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Free Practice Notes From Laguna Seca, Acuras Top FP2 & FP3

Corvette and Ford in GTLM


Yesterday’s Free Practice 2 session concluded with Juan Pablo-Montoya setting the pace in the #6 Acura ARX-05c, his best lap time was a 1:16.003.

Right on his tail, showing off the pace that many knew the Cadillac DPi-V.R. could produce, was Felipe Nasr in the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac. His best time was just 0.078 seconds off the time set by Montoya.

Not wanting to be left out of the party was the #77 Mazda RT-24P with Olivier Jarvis on board. Jarvis’ best time was a 1:16.421.

Corvette Racing led a 1-2 in Free Practice 2 with the #3 Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia besting Olivier Gavin in the #4 Corvette C7.R by one-tenth of a second. Garcia’s best time was 1:22.833. That car completed the most laps in the session at 26.

The #911 Porsche 911 RSR, which ended the first Free Practice session in seventh moved up the order to end this session in third. Patrick Pilet set the pace in that car with a best time of 1:23.351.

A Lamborghini Huracan once again set the pace in GT Daytona. This time it was the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini with Bryan Sellers setting the pace with a best time of 1:25.246.

Matt Plumb in the #76 Compass Racing McLaren 720s GT3 finished the session in second with a best time of 1:25.323.

Kyle Masson in the #38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA 07 topped the LMP2 sheets. Masson beat the best time set by the #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA 07 by four-tenths of a second. Masson’s time was a full second quicker than his best time in Free Practice 1.

Weathertech Qualifying is scheduled for later today.


Ricky Taylor in the #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05c topped the charts in Free Practice 3 with the best time of 1:15.497. He was followed by his teammate Juan Pablo-Montoya in the #6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05c who set a time of 1:15.857.

Renger Van Der Zande in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. ended the session in third with that car’s quickest time being a 1:16.035.

Third in DPi and 0.053 seconds was Olivier Jarvis in the #77 Mazda RT-24P, his best time was a 1:16.088

Richard Westbrook in the #67 Ford GT led the field in GT Le Mans with the best time of a 1:22.034. Tom Blomqvist was 0.230 seconds behind in the #25 BMW M8 GTE.

Dirk Mueller put the second Ford GT in the top three with a time of 1:22.528, that time came later in the session as opposed to many of the other quick GTLM times which were set early in the going.

The #96 Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GT3 and Robbie Foley led GT Daytona with the best time of 1:24.523. The #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan and the #44 Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracan ended the session in second and third.

The Lamborghinis have shown strong pace all weekend, topping the charts in FP1 and FP2 yesterday.

Kyle Masson bested Matt McMurry by 0.834 seconds in LMP2. The #38 Performance Tech ORECA 07 has thus lead two out of the three practice sessions this weekend.

There was a brief red flag in the session caused by Helio Castroneves in the #7 Acura. Castroneves went off into the gravel at the top of the corkscrew, the car continued without damage.

Pics copyright IMSA, Acura, Porsche and Ryan Kish