Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in the No.7 Acura ARX-05 DPi had a great Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course ahead of Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge.

The Brazilian set a fastest speed of 01:11.395s at a speed of 113.856MPH ending the session just ahead of Renger van der Zande, his team mate Juan Pablo Montoya and Pipo Derani.

Speaking following the session Castroneves said:

“At this point it seems to be so close. “Every lap you go, the track gets a little bit better. The toughest part for the engineers, for the teams and for the drivers is every lap (the track) changes.”

Castroneves who won here in 2018 with Rocky Taylor went on to say:

This place, it’s not about horsepower, it’s not about in terms of aerodynamics. “It’s about a combination of what the engineers are putting together and obviously the drivers. It’s a flow track.

“Every corner, it’s braking and turning and up and down. It’s a flow place, so even for a veteran or experienced person, you’ve got to get that flow because every year it changes, every time it changes. Right now, I’m extremely excited to be in the front of the field at this point, but tomorrow everything can change. We’ve just got to be prepared to react for those unexpected situations.”

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