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Old 15 Mar 2019, 04:30 pm
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Default Honda Racing: Double Pole for Acura at Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

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  • Dane Cameron snares overall, Prototype pole in Acura ARX-05  

  • Trent Hindman heads GTD qualifying in Acura NSX GT3 Evo

  • Helio Castroneves to start third in prototype, Christina Nielsen sixth in GTD


Acura drivers will lead the field in Saturday's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, after claiming the pole positions in both the Prototype and GTD classes today during qualifying for the endurance racing classic.  Dane Cameron will start from the overall pole in his Acura Team Penske ARX-05, while Trent Hindman will lead the GTD class to the green in his Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo.


Acura Team Penske
After leading the field in the final practice session, Cameron repeated his effort in qualifying, posting a time of one minute, 45.865 around the 3.74-mile road course to claim his first pole for Acura, and the first of the still-young 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season for Acura Team Penske.  Cameron will start at the head of the 38-car field tomorrow morning, sharing his #6 Acura with co-drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud.


Teammate Helio Castroneves qualified third in the #7 ARX-05 he will share with co-drivers Ricky Taylor and Alexander Rossi.  Castroneves' quick lap of 1:46.011 matched the effort of Tristan Nunez in the battle for second on the grid, but Nunez was awarded the position on a tie-breaker by setting the time prior to Castoneneves.


Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo
Trent Hindman recorded the first pole of his WeatherTech SportsCar Championship career, taking his Meyer Shank NSX GT3 Evo to the top of the time sheets in the 17-car GTD field.  Hindman will share the driving duties tomorrow in the #86 Acura with co-drivers Mario Farnbacher and Justin Marks.


Teammate Christina Nielsen will start sixth in GTD in the #57 NSX GT3 Evo, sharing the car with co-drivers Katherine Legge and Bia Figueiredo.


Television coverage from Sebring begins at 10:30 a.m. EDT Saturday on CNBC, shifting to the online NBC Gold App from 1-3 p.m.  Live television coverage for the remainder or the race can be found on the NBC Sports Network from 3-11 p.m. 


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Dane Cameron (driver, #6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) overall, prototype pole qualifier: "It's pretty cool.  There's nothing better than the view from the front.  We had a little problem yesterday and our [crew] guys were here until two in the morning, so they only got about two hours sleep [last night].  So 'thank you' to them.  Really proud to be part of Acura Team Penske and really happy, it's been a while since I've been able to do this!"


Trent Hindman (driver, #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) GTD pole qualifier: "I don't know what to say.  I mean, Meyer Shank Racing…I'm learning so much from these guys.  All my co-drivers, all my teammates, It's a great result for all the hard work they put in back at the shop – and again last night.  We made a lot of changes to the car after practice yesterday.  I'm glad it all worked out, and I was able to deliver a result for them."



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