2:40 remaining: With the now-traditional Petit Le Mans season finale just a few weeks away, today's round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca marks a pivotal moment in every championship race in the series. This is, after all, the last non-endurance race of the season, the last chance to run hard for a win without having to worry about the consequences of a risky pass or a questionable fuel strategy four hours from now.
In DPi, the story of the weekend is a big balance-of-performance swing for the Cadillac entries, which come into this weekend both lighter and more powerful than when they last ran at Road America. This has already proven to be beneficial for leading Cadillac outfits Action Express Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing, who are showing competitive pace against the Mazda and Acura entries for the first time in in months. Every championship in that class is still up for grabs, and, in the IMSA points system, today is just as important as the upcoming ten-hour Petit Le Mans. Penske Racing's Acuras holds down the front row, followed by the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadilac, the #77 Joest Mazda, and the #31 Action Express Racing Cadillac.
GTLM will be led to the green by the #24 BMW, ahead of the #66 Ford and #25 BMW. Notably, the first Porsche, the #912, starts fourth, a tough spot for the manufacturer that leads the class championship in 1-2 fashion.
The GTD polesitter will be the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan, followed by the #86 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX, the #63 Scuderia Corse Ferrari 488, the #9 PFAFF Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, the #96 Turner Motorsports BMW, and the #76 Compass Racing McLaren 720S. That's six manufacturers in the top six positions.
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