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Cameron, Acura Score Pole for 12H Sebring

Dane Cameron secures pole for Acura Team Penske ahead of 12H Sebring…

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

Dane Cameron gave Acura Team Penske overall pole position for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in Friday morning’s qualifying session.

He posted a best time of 1:45.865 after also going quickest in Practice 4 earlier in the day driving the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 that he shares with Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud.

Tristan Nunez placed second in the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P which he co-drives with Oliver Jarvis and Timo Bernhard.

Helio Castroneves set exactly the same lap time as Nunez, both 0.146 seconds slower than Cameron, but had to settle for third having logged his time later in the session than the Mazda Team Joest driver.

This meant Penske wasn’t able to lock out the front row with its pair of Acura DPis.

Action Express Racing’s two Cadillac DPi-V.Rs qualified fourth and fifth, with Filipe Albuquerque’s Mustang Sampling Racing-entered car ahead of the Whelen Engineering-backed car of Pipo Derani.

Most of the DPi field was relatively close in qualifying with the top five less than half a second apart.

Matt McMurry narrowly won pole in LMP2 late in the session, going just 0.011 seconds quicker than Kyle Masson.

This kept PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ sweep of the class in every session this weekend going, but Performance Tech Motorsports was considerably closer than in previous sessions.

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring gets underway at 10:40 a.m. EDT on Saturday.

RESULTS: Qualifying

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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