Acura Team Penske drivers Dane Cameron and Helio Castroneves in the No.6 Acura ARX-05 DPi took pole position for today’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course.
The pair set a fastest time of 01:10.839s to claim the Motul Pole Award at a speed of 114.750MPH and speaking following the action Cameron said:
“This is typically a really strong place for the Acura prototype package, but it certainly seems our competitors have really closed that gap this year. “I really expect a tough race. But it feels great to get a pole position here. It’s been a pretty tough year for us (Cameron and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya), and I feel like I’ve been robbed of a pole here the last couple years. So I wanted to finish the job, and this makes up for a couple years of disappointment.
Jordan Taylor in the Corvette Racing C8.R took class pole and speaking following jis lap he said:
This is the first time here with the Corvette C8.R, so I think a lot of it came down to the preparation by the team. “We spent two days in the simulator last week preparing, and we rolled off the truck really strong. I know we only needed to make a couple minor adjustments. The car was obviously really good in qualifying, and I think we’ve led all the sessions so far.
Aaron Telitz took GT Daytona class pole and speaking following the action the Canadian said:
“It’s tough to get going quick when you don’t have a ton of track time. “You just have to turn it on in the morning, show up, drink some coffee, and get ready to lay it down quick in qualifying. Fifteen minutes, honestly, isn’t a lot of time when it’s this cold here just to get the Michelin tires up to temperature.
“So really, it just came down to the last lap. “I didn’t put a real clean lap together before then, but the last lap was good – and luckily, good enough to hold off the Acuras. It’s cool to beat them at their home track, if you will.”