IMSA: Cameron leads Team Penske to 1-2 finish at Laguna Seca

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Dane Cameron lead Acura Team Penske to a 1-2 finish in the Monterey SportsCar Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Sunday afternoon, leading teammate Helio Castroneves to the checkered flag by a margin of nearly 10 seconds.

The 1-2 finish is the 90th sports car victory for the legendary team, and it came in the team’s 200th start.

Castroneves’ co-driver Ricky Taylor started the race from the pole position and led early on, but eventually lost the lead to Cameron on lap 42.

When Taylor handed the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 over to Castoneves, the gap between the two Penske entries grew to nearly 20 seconds, as the three-time Indy 500 winner went off-course on his out lap.

Though Castoneves was able to slowly bridge the gap between the Penske entries, Cameron continued to hold on a healthy lead, and easily scored the victory.

The win was the third of the season for Cameron and co-driver Juan Pablo Montoya, and they were able to extend their championship lead to 12 points over Whelen Engineering Racing’s duo of Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani, who finished the race in the third position.

LMP2: PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports scores fifth consecutive victory

Matt McMurry and Dalton Kellett easily took the top honors in LMP2, taking the No .52 Oreca 07 Gibson to victory lane for the fifth consecutive race, winning by one lap over the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports entry of Cameron Cassels and Kyle Masson.

“It’s been the perfect weekend,” McMurry told NBC Sports. “The car has been great all year.

“I just got to say thanks to the team and all of the co-drivers I’ve worked with this season. Everyone has done a fantastic job.”

GTLM: Hand, Mueller reach score first victory in over a year

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s duo of Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller scored their first class victory since Lime Rock in 2018, with the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE of Jesse Krohn and John Edwards finishing second after starting the race from the pole position.

Mueller took the lead early on in the race when Krohn lost drive coming out of Turn 1 on Lap 1. He continued to remain in the lead until the first round of pit stops approximately an hour into the race, ceding the lead to Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R.

With the Corvettes on a different pit strategy than the rest of the GTLM field, the No. 3 had to come in for its final stop with roughly 40 minutes remaining in the race.

Thus, the No. 66 Ford – now with Hand behind the wheel – took the lead back when Garcia made his stop. Hand continued to pace the field through the checkered flag.

Garcia and co-driver Jan Magnussen rounded out the GTLM podium.

GTD: Lewis, Sellers claim first victory of season

After winning the GTD pole Saturday afternoon, Corey Lewis led early on in Sunday’s race before making handing over driving duties to co-driver Bryan Sellers on lap 40.

Sellers easily led through the checkered flag, defeating Toni Vilander in the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 shared with Cooper MacNeil by over a half a minute.

“Today was a great day,” Sellers told NBC Sports. “When you look at how our race unfolded, it was a perfect team day.

“Corey put in a great stint. The car was fantastic.”

Andy Lally and John Potter rounded out the GTD podium. finishing third in the No. 44 Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship now heads to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for the final race of the 2019 season, the Motul Petit Le Mans. Live race coverage begins Saturday, October 12 at 12 p.m. ET on NBC. 

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Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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