IMSA Results From Day 1 In Detroit

Nasr and Curran in the Cadillac DPi Prototype for Whelen Engineering Racing at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. Ian Shalapata.

Nasr and Curran in the Cadillac DPi Prototype for Whelen Engineering Racing at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018.
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(DETROIT, MI) – The IMSA SportsCar Championship Prototype and GT Daytona series took to the temporary street circuit on Belle Isle in Detroit for race 1 of a 2-race weekend on June 2. The 100 minute race on the 2.3 mile course, with both series running together, witnessed the continued dominance of General Motors at the Chevrolet sponsored Grand Prix.

Felipe Nasr in the Cadillac DPi Prototype for Whelen Engineering Racing at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. Ian Shalapata.

Felipe Nasr in the Cadillac DPi Prototype for Whelen Engineering Racing at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018.
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Felipe Nasr and Eric Curran in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-VR won the Prototype group just 1.016 seconds ahead of Ricky Taylor and former IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves. It was the 12th straight win for GM at Detroit.

“If you’re in a Cadillac, this is a good place to win,” said Curran. “I mean, all the guys and all the support from Cadillac and all the guys from GM, they’re all here. This is the place to be and the place to win in our Whelen Cadillac. I’m so excited.”

Curran previously won the event in 2015 and his 8th IMSA win while the victory was Nasr’s career first. Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya, another IndyCar veteran, finished third.

Eric Curran in the Cadillac DPi Prototype for Whelen Engineering Racing at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. Ian Shalapata.

Eric Curran in the Cadillac DPi Prototype for Whelen Engineering Racing at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018.
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The freshly spun pairing of Katherine Legge and Mario Farnbacher made the most of their one week notice that they would be racing in Detroit yesterday.

The GT Daytona competitors driving the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 qualified in the outside pole position and raced to a 9.646 second win over team mates Justin Marks and  Lawson Aschenbach.

Legge and Farnbacher in the Acura NSX GT3 GTD for Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. Ian Shalapata.

Legge and Farnbacher in the Acura NSX GT3 GTD for Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018.
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Madison Snow and Bryan Sellers finished third in the No. 48 Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

Farnbacher is a former GTD winner in Detroit in 2015.

Post-race, Legge announced her intention to enter the IndyCar Series’ Indianapolis 500 next year.

Katherine Legge in the Acura NSX GT3 GTD for Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. Ian Shalapata.

Katherine Legge in the Acura NSX GT3 GTD for Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018.
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The IMSA SportsCar Championship will reach the halfway point with the next scheduled race at Watkins Glen which will include the GT Le Mans as well as the GTD and Prototype classes, from June 28 through July 1.

Mario Farnbacher in the Acura NSX GT3 GTD for Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018. Ian Shalapata.

Mario Farnbacher in the Acura NSX GT3 GTD for Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian at the 2018 IMSA competition on the Belle Isle Street Circuit in Detroit, Michigan, on 2 June 2018.
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