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Entry List Notebook – Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship


WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, Calif.

October 30 – November 1, 2020

Fast Facts

Race Day/Time: Sunday, November 1 – 4:05 p.m. ET

TV Broadcast on NBCSN: Same day delay at 6:30 p.m. ET

TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold Coverage: LIVE – Flag-to-flag beginning at 4 p.m. ET

IMSA.com/TVLive Live Qualifying Stream: Sunday, November 1 – 11:25 a.m.

IMSA Radio: All sessions live on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com; SiriusXM live race coverage begins Sunday at 4 p.m. (Sirius channel 217, XM 202, Internet 972)

Circuit Type: 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course

Race Length: Two hours, 40 minutes

Track Social Media: Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @WeatherTechRcwy

Event Hashtags: #IMSA, #IMSAMonterey

Entry List (Click Here)

WeatherTech Championship Track Records

Qualifying:

DPi: Ricky Taylor, Acura DPi, 1:15.035 / 107.373 mph, September 2019

LMP2: Kyle Masson, ORECA LMP2, 1:16.817 / 104.882 mph, September 2019

GTLM: Jesse Krohn BMW M8 GTE, 1:21.557 / 98.787 mph, September 2019

GTD: Katherine Legge, Acura NSX GT3, 1:24.456 / 95.396 mph, September 2018

2019 Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Winners:

DPi: Juan Pablo Montoya/Dane Cameron, No. 6 Acura Team Penske Acura DPi

LMP2: Matt McMurry/Dalton Kellett, No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2

GTLM: Joey Hand/Dirk Mueller, No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Ford Racing GT

GTD: Bryan Sellers/Corey Lewis, No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3

Storylines

  • Homestretch Run, Different Finish Line: Four the fourth straight year, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca plays host to the penultimate race on the WeatherTech Championship schedule. In the past three seasons, the WeatherTech Raceway event has preceded the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. In this pandemic-influenced year of 2020, however, the schedule has been reshuffled and the season finale will be the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts at Sebring International Raceway on Nov. 14.
  • DPi Points Battles Rages On: The Daytona Prototype international (DPi) championship is still up for grabs with two races remaining. Renger van der Zande and Ryan Briscoe pushed their lead in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R to eight points following a surprise win in Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans. Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor (No. 7 Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05 DPi) are second in the standings, four points ahead of Pipo Derani, who shares the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac with Felipe Nasr. A late collision between Taylor and Derani opened the door for van der Zande to win the Motul Petit Le Mans and stoked emotions heading to WeatherTech Raceway.
  • GTD Championship Wide Open: There’s a new points leader atop the WeatherTech Championship GT Daytona (GTD) standings coming into the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship. Aaron Telitz has split time between AIM Vasser Sullivan’s two Lexus entries in 2020. He has a two-point lead over Jack Hawksworth, with whom he’s sharing the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 the rest of the season. Hovering just two points behind Hawksworth are No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche GT3R drivers Patrick Long and Ryan Hardwick. In fourth place, seven points from the lead, are last year’s GTD champion Mario Farnbacher and No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 co-driver Matt McMurry.
  • Sprint Cup Finale: The IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup, consisting of the seven GTD non-endurance races, wraps up with the WeatherTech Raceway event. Holding a sizable 19-point advantage that includes three wins, No. 14 Lexus drivers Hawksworth and Telitz will clinch the Sprint Cup by starting the race on Nov. 1.
  • Clinchers for LMP2, GTLM? The driver titles in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) and GT Le Mans (GTLM) classes could be decided at WeatherTech Raceway. In LMP2, Patrick Kelly (No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07) has a 34-point lead over Dwight Merriman and Kyle Tilley, who currently are not slated to race. In GTLM, Antonio Garcia and Ricky Taylor (No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C8.R) hold a 28-point advantage over teammates Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner (No. 4 Corvette). If Garcia and Taylor add seven points to the gap, they will clinch the crown.

Who’s Hot?

