Acura Team Penske ARX-05 Rolex 24 race report
The new Acura ARX-05 prototypes featured throughout the first half of the 24-hour endurance contest, with Helio Castroneves taking the overall lead in the seventh hour in the #7 Acura Team Penske entry he shared with Ricky Taylor and Graham Rahal. By the 10th hour, the Acura ARX-05s were running 1-2, with Taylor leading teammate Simon Pagenaud, co-driving the #6 Acura with Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron. The pair of Acura prototypes continued to pace the field through the 12-hour mark.
But in the 14th hour, Cameron was forced to take the #6 Acura to the garage area to replace the alternator and related components. The resulting long stop dropped the #6 ARX-05 out of the running for victory, but Cameron and his teammates recovered to finish ninth.
Just over an hour later, contact between the second-place Castroneves and third-running Felipe Nasr caused extensive damage to the #7 Acura ARX-05, sending the second Acura to the garage for repairs. Approximately 40 minutes later, the #7 ARX-05 returned to action, ultimately finishing 10th.