|July 7, 2019|
IMSA Wire Service
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada – It took nearly seven years
for Mazda Team Joest to return to IMSA victory lane between a
victory at Road America in Aug. 2012 and last Sunday’s breakthrough
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win in the Sahlen’s
Six Hours of The Glen.
This time, it took just seven days. After finishing second in last
weekend’s 1-2 result at Watkins Glen, Tristan Nunez and Oliver
Jarvis took the victory in today’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
presented by Acura – leading a second straight 1-2 sweep for
Mazda Team Joest.
Jarvis grabbed the lead from teammate Harry Tincknell in the
No. 55 Mazda Daytona Prototype international (DPi) car on the
final pit stop with just under 50 minutes remaining in the race
and led the rest of the way, crossing the stripe 1.699 seconds ahead
of Tincknell. It was Jarvis’ third IMSA win and first since taking
the overall victory in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented
by Advance Auto Parts in 2013.
“It’s an amazing team effort,” Jarvis said. “Incredible. It’s been
an incredible 10 days with the team. We were all getting quite
bored of getting that question, ‘When were we going to get our
win?’ We always said we were close.
“I honestly believed if we got our first, to get the second seven
days later is amazing. What an effort. Mazda Team Joest puts so
much effort into this team, Multimatic and AER. This is a
culmination of a lot of work. It’s paid dividends in seven days.
For Nunez, it was his first overall IMSA race win and sixth class
victory. His most recent before Sunday was a Prototype Challenge
(PC) class win in the Grand Prix of Baltimore in 2013. Although
just 23 years of age, Nunez is in his seventh season as a Mazda
“I’ve been with the program since 2013 since we started the
diesel GX (class) car,” Nunez said. “I’ve said it multiple times,
it’s worth the wait. All the effort we’ve put in and the changes
we’ve made, I really think we have a full, strong package now.
“We have all the pieces checked off. It showed in the past two
weeks. You can’t get better than two, 1-2 finishes. It’s really a
dream come true. I’ve been dreaming about this moment since
I got signed on by [Mazda North American Operations Director
of Motorsports] John (Doonan) in the beginning. So, it really
hasn’t sunk in yet.”
Tincknell and co-driver Jonathan Bomarito combined to lead a
race-high 87 of 125 total laps in the No. 55, but a slight issue on
their final pit stop gave the lead and the win to the No. 77. Both
the Nos. 55 and 77 teams have finished on the podium in three
of the last four races.
Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron extended their lead in
the DPi class lead with a third-place run in the No. 6 Acura
Team Penske ARX-05 DPi. It was their fifth consecutive podium
result and they now lead No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac
DPi-V.R co-drivers Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr by three points,
207-204, after six of 10 DPi class races in 2019.
The No. 31 team finished fourth, followed by Ricky Taylor and
Helio Castroneves in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi.
Castroneves and Taylor remain third in the DPi point standings,
nine points in arrears of their leading No. 6 teammates.
In the LMP2 class, Matt McMurry and the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen
Motorsports ORECA team picked up their third-consecutive
class victory to move into the class points lead by two over the
No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA and its driver
pairing of Cameron Cassels and Kyle Masson. McMurry was
joined in the victory by Canadian Dalton Kellett, who made his
IMSA competition debut in the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix
presented by Acura.
“This half of the season is going great: Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen and
now here,” McMurry said. “The team’s just been performing
perfectly. The last three races the car’s been great. The execution
of the pit stops have been great. And our teammates have been
doing well this whole time too.”
“I actually got my start racing here probably eight or nine years
ago,” Kellett added. “And it feels amazing to get my first IMSA
win here. My parents’ house is 50 minutes west of here. This is
my hometown crowd. This feels amazing. PR1 guys have done a
good job the whole weekend. They were great. Matt really got me up
to speed with the setup, driver changes, that was all new to me.
I’m really happy.”
The race was red-flagged for eight minutes following a heavy crash
in Turn 2 by Victor Franzoni in the No. 50 Juncos Racing Cadillac
DPi-V.R. Franzoni was awake and alert and was transported to a
local hospital for further evaluation.
The DPi and LMP2 classes return to WeatherTech Championship
competition next month at Road America for the IMSA Road
Race Showcase on Sunday, Aug. 4.
The next race for the WeatherTech Championship is the first of
two GT-only races, the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park
in Lakeville, Connecticut on Saturday, July 20. The two-hour,
40-minute race will be televised on NBCSN starting at 10 p.m. ET.
It can be seen live on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com
at 3 p.m. ET.
IMSA Radio also will have live coverage throughout the weekend
at Lime Rock on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with race
coverage also airing on SiriusXM Radio. Tickets are available
now at LimeRock.com.
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