IMSA: Team Penske wins Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio

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Acura Team Penske fittingly took the overall victory in Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, with Juan Pablo Montoya leading Tristan Nunez and Mazda Team Joest to the checkered flag.

The victory was the second for Team Penske in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with the team’s first victory also coming at Mid-Ohio last year with Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor behind the wheel of the No. 7 machine.

This time, the other Penske Acura DPi was victorious, with co-driver Dane Cameron starting the race and keeping the No. 6 entry up front before handing the wheel over to Montoya to race to the finish.

“Dane did an an amazing job in qualifying and at the beginning of the race,” Montoya told NBCSN. “We had a great strategy, saved a bit of fuel, and had good stop[s] and good in and out laps.”

Jonathan Bomarito and NTT IndyCar Series regular Ryan-Hunter-Reay finished third in the No. 55 Mazda DPi, behind teammates Nunez and Oliver Jarvis in the No. 77. Mazda is still looking for its first Prototype win in the current WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and hasn’t earned a major Prototype class win since 2010 at Mid-Ohio in the old American Le Mans Series.

Vanthoor, Bamber win for Porsche in GTLM

Porsche took their third consecutive victory in the GT Le Mans class, with Laurens Vanthoor and Earl Bamber putting the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR in Victory Lane for the second consecutive race, having won the previous round at Long Beach. The No. 3 Corvette C7.R of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia finished second and Sebring winners Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy finished third in the No. 911 Porsche after serving a drive-through penalty for Pilet jumping the race start.

Hawksworth gives Vasser Sullivan the win in exciting GTD finish

In GT Daytona, Jack Hawksworth gave AIM Vasser Sullivan their first class victory after passing Meyer Shank Racing’s Mario Farnbacher on the restart with less than half an hour to go. Hawksworth, driving the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3, held on through the checkered flag despite constant pressure from Farnbacher, including a bold attempt to reclaim the lead on the final lap. Paul Miller Racing’s No. 48 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, driven by Ryan Hardwick and Bryan Sellers, rounded out the GTD podium.

McMurry, Lux easily take LMP2 win

The No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports entry of Matt McMurry and Eric Lux claimed the win in LMP2. Their only other competitors from Performance Tech Motorsports were involved in a Lap 1 crash with a GTD competitor, and ended up finishing 34 laps behind the LMP2 winners.

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The next race of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season is the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on Saturday, June 1. The 1 hour, 40 minute event on the streets of Detroit’s Belle Isle Park will feature both Daytona Prototype and GT Daytona entries. NBCSN will have live flag-to-flag coverage of the race, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.