General Motors IMSA dominance on the streets of the Detroit is over, with Acura’s Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron winning Saturday’s Chevrolet Sportscar Classic from Detroit’s Belle Isle Park.
Acura’s win marked the first time a GM car had not won its class in an IMSA race at Belle Isle in over ten years, with either a Chevrolet or a Cadillac standing atop one of the podiums every year from 2007 through 2018 – including overall victories in DP/Protoype from 2012 to 2018.
The Acuras, along with the two Mazdas, seemed to have the leg up on the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs all weekend long – save for the always quick No. 31 Whelen Engineering car of Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani. The Brazilian duo fought near the front of the pack all day Saturday, but couldn’t truly challenge the pole-sitting Acura of Montoya and Cameron and ultimately settled for second. Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor finished third in the second Acura entry.
The second best Cadillac on track was the No. 84 entry of Simon Trummer and Stephen Simpson, which finished just ahead of the other yellow JDC-Miller entry of Misha Goikhberg and Tristan Vautier in fifth.
As usual, the Corvette Racing GTE class were not racing in Detroit, as many of the GTE teams and drivers are away preparing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The GTD class was won by the AIM-Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC-F GT3 of Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand.
The next race of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech Championship is the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on Sunday, June 30. Click here for full results from Detroit.
Photos by Jake Galstad via IMSA