COTA Friday: WEC, IMSA qualifying and CTSC race in books

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Easier to wrap up all (or most of) the action from Circuit of The Americas today in one post than to break them out over seven.

The three highlighted events were the FIA World Endurance Championship qualifying, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race. Notes are below:


Pole positions are set for the FIA World Endurance Championship Six Hours of Circuit of The Americas, the sixth round of the season. The Austin race follows the Mexico City round a couple weeks ago, which served as the halfway point of the season.

Audi has secured the pole for Saturday’s race in LMP1 and overall, with Andre Lotterer and the returning Benoit Treluyer qualifying the Audi R18 with a combined time of 1:45.842 average. Marcel Fassler completes the No. 7 Audi lineup. The second Audi is second with the first of the Porsches (No. 1) and first of the Toyotas (No. 6) on row two.

Signatech Alpine has the LMP2 pole with Gustavo Menezes and Nicolas Lapierre qualifying the No. 36 Alpine A460 Nissan, in the car they share with Stephane Richelmi. The trio has three wins this year, while RGR Sport has the other two, including the last round in Mexico City.

Aston Martin Racing scored a double pole in the GTE classes. The Dunlop-shod No. 95 Vantage V8 of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen took the GTE-Pro pole, while the Michelin-shod No. 98 car of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda will start up front in GTE-Am.

The race starts at 5 p.m. CT on Saturday, so 6 ET and 3 PT.

Qualifying times are linked here.

Practice session links from the weekend are below.


Ricky Taylor (Prototype), Robert Alon (Prototype Challenge), Ryan Briscoe (GT Le Mans) and Alex Riberas (GT Daytona) have scored pole positions for Saturday’s Lone Star Le Mans, the next-to-last round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

The two-hour, 40-minute race kicks off nearly nine hours of sports car racing on Saturday, with the FIA World Endurance Championship Six Hours of Circuit of The Americas to follow later Saturday evening.

Taylor co-drives the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP with brother Jordan Taylor, Alon the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca FLM09 with Tom Kimber-Smith, Briscoe the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT with Richard Westbrook and Riberas the No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R with Mario Farnbacher. The Nos. 52 and 67 cars are in the heat of championship battles in their respective classes, while the Nos. 10 and 23 cars have to have a bit of help in order to make it.

Taylor only edged Tristan Nunez’s No. 55 Mazda.

Qualifying times are linked here.

Meanwhile, session leaders in the three practice sessions were:

  • Thurs., Practice 1: P-Joao Barbosa, 1:58.813, PC-Tom Kimber-Smith, 2:01.131, GTLM-Dirk Mueller, 2:04.638, GTD-Jens Klingmann, 2:08.075
  • Thurs., Practice 2: P-Dane Cameron, 1:58.139, PC-Richard Bradley, 2:01.367, GTLM-Richard Westbrook, 2:04.107, GTD-Markus Palttala, 2:08.174
  • Fri., Practice 3: P-Joel Miller, 1:58.033, PC-Tom Kimber-Smith, 2:00.238, GTLM-Toni Vilander, 2:03.380, GTD-Alex Riberas, 2:07.116


The No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C of Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell have taken their fifth victory of the season in nine races this season in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, and are close to securing the GS class championship.

Johnson and Maxwell won the season opener at Daytona back in January, then won three races in a row from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Lime Rock Park and Road America before the CJ Wilson Racing pair of Marc Miller and Danny Burkett won last time out at VIRginia International Raceway.

The No. 12 Bodymotion Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport (Trent Hindman and Cameron Cassels) and No. 76 Compass360 Racing Ford (Pierre Kleinubing and Paul Holton) completed the podium.

In ST, Eric Foss and Jeff Mosing took the win in the No. 56 Porsche Cayman for Murillo Racing. HART’s No. 93 Honda Civic Si (Cameron Lawrence and Chad Gilsinger) and the No. 19 Rennsport One Porsche Cayman (Greg Strelzoff and Connor Bloum) were second and third.


There’s also Porsche GT3 Challenge USA by Yokohama and Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America action from Circuit of The Americas this weekend, and those notes will be up after the weekend.

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

Lap leader summary

Full lap chart

Best section times

Full section data

Event summary

Pit stop summary

Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



Engine manufacturers

Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.