Dario Franchitti leads warmup for Detroit Dual 2


Fresh off a sixth-place finish in yesterday’s first Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit race, Dario Franchitti topped the morning warmup session for this afternoon’s Dual 2 (3:50 p.m. ET, check local listings) on the 2.3-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park. Franchitti, who will start 16th in today’s 70-lap event, posted a quick lap of 77.9486 seconds in his No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

The four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion was followed by Dragon Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais, who posted the second-quickest lap of the morning at 78.0896 seconds in the No. 7 Chevrolet. Bourdais, who has four series titles of his own from his days in Champ Car, suffered stuck throttle issues yesterday in his 100th series start and was forced to swallow a 24th place result.

Third-quickest this morning with a lap of 78.2082 seconds was today’s pole sitter, Mike Conway. The quiet Englishman, who went from digging in his dad’s vegetable garden last weekend to the top step of the Motor City podium yesterday, will earn a $50,000 bonus prize if he follows up his emphatic victory in Dual 1 with another triumph today in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

Justin Wilson, who joined his DCR teammate on the podium with a third-place result yesterday, was fourth-quickest in the warmup with a time of 78.3546 seconds in his No. 19 Honda. A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato rounded out the Top 5 in the session (78.3757 seconds) and is hoping for a better outing today after a 19th-place finish on Saturday.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.



Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

Best sector times in qualifying

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