Acura Team Penske extends DPi points lead in IMSA WeatherTech series after podium finish in Canada

Juan Pablo Montoya qualified the No. 6 Acura fourth before moving the car up one place during the race on Sunday. Dane Cameron held the third position after the driver switch.

While Mazda continued to make noise in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a second consecutive 1-2 finish, there’s plenty of reasons to be smiling over at rival Acura Team Penske.

Dane Cameron brought home the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi in third place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday. The finish was the fifth straight podium for Cameron and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya.

More important, Cameron and Montoya increased their lead in the driver and team championship. Cameron and Montoya and Acura Team Penske left Canada with a three-point lead in the driver championship, the team championship and the manufacturer’s championship.

The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi of drivers Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr is second in the driver and team standings. The Acura Team Penske No. 7 sister car of Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor is third in the season driver standings, nine points back of the leaders.

The No. 77 Mazda Team Joest entry of Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez – winners on Sunday – are in fourth place, 19 points back.

The No. 31 of Nasr and Eric Curran won the Prototype class a year ago for Whelen Engineering Racing and Cadillac.

“I’m very proud of where we are with this No. 6 Acura team,” Cameron said. “Everyone is executing, I think we’re firing on all cylinders, which is what you want when it comes to this part of the season. We extended our points lead, which is the name of the game when you come here. 

“At the end of the year, every point counts. It’s been a tough stretch for the guys the past couple of weeks, so I’m really grateful for everyone’s efforts. The next few tracks (on the schedule) should be pretty good for us. It’s time to make every one count.”

There are just three DPi races left on the IMSA calendar. IMSA’s next stop – Lime Rock Park on July 19-20 – will not include the DPi class. Next up for the DPi teams will be the Aug 2-4 weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

“We’re very consistent and that has us right in the hunt for the championship,’ Castroneves said. “We’d like to have a win or two right now, but I think the next round of Balance of Performance adjustments will put everyone back on a bit of an even playing field for the rest of the year.

“We have an important test coming up at Road America next week and I think that we will be really strong there to set up a run to the championship race.”

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