2019 Petit Le Mans Qualifying Report

2019 Petit Le Mans Qualifying Report

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Qualifying Report
Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

Date: Oct. 11, 2019
Event: Motul Petit Le Mans (Round 10 of 10)
Series: Daytona Prototype international division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Location: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (2.54-mile, 12-turn road course)
Pole Winner: Felipe Nasr of Action Express Racing (1:08.457 at133.572 mph)
Result: 8th by Renger van der Zande (1:09.253 at 132.037 mph)

The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R will start Saturday’s season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans from the outside of the fourth row after IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying Friday at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

Renger van der Zande, who with full-time co-driver Jordan Taylor and third endurance driver Matthieu Vaxiviere is seeking the team’s second consecutive and third overall victory in this iconic event, clocked a fast lap of 1 minute, 9.253 seconds at 132.037 mph around the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course. It was good for eighth among the 34 car-and-driver combinations that will take the green flag for Saturday’s 10-hour marathon.

“It felt like qualifying went really well as far as putting a lap together – I felt I was on it, I felt I got the most out of the car that it had, but obviously the speed or the lap time is not coming out of it,” said van der Zande, who won this event a year ago from the 12th starting position with Taylor and IndyCar Series regular Ryan Hunter-Reay on a dramatic, last-lap pass for the lead just two turns from the start-finish line. “The feeling I get is we’re not getting the bite out of the tires that we should, which means that we’re kind of on top of the track and not getting the most out of the tires, right now. I don’t know if it’s pressures or temperatures or something in the car, it makes it very hard to get the most out of it. That’s it for today. Tomorrow is a long race and we have some marks to hit to score points in the Endurance Cup. It’s going to be strategy-wise that we’ll have to do a lot of work, and we have some work to do to make the car better between now and then.”

The top-five qualifiers for Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans are:

1. Action Express Racing (No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R) Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani, Eric Curran (1:08.457 at 133.572 mph)

2. Acura Team Penske (No. 7 Acura DPi) Ricky Taylor, Helio Castroneves, Graham Rahal (1:08.598 at133.297 mph)

3. Action Express Racing (No. 5 Cadillac DPi-V.R) Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa, Mike Conway (1:08.629 at 133.237 mph)

4. Acura Team Penske (No. 6 Acura DPi) Dane Cameron, Juan Montoya, Simon Pagenaud (1:08.802 at132.902 mph)

5. Mazda Team Joest (No. 77 Mazda DPi) Timo Bernhard, Tristan Nunez, Oliver Jarvis (1:08.847 at132.815 mph)

The green flag flies at 12:05 p.m. EDT Saturday with live television beginning on NBC at noon. Live timing and scoring and in-car camera video will be available at IMSA.com.