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IMSA: Penske, Ganassi take Long Beach poles
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship joins the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend on the streets of the Long Beach for their shortest race of the year, the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix.
Therefore, it seems only fitting that the teams who will lead the Prototype and GT Le Mans fields to the green are IndyCar teams, and a pair of IndyCar stalwarts at that.
A thrilling qualifying session saw track records fall for both classes, with some last-minute heroics coming to the fore in the GTLM class as well.
It was only a matter of time before the powerhouse Acura Team Penske squad scored its first noteworthy result in IMSA competition, and it came at the hands of Juan Montoya, who put the No. 6 ARX-05 on pole and set a new IMSA track record with a quick lap of 1:12.922, the only Prototype time in the 1:12 bracket.
Montoya’s lap was able to withstand challenges from Felipe Nasr in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R for Action Express, with Nasr qualifying second on a lap of 1:13.109.
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- Date: 2018-04-14T02:01:01+00:00
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Quite a lot has been going on:
Robert Wickens an instant fit in new IndyCar job
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) ‘ James Hinchcliffe made no secret of who he wanted as his new IndyCar teammate, lobbying hard for his childhood friend from Canada.
It wasn’t an easy sell because Robert Wickens had zero IndyCar experience, and after racing six seasons in Germany, he was hardly a household name. Hinchcliffe fought hard, though, and got his buddy at Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports this season.
Wickens has had an unbelievable start to his IndyCar career and could have gone into round three, Sunday’s race on the streets of Long Beach, with two victories already. He won the pole in his debut at St. Petersburg, led 69 laps and was on his way to the win until Alexander Rossi spun him on a late restart. He was the leader last Saturday night in Phoenix on the final restart until Josef Newgarden passed him for the win on fresher tires.
“Everyone thought I just wanted my buddy on the team, no one believed me when I said ‘No, this guy is really, really good,’ ” Hinchcliffe said.
The all-Canadian lineup has been a hit for the Schmidt team, which has shown through two races to have strong, fast Honda-powered cars. Hinchcliffe is sixth in the standings and Wickens is eighth, just 20 points behind leader Newgarden.
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