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IMSA: Juan Pablo Montoya fastest in opening practice at Daytona

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Juan Pablo Montoya was fastest Friday night in the opening IMSA practice session for the WeatherTech 240 at Daytona International Speedway.

Montoya’s lap of 1 minute, 35.960 seconds in Team Penske’s No. 6 Acura bested the No. 31 Cadillac of Pipo Derani (1:35.976) and Harry Tincknell’s No. 55 Mazda (1:36.013) in the DPi class.

Derani’s co-driver for the weekend is Gabby Chaves after teammate Felipe Nasr tested positive Thursday for COVID-19.

SPEED CHART: Click here for results from Friday’s practice at Daytona

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“I am so excited to be back in the car,” said Montoya, who won the DPi championship with teammate Dane Cameron last year. “Dane came in from practice and said, ‘The car feels pretty good and I think you are going to like it.’ I said, ‘Ah, thank you, no pressure!’ And, he was right. I think we have a really good race car. I felt comfortable, and I love driving this car. Everyone on the team is so excited to be back at the track.”

In other divisions, Laurens Vanthoor led GTLM in a Porsche 911 RSR-19, and Toni Vilander paced the GTD class in a Ferrari 488 GT3.

There will be another practice Saturday morning followed by qualifying for each class.

The WeatherTech 240 will take place at 6 p.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN.

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.