Mazda Team Joest led the opening practice session for Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event at Road America.
Oliver Jarvis moved the No. 77 RT24-P ahead of the field (1m52.627s) by a tiny margin over Scott Sharp in the No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi (+0.020s) and Stephen Simpson in the No. 99 JDC-Miller/GAINSCO Motorsports ORECA 07-Gibson P2 (+0.189s).
In GT Le Mans, a proper representation was given as all four manufacturers were represented in the top four. Led by the Porsche GT Team’s Patrick Pilet in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR (2m04.082s), Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia wasn’t far behind in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R (+0.192s), nor was Dirk Muller in the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT (+0.259s). BMW Team RLL’s Jesse Krohn was fourth in his No. 24 BMW M8 GTE (+0.715s).
In GT Daytona, Magnus Racing’s Andy Lally continued the team’s hot streak with the fastest lap in his No. 44 Audi R8 LMS GT3 (2m07.48s). Jack Hawksworth did the same with his No. 15 3GT Racing Lexus RC F (+0.124s) and Jorg Bergmeister in the returning No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R (+0.215s).
The one-hour session was halted at the end of the first lap when the No. 22 Nissan driven by Pipo Derani caught fire and trailed sizable flames until the Brazilian pulled off ahead of the final corner and climbed out unharmed. The session was also delayed toward the end when Ben Keating had a heavy hit in the No. 33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3.
UP NEXT: Free Practice 2, 5:10 p.m. ET