The first five hours of the ten hour Petit Le Mans, one of IMSA's four marquee endurance races and one of only three held at its traditional venue this year, were going one way. With ten minutes to go before the halfway mark, the race quickly swung in another direction.
The #6 Acura of Dane Cameron, Simon Pagenaud, and Juan Pablo Montoya had led the majority of the race, building a comfortable gap over the rest of the DPi field. Then, an incident. Cameras failed to pick up what actually happened to the #6 car, but it was stopped on track next to another prototype when a separate incident involving the #77 Mazda and the #63 GTD Ferrari happened a few corners earlier. The two incidents together brought out a safety car, the Mazda's day was effectively over, and the #6 Acura resumed with slight nose damage.
The car is repaired, and now running fifth in class. The #7 Acura now leads, albeit by a much smaller margin over the #10 Cadillac of Wayne Taylor Racing. In all likelihood, this will be a battle between Acuras and Corvettes; The #77 Acura is in the garage with significant damage, while the #55 Mazda is many laps down of the class leaders.
In GTLM, the #24 BMW leads what is now a five-car race after the #24 BMW had a mechanical issue in hour 2. All three contending teams seem competitive on pace, and the top three includes a BMW, a Porsche, and a Corvette.
The #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini leads in GTD, ahead of the #63 Scuderia Corse Ferrari involved in the earlier incident and the #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura and #12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus that have been the dominant forces in the secondary GT class throughout the season.
Just two cars remain on the lead lap in LMP2, with the #52 PR1 Mathiasen car leading the #8 Starworks entry.
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