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Acura Team Penske Sweeps Front Row at Mid-Ohio

Helio Castroneves stole pole position with a rapid lap in the final moments of qualifying…

Photo: Brian Cleary/BCPix.com

Helio Castroneves jumped his Acura Team Penske teammate Dane Cameron in the final moments of qualifying to claim pole position for Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The Brazilian’s final lap in the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 dislodged Cameron’s No. 6 entry from the top spot, which the two teammates swapped several times throughout the session.

It is the second consecutive series pole for the team dating back to Juan Pablo Montoya’s qualifying effort at Long Beach last month.

After a difficult start to the weekend, Mazda Team Joest impressed by locking down the second row in qualifying, led by Oliver Jarvis in the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P.

Jonathan Bomarito was fourth in the No. 55 Mazda, while Renger Van Der Zande the fastest of the Cadillac DPi-V.R runners in fifth for Wayne Taylor Racing.

Edwards on GTE-Pro Pole

Ohioan John Edwards took pole position for Ohio-based BMW Team RLL in the hotly contested GT Le Mans class, followed closely by Nick Tandy’s Porsche 911 RSR and Alexander Sims in the sister BMW M8 GTE.

Edwards’ best lap of 1:17.853 was good enough for pole by 0.066 seconds, and just 0.079 seconds ahead of Sims’ third-place time.

Earl Bamber’s No. 912 Porsche and Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette Racing machine rounded out the top five, all within 0.261 seconds.

Lexus Front Row Sweep in GTD

3GT Racing locked out the top two spots in the GT Daytona class for Lexus with Jack Hawksworth leading home teammate Kyle Marcelli by 0.053 seconds to take class honors.

Hawksworth, driving the No 15 Lexus RC F GT3, was a full 0.565 seconds faster than Madison Snow’s Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3, the first non-Lexus entry on the qualifying charts.

Katherine Legge in the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 and Dillon Machavern in Turner Motorsport’s No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 completed the top five in class.

A final 20-minute warmup session is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. ET Sunday morning with the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Showdown set to commence at 1:05 p.m. ET Sunday afternoon.

Television coverage is available on FS2, plus live streaming audio courtesy of IMSA Radio.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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