CORE autosport and Colin Braun completed its ownership of Friday’s IMSA practice activities at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park by topping the second practice session over Acura Team Penske’s Dane Cameron.
Braun held nearly a full one-second lead over Cameron in the first session with his spec WEC ORECA 07-Gibson LMP2 machine, but the gap was almost erased in the afternoon as the CORE driver (1m6.902s) barely edged the Acura pilot (+0.037s).
“I think it was, for us, a good day,” Braun said. “Obviously, we’ve never been to Mosport before [with this car], so we’re just trying to understand what this track needs. We didn’t get a chance to test here. Yeah, for us and the first time here, and it’s one of my favorite racetracks. I really like this place. I liked it back in the PC days.
“The guys worked hard between Watkins Glen and Mosport to get our car ready. Just business as usual. Jon did a really nice job in the last practice, so yeah, I’m feeling good about it.”
Cameron’s Penske teammate Helio Castroneves was third (+0.979s), yet only completed half of the available practice time.
Castroneves went off twice in consecutive laps at Moss Corner, and his last adventure in the ARX-05 DPi brought out a red flag. The Brazilian’s solo spin and crash ended their day halfway through the session. Heavy damage to the back of the car, with the right-rear suffering the largest impact, required plenty of trackside cleanup and a return of the Acura to the paddock on a flatbed truck. The three-time Indy 500 winner walked to the emergency vehicles under his own power.
The Performance Tech Racing Prototype did not compete in the second session after announcing it would withdraw from the event after Kyle Masson crashed hard in Turn 1 during the first session.
The Porsche and Corvette factory teams maintained their positions atop the GT Le Mans category with Nick Tandy taking the lead in his 911 RSR (1m14.357s). Corvette’s Antonio Garcia (+0.400s) and Tommy Milner (+0.487s) were bookended by the second Porsche driven by Laurens Vanthoor (+0.602s).
“The track is quick today, so the cars feel really fast out there,” Tandy said. “It’s fun to drive. Turn 1 and 2, it’s a lot of fun with the high-downforce GTLM cars. It’s obviously nice to be quick, to have both cars top both sessions.”
Alvaro Parente took Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura to the top of GT Daytona (1m16.574s), but had Canada’s Kyle Marcelli close behind in his 3GT Racing Lexus RC F (+0.095s), and Wright Motorsports’ Wolf Henzler was a competitive third in his Porsche 911 GT3 R (+0.100s).
UP NEXT: Free Practice 3, 8:30 a.m. ET Saturday.