The home state favorites at Acura Team Penske went 1-2 in the opening practice session at Mid-Ohio. With a bevy of guests from Acura’s Ohio production plant in attendance, Ricky Taylor set the pace in his No. 7 Acura ARX-05 DPi (1m13.601s) to lead teammate Juan Pablo Montoya in the sister No. 6 Acura by a healthy margin (+0.488s) as a mix of overcast and sunny skies met the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship field.
Action Express Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque was a distant third in his No. 5 Cadillac DPi-V.R (+1.007s), JDC-Miller Motorsports’ Simon Trummer was fourth – and first among the WEC P2s – in the No. 85 ORECA 07-Gibson (+1.139s) and Felipe Nasr completed the top five in his No. 31 AXR Cadillac (+1.140s).
In GT Le Mans, Porsche GT Team’s Earl Bamber led the factory entries with his No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR (1m20.148s). Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen wasn’t far off in his No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R (+0.319s), and completing a diverse top three, BMW Team RLL’s Jesse Krohn followed in the No. 24 BMW M8 GTLM (+0.556s).
Factory BMW driver Bill Auberlen, on loan to the Turner Motorsport GT Daytona team, was directly behind Krohn as the fastest GTD driver in the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 (1m20.803s). The other home state team, Meyer Shank Racing, made Acura happy with Lawson Aschenbach in second behind the wheel of the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 (+0.024s), and third was taken by 3GT Racing’s Jack Hawksworth in the No. 15 Lexus RCF GT3 (+0.453s).
Other than a brief off-track excursion or two, the session was free of contact and caution flags.
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