  • 7 Acura Team Penske: Despite the controversial collision near the end of the Motul Petit Le Mans, Taylor salvaged a second-place finish that came on the heels of three straight wins for him and Castroneves. Their teammates, Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 6 Acura, won last year’s event at WeatherTech Raceway on their way to the championship. A win for Taylor and Castroneves could put them in position to do the same and provide Team Penske an appropriate swansong as it exits DPi competition after this season.
  • WeatherTech, WeatherTech, WeatherTech: Cooper MacNeil and Alessandro Balzan (along with Jeff Westphal) are fresh off a GTD win at Motul Petit Le Mans in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3, and the stars couldn’t seem to be better aligned in the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship. MacNeil and Balzan will drive in the WeatherTech-sponsored car, at the WeatherTech-named track, in the WeatherTech-sponsored series. Also, Balzan won in a Ferrari at WeatherTech Raceway along with Christina Nielsen in 2017.
  • Corvette Racing: The class-leading No. 3 of Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia has finished first or second in five of the past six GTLM races. That string might be in jeopardy, however. While the team has more wins (7) at WeatherTech Raceway than any other, Corvette Racing hasn’t been victorious at the track since 2014.

Who’s Good Here?

  • Patrick Long and Oliver Gavin: Long is the leader among entered drivers in past wins at WeatherTech Raceway with five. Gavin is second with four. However, Long hasn’t been victorious at the track in nine years, Gavin in eight.
  • BMW Team RLL: With three GTLM wins in the past five WeatherTech Raceway events, Team RLL must be considered a favorite. There’s likely extra incentive, since what looked like a certain victory at Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans slipped away when the No. 24 BMW had an off-track excursion while leading in the final hour and wound up third.

Previous Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Winners in 2020 Field (22)

Patrick Long (5) – ALMS GT2 – 2005, 2009; DP – 2007; ALMS GT – 2010, 2011

Oliver Gavin (4) – ALMS GT1 – 2005, 2007, 2008; ALMS GT – 2012

Dane Cameron (3) – GT – 2012; GTD – 2014; DPi – 2019

Antonio Garcia (3) – DP – 2012; ALMS GT – 2013; GTLM – 2014

John Edwards (2) – GTLM – 2015, 2017

Andy Lally (2) – GT – 2007, 2013

Tommy Milner (2) – GT – 2005; ALMS GT – 2012

Spencer Pumpelly (2) – ALMS GT – 2011; GTD – 2015

Renger van der Zande (2) – PC – 2014; P – 2017

Bill Auberlen (1) – ALMS GT – 2005

Alessandro Balzan (1) – GTD – 2017

Ryan Briscoe (1) – GTLM – 2016

Connor De Phillippi (1) – GTLM – 2018

Pipo Derani (1) – P – 2018

Mario Farnbacher (1) – GTD – 2016

Matt McMurry (1) – LMP2 – 2019

Juan Pablo Montoya (1) – DPi/Overall – 2019

Alvaro Parente (1) – GTD – 2018

John Potter (1) – GT – 2013

Bryan Sellers (1) – GTD – 2019

Jordan Taylor (1) – DP – 2013

Nick Tandy (1) – ALMS GTC – 2013

Previous Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Winning Pole Winners in 2020 Field (15)

Ricky Taylor (3) – DP – 2011; P – 2017; DPi – 2019

Jordan Taylor (2) – P – 2015, 2018

John Edwards (1) – GT – 2013

Oliver Gavin (1) – GTLM – 2018

Jesse Krohn (1) – GTLM – 2019

Patrick Long (1) – DP 2006

Spencer Pumpelly (1) – GTD – 2014

Previous Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Winning Teams in 2020 Field (12)

Corvette Racing (7) – ALMS GTS – 2004; ALMS GT1 – 2005, 2007, 2008; ALMS GT – 2012, 2013; GTLM – 2014

Acura Team Penske (4) – ALMS P2 – 2005, 2006, 2007; DPi – 2019

BMW Team RLL (3) – GTLM – 2015, 2017, 2018

AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (3) – ALMS PC – 2013; PC – 2016; LMP2 – 2019

Meyer Shank Racing (2) – P – 2016; GTD – 2018

Wayne Taylor Racing (2) – DP – 2006, 2013

CORE autosport/Porsche GT Team (1) – ALMS PC – 2012

GRT Magnus (1) – GT – 2013

Paul Miller Racing (1) – GTD – 2019

Scuderia Corsa (1) – GTD – 2017

Turner Motorsport (1) – GTD 2014

Previous Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Winning Manufacturers in 2020 Field (10)

Porsche – 18

Chevrolet – 11

BMW – 9

Audi – 8

Ferrari – 6

Acura – 5

Mazda – 3

Aston Martin – 2

Lamborghini – 1

Lexus – 1