24h Le Mans
Who were the winners of the 2019 IMSA championship?
The 22nd Petit Le Mans marked the end of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Here’s our rundown of the winners in each class.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
The Whelen Engineering Racing Action Express #31 Cadillac DPi was first across the line at Petit Le Mans. The other winners of the day were Acura and Team Penske who won the constructor and team titles. Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montonya (third in LMP2 at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans with United Autosports) took home the drivers’ awards. Matthew McMurry won both an individual and a team title with the #52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports. Porsche GT Team triumphed in GTLM (the equivalent of LMGTE Pro) in both constructor and team categories with the #912 911 RSR. Drivers Earl Bamber (2017 Le Mans 24 Hours winner with Porsche LMP Team) and Laurens Vanthoor were this year’s champions in the class. In GTD, Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher of Meyer Shank Racing finished top of the driver and team tables. Lamborghini was the winning constructor.
Michelin Endurance Cup
The Michelin Endurance Cup comprises four rounds: 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, 6 Hours of Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans. Cadillac, Whelen Engineering Racing and drivers Eric Curran, Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr won the Michelin Endurance Cup in the DPi class. In LMP2, Performance Tech Motorsports and drivers Kyle Masson and Cameron Cassels lifted the trophy. The Chip Ganassi Racing #67 Ford GT driven by Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe won the GTLM title. Finally, the GTD class was won by Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports and drivers Jeroen Bleekemolen, Ben Keating and Felipe Fraga.
The 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship kicks off with the 58th 24 Hours of Daytona on 25–26 January.
PHOTO: The #6 Acura DPi run by Acura Team Penske won the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Porsche GT Team and the #912 Porsche 911 RSR triumphed in GTLM and was second overall.