A late flyer by Dane Cameron has put Acura Team Penske atop the time charts in the opening day of track action for Sunday’s America’s Tire 250 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Cameron reeled off a session-topping 1:16.865 to go quickest on Friday and lead a 1-2 for the Penske Acura ARX-05s.
It was just 0.017 seconds quicker than the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R of Renger van der Zande, who was quickest in the opening session.
The Dutchman’s time stood as second quickest of the day, followed by the No. 7 Acura DPi of Helio Castroneves in third and Filipe Albuquerque’s No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi.
The No. 54 CORE autosport Oreca 07 Gibson of Colin Braun was fourth in the session and fifth overall on Friday, as the quickest LMP2 car.
Braun’s 1:17.284 lap was 0.419 seconds slower than Cameron’s pace-setting time.
Ford in Control of GT Le Mans
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing remained in control of GT Le Mans, with the No. 66 Ford GT of Dirk Mueller improving on teammate Richard Westbrook’s time from the morning.
The German laid down a 1:23.265 lap to go quickest, 0.162 seconds faster than the No. 67 Ford in the hands of Ryan Briscoe.
The pair of Corvette C7.Rs were third and fourth quickest in the session and on the day, followed by the No. 24 Team RLL BMW M8 GTE of John Edwards.
GT Daytona, meanwhile, was topped by the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Joerg Bergmeister, who recorded a best time of 1:25.148.
The No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 of Alvaro Parente was second, with the Practice 1 pace-setting No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 good enough for the third quickest time of the day.
Practice 3 is on tap for 8:30 a.m. PDT.