Date: May 4, 2019
Event: IMSA Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio (Round 4 of 10)
Series: Daytona Prototype international division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Location: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington (2.258-mile, 13-turn road course)
Pole Winner: Oliver Jarvis of Mazda Team Joest (1:10.705 at114.967 mph – track record)
Result: 7th by Renger van der Zande (1:12.525 at 112.082 mph)
The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R will start Sunday’s IMSA Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio from the inside of the fourth row after IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington.
Renger van der Zande, sharing the cockpit this weekend with full-time co-driver Jordan Taylor, clocked a fast lap of 1 minute, 12.525 seconds at 112.082 mph around the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course situated between Cleveland and Columbus. It was good for seventh among the 36 car-and-driver combinations that will take the green flag for Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute race.
“We shouldn’t be happy with where we are in qualifying, but we didn’t have any practice to set up the car and we didn’t have it very smooth here last year at Mid-Ohio – we knew had some work to do,” said van der Zande, who qualified fifth here a year ago this weekend and co-drove with Taylor to a fifth-place finish in a caution-free race. “We came here with a big list of things we wanted to try this weekend but we couldn’t do it (because of wet weather). This morning in practice, at least we had a few laps to set up the basics of the car, but there’s more to find out on this track. Even during this qualifying session, we learned a little bit, but there’s more to come. I think the qualifying lap I did, there wasn’t much more in it. In the end, there’s a long race tomorrow where a lot can happen. Hopefully it will and we’ll try our best.”
The top-five qualifiers for Sunday’s IMSA Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio are:
1. Mazda Team Joest (No. 77 Mazda DPi) Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez (1:10.705 at114.967 mph)
2. Acura Team Penske (No. 7 Acura DPi) Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor (1:10.727 at114.931 mph)
3. Acura Team Penske (No. 6 Acura DPi) Dane Cameron and Juan Montoya (1:10.806 at 114.803 mph)
4. Action Express Racing (No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R) Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr (1:11.721 at 113.338 mph)
5. Action Express Racing (No. 5 Cadillac DPi-V.R) Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque (1:12.320 at 112.400 mph)
The green flag flies at 1:40 p.m. EDT Sunday with live television coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. on NBCSN.
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