Team Penske Acuras Get Early Jump in Opening IMSA WeatherTech Practice at Road America
In their drive to win for the first time in 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, the Acuras of Team Penske set the pace in Friday’s opening practice session of the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America.
Ricky Taylor posted the fastest lap of the one-hour session on the historic 4.048-mile permanent road course, one minute, 50.654 seconds (131.696 mph), in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske Acura DPi. Following closely behind was the No. 6 Acura, with Dane Cameron clocking a lap of 1:50.929 (131.370 mph).
Cameron and co-driver Juan Pablo Montoya are the reigning WeatherTech Championship Daytona Prototype international (DPi) champions, but a Team Penske Acura hasn’t visited victory lane since last September at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, when Cameron and Montoya led a 1-2 finish ahead of Taylor and Helio Castroneves.
Taylor felt confident that Friday’s session at Road America shows promise for the weekend, but he also knows there’s a long way to go with the Cadillacs and Mazdas nipping at their heels in DPi. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. was third in practice at 1:50.939 (131.358 mph), with Renger van der Zende at the wheel.
“The car feels really good,” Taylor said. “Hopefully as the track starts to rubber up, those little balance issues will come to us. But so far, we’re pretty happy.
“It’s nice to get a result in practice. We always seem to show good speed here at Road America. We just need to translate it to a race win, hopefully. … The (No.) 7 car really needs to get back to winning. I think all the pieces are in place. We just need to do it on track. I think it’s one of those cases where once we get that breakthrough and get the monkey off our back and we’ll be in a good place.”
Meanwhile, in the Le Mans Prototype 2 class (LMP2), Simon Trummer was quick with a lap of 1:53.381 (128.529 mph) in the No. 52 PR1…