IMSA: Sunday’s Roar Before the 24 final day results

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The third and final day of the Roar Before the 24 saw two more practice sessions as well as a qualifying session for all three classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. However, the qualifying was not to decide the starting grids, but rather pit stall and garage selection, with the fastest cars in each class earning the chance to have the first picks.

In that qualifying, the manufacturers and teams who have been strongest all weekend continued to flex their muscle. Below are reports about the day’s happenings from all three classes:

PROTOTYPE: FELIPE NASR QUALIFIES FIRST ACTION EXPRESS, CADILLAC

The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R from Action Express went fastest in qualifying, with Felipe Nasr turning a blistering time of 1:35.806, the fastest lap of any driver all weekend.

Second went to Tristan Vautier in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Cadillac, with Felipe Albuquerque making it an Action Express 1-3 by putting his No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac in third. Renger Van Der Zande put the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac in fourth, making it a Cadillac 1-2-3-4 in the first qualifying session of the year.

Fifth went to Acura Team Penske, which has seen steady improvement all weekend from their Acura ARX-05 machines. Dane Cameron ended up in fifth in the No. 6 entry, with the sister No. 7, in the hands of Ricky Taylor, qualifying sixth.

Of note: the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona entry led the Sunday morning practice (Practice 6 of the weekend), while the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing entry led the final practice of the weekend (Practice 7) on Sunday afternoon.

JOEY HAND PUTS FORD, CHIP GANASSI ON TOP IN GTLM

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, which dominated Saturday’s running of the Roar, went fastest in qualifying, with Joey Hand putting the No. 66 Ford GT on top. Second went to Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 Corvette Racing C7.R, the team’s best result of the weekend.

Ryan Briscoe was third in the sister No. 67 Chip Ganassi Ford, with Earl Bamber fourth in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR for Porsche GT Team. Fifth went to Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 entry from Corvette Racing.

Of note: the No. 66 Ford GT from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing was also fastest during Practice 6 of the weekend on Sunday morning, while the No. 912 Porsche went to the top of the time sheets in Practice 7 that afternoon.

GRT GRASSER RACING TEAM TOPS GT DAYTONA QUALIFYING

Mirko Bortolotti put the No. 11 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 on top of GT Daytona qualifying and continued a strong weekend for the GRT Grasser team, which had held the fastest lap of the GT Daytona field entering Sunday.

Andy Lally put the Magnus Racing No. 44 Audi R8 LMS GT3 in second, followed by Patrick Long in the No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3 R. Fourth went to the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 from Michael Shank Racing, with the No. 69 HART Racing Acura NSX GT3 in fifth.

Of note: Paul Miller Racing took a brief stint at the top of the GTD leaderboard in Practice 6 with their No. 48 Lamborghini Huracan GT3, while GRT Grasser’s second entry, the No. 19 Lamborghini, went quickest in Practice 7.

Results from Sunday are linked below:

Practice 6
Practice 7
Qualifying
Combined Results

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X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.