Acura tops Mid-Ohio warm-up

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Acura tops Mid-Ohio warm-up


Acura tops Mid-Ohio warm-up


It’s still chilly at Mid-Ohio, with the Sunday morning warm-up run in 47-degree temperatures under overcast skies. However, conditions are expected to improve for today’s Acura Sports Car Challenge, with sunny skies forecast for the 1:40 p.m. ET start and the remainder of the two-hour, 40-minute race. The mercury is expected to break the 60-degree mark.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams spent Sunday morning’s 20-minute warm-up session scrubbing in slick tires, due to the limited dry track time on both Friday and Saturday.

“We’re warming up our bodies, because it’s cold,” said Pipo Derani, driver of the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R. “It’s never good when it rains for both of your sessions on Friday. Now, we’re doing everything we can to get ready for the race.”

Juan Pablo Montoya ran the fastest lap of the incident-free session, a 1m15.392s in the No. 6 Team Penske Acura DPi. Matt McMurry led LMP2, 1m17.074s in the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA Gibson; Earl Bamber was fastest in GTLM, 1m21.390s in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR; and Bill Auberlen paced GTD, 1m22.077s in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M8 GTLM.

The lone car in the 36-car field not to take advantage of the warm-up was the No. 19 Moorespeed Audi R8 LMS GT3 of Will Hardeman and Alex Riberas. The team recently tested at Mid-Ohio under similar conditions.

UP NEXT: The Acura Sports Car Challenge will be televised live on NBCSN at 1:30 p.m. ET.

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