.475
16 81 United States Rob Hodes
Canada Garett Grist
Netherlands Rinus van Kalmthout
United Kingdom Ben Hanley
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'39.825 5.514
17 18 United States Dwight Merriman
United Kingdom Kyle Tilley
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
France Paul-Loup Chatin
LMP2 ORECA LMP2 07 1'40.515 6.204
18 6 Moritz Kranz
Hoerr Laurents
LMP3 Duqueine M30-D08 1'42.384 8.073
19 24 Brazil Augusto Farfus
Germany Marco Wittmann
United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'42.980 8.669
20 25 Austria Philipp Eng
Germany Timo Glock
United States Connor de Phillippi
Canada Bruno Spengler
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'43.343 9.032
21 7 United States Mark Kvamme
United States Ryan Norman
Colombia Gabby Chaves
Charles Finelli
LMP3 Duqueine M30-D08 1'43.623 9.312
22 4 United Kingdom Nick Tandy
United Kingdom Alexander Sims
United States Tommy Milner
GTLM Corvette C8.R 1'43.631 9.320
23 38 Sweden Rasmus Lindh
Canada Cameron Cassels
LLarena Mateo
Ori Ayrton
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'43.676 9.365
24 3 United States Jordan Taylor
Netherlands Nick Catsburg
Spain Antonio Garcia
GTLM Corvette C8.R 1'43.729 9.418
25 62 United Kingdom James Calado
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
France Jules Gounon
Italy Davide Rigon
GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE 1'44.277 9.966
26 54 United States Jon Bennett
United States George Kurtz
United States Colin Braun
United States Matt McMurry
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'44.964 10.653
27 79 United States Cooper MacNeil
France Kevin Estre
Austria Richard Lietz
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR - 19 1'45.336 11.025
28 33 Lance Willsey
Portugal Joao Barbosa
United Kingdom Wayne Boyd
Yann Clairay
LMP3 Ligier JS P320 1'46.721 12.410
29 16 United States Ryan Hardwick
United States Patrick Long
Belgium Jan Heylen
Austria Klaus Bachler
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'46.831 12.520
30 21 Mann Simon
Denmark Nicklas Nielsen
Brazil Daniel Serra
Italy Matteo Cressoni
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'47.095 12.784
31 1 United States Bryan Sellers
United States Madison Snow
United States Corey Lewis
Italy Andrea Caldarelli
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'47.182 12.871
32 57 United States Russell Ward
United Kingdom Philip Ellis
Netherlands Indy Dontje
Germany Maro Engel
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'47.198 12.887
33 23 United Kingdom Ian James
Canada Roman De Angelis
United Kingdom Darren Turner
United Kingdom Ross Gunn
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'47.224 12.913
34 9 Canada Zacharie Robichon
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Germany Lars Kern
Australia Matt Campbell
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'47.323 13.012
35 111 Switzerland Rolf Ineichen
Italy Mirko Bortolotti
Netherlands Steijn Schothorst
Italy Marco Mapelli
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'47.546 13.235
36 96 United States Bill Auberlen
United States Robby Foley
Australia Aidan Read
United States Colton Herta
GTD BMW M6 GT3 1'47.653 13.342
37 97 United States Maxwell Root
Ireland Charles Eastwood
United States Ben Keating
United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
GTD Aston Martin Vantage GT3 1'47.710 13.399
38 75 Australia Kenny Habul
Italy Raffaele Marciello
Canada Mikael Grenier
Germany Luca Stolz
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3 1'47.896 13.585
39 63 United Arab Emirates Ed Jones
United States Bret Curtis
Australia Ryan Briscoe
Brazil Marcos Gomes
GTD Ferrari 488 GT3 1'48.019 13.708
40 12 United States Robert Megennis
United States Zach Veach
United States Townsend Bell
United States Frankie Montecalvo
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'48.095 13.784
41 14 United States Aaron Telitz
United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Kyle Kirkwood
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
GTD Lexus RC F GT3 1'48.208 13.897
42 42 Alan Metni
United States Andrew Davis
United States J.R. Hildebrand
United States Don Yount
GTD Audi R8 LMS GT3 1'48.336 14.025
43 19 Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
France Franck Perera
Spain Albert Costa
Germany Tim Zimmermann
GTD Lamborghini Huracan GT3 1'48.575 14.264
44 44 United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
United States Spencer Pumpelly
Germany Mario Farnbacher
GTD Acura NSX GT3 1'48.614 14.303
45 64 United States Ted Giovanis
Owen Trinkler
United States Hugh Plumb
United States Matt Plumb
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R 1'57.513 23.202
46 28 Canada Daniel Morad
United States Michael de Quesada
United States Billy Johnson
Maxi Buhk
GTD Mercedes-AMG GT3    
47 74 United States Gar Robinson
United States Spencer Pigot
Australia Scott Andrews
United States Oliver Askew
LMP3 Ligier JS P320    
48 88 United States Rob Ferriol
New Zealand Earl Bamber
United Kingdom Katherine Legge
Denmark Christina Nielsen
GTD Porsche 911 GT3 R    
49 91 Cox Jim
Murry Dylan
United States Austin McCusker
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
LMP3 Ligier JS P320    
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