From 9 to 12 October, the IMSA Weathertech Championship final was held during the traditional “Petit Le Mans” meeting at Road Atlanta. Team Penske and Acura ARX-05 won the Constructors, Teams and Drivers titles; the result of a team effort and a duo of drivers – Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya – particularly powerful!
This success rewards a partnership between Acura-HPD, Team Penske and ORECA Technology, and started in 2017. After the development in the summer of 2017 and the first race start given to Daytona in January 2018, the Team has earned not less 4 victories including 3 in 2019 (Mid-Ohio, Belle-Isle and Laguna), and 5 poles including 3 in 2019 (Long Beach, Road America, Laguna Seca). During the famous Petit Le Mans event, Juan-Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron reached their goal with a fourth-place synonymous with the coronation, five points ahead of the defending champion. They can boast of having an excellent season punctuated by 3 victories and 7 podiums in a row. The sister car, driven by Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves, was third in the race and the Championship.
For Team Penske, this is the first IMSA title since 2008. For ORECA Technology, it is the first overall in this championship and therefore the satisfaction of a mission accomplished with one of the most famous American teams, victorious in NASCAR and IndyCar. It is also the result of a good technical collaboration with Acura and Honda Performance Development.
In the LMP2 category, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports also gets the title Teams and Drivers, through Matt McMurry. In total, 6 victories out of 8 races during the season allowed the team to win the prize! Vice-Champion, Performance Tech won the Endurance Cup, while Cameron Cassels won the Trueman-Akin Award.
On the American side, spirits have already turned to the 24 Hours of Daytona, the first round of the 2020 championship scheduled for January. Team Penske will now have to defend their title with Acura ARX-05s who will try to win for the first time in Florida. In LMP2, the plateau promises to be more elaborate.