Long Beach IMSA: Montoya puts Acura Team Penske on pole

Juan Pablo Montoya, who scored his first ever Indy car win at Long Beach 19 years ago, has now claimed a pole position at the hallowed venue, his Acura ARX-05 beating the best Cadillac by just under 0.2secs.

Long Beach IMSA: Montoya puts Acura Team Penske on pole
#2 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan DPi, P: Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel
#31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi, P: Eric Curran, Felipe Nasr
#55 Mazda Team Joest Mazda DPi, P: Jonathan Bomarito, Harry Tincknell
#3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, GTLM: Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, #67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT, GTLM: Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook
#912 Porsche Team North America Porsche 911 RSR, GTLM: Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber

Montoya lapped the 1.968-mile course in 1min12.922sec, a time 0.187sec ahead of Felipe Nasr’s top lap in the #31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.  

Harry Tincknell’s Joest-run Mazda RT24-P was third, around a quarter second off top spot, with Helio Castroneves fourth in the second Acura.

Joao Barbosa’s second AXR Cadillac will start fifth ahead of Renger Van der Zande in the similar car of Wayne Taylor Racing.

Tristan Nunez was seventh in the second Mazda ahead of the fastest of the ESM Nissans, piloted by Scott Sharp.

Joey Hand came out on top in a fantastic GT Le Mans battle between the Chip Ganassi Racing-run Ford GTs and Porsche 911 RSRs, as he grabbed pole position for the #66 Ford by 0.144sec ahead of Laurens Vanthoor’s #912 Porsche.

Next up came Patrick Pilet in the second Porsche, a further 0.25sec behind, while the Corvette C7.Rs of Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin claimed fourth and fifth.

Richard Westbrook was sixth in the second Ford, with the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing BMW M8s of Connor de Phillippi and Jesse Krohn filling the last GT row, around 1.3sec off Hand’s pace.

Qualifying results:

Pos.#DriversClassChassisTimeGap
1 6 colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 
united_states Dane Cameron 
P Acura DPi 1'13.160  
2 31 united_states Eric Curran 
brazil Felipe Nasr 
P Cadillac DPi 1'13.210 0.050
3 7 brazil Helio Castroneves 
united_states Ricky Taylor 
P Acura DPi 1'13.217 0.057
4 5 portugal Filipe Albuquerque 
portugal Joao Barbosa 
P Cadillac DPi 1'13.655 0.495
5 55 united_kingdom Harry Tincknell 
united_states Jonathan Bomarito 
P Mazda DPi 1'13.715 0.555
6 2 united_states Scott Sharp 
united_kingdom Ryan Dalziel 
P Nissan DPi 1'13.921 0.761
7 10 united_states Jordan Taylor 
netherlands Renger van der Zande 
P Cadillac DPi 1'13.982 0.822
8 77 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis 
united_states Tristan Nunez 
P Mazda DPi 1'14.658 1.498
9 22 brazil Pipo Derani 
united_states Johannes van Overbeek 
P Nissan DPi 1'15.307 2.147
10 54 united_states Jon Bennett 
united_states Colin Braun 
P ORECA LMP2 1'15.326 2.166
11 38 united_states James French 
united_states  Kyle Masson 
P ORECA LMP2 1'15.385 2.225
12 99 canada Mikhail Goikhberg 
south_africa Stephen Simpson 
P ORECA LMP2 1'15.545 2.385
13 85 switzerland Simon Trummer 
united_states Robert Alon 
P ORECA LMP2 1'15.567 2.407
14 52 colombia Gustavo Yacaman 
colombia Sebastian Saavedra 
P Ligier LMP2 1'15.749 2.589
15 4 united_kingdom Oliver Gavin 
united_states Tommy Milner 
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'17.571 4.411
16 912 new_zealand Earl Bamber 
belgium Laurens Vanthoor 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'17.596 4.436
17 911 united_kingdom Nick Tandy 
france Patrick Pilet 
GTLM Porsche 911 RSR 1'17.606 4.446
18 66 united_states Joey Hand 
germany Dirk Müller 
GTLM Ford GT 1'17.954 4.794
19 25 united_states Connor de Phillippi 
united_kingdom Alexander Sims 
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'18.144 4.984
20 3 denmark Jan Magnussen 
spain Antonio Garcia 
GTLM Corvette C7.R 1'18.168 5.008
21 67 australia Ryan Briscoe 
united_kingdom Richard Westbrook 
GTLM Ford GT 1'18.297 5.137
22 24 united_states John Edwards 
finland Jesse Krohn 
GTLM BMW M8 GTE 1'18.533 5.373
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