Setting a blistering pace around the challenging Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta road course, Tom Blomqvist claimed the pole for Saturday’s IMSA season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans sports car race in his Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05.
Acura’s sixth pole of the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship also solidified the Manufacturers’ Championship for Acura, which will become official with the drop of the green flag starting tomorrow’s 10-hour endurance contest.
Blomqvist’s pole lap of 1:08.555 was just a tenth of a second off the current track record; and sets the stage for a battle with fellow Acura racers Wayne Taylor Racing for the 2022 IMSA drivers’ and teams’ championships. The team with the better finish tomorrow will claim both championships in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype International (DPi) division.
In the production-based GTD class, an electronics issue resulted in driver Till Bechtolsheimer pitting the #66 Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo2 after only five laps. He will start 14th in the car he shares with co-drivers Mario Farnbacher and Kyffin Simpson.
Petit Le Mans Acura Qualifying Results
- 1st overall – #60 Tom Blomqvist, Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 DPi
- 3rd overall – #10 Ricky Taylor, Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 DPi
- 14th GTD – #66 Till Bechtolsheimer, Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo22
Where to Watch Saturday’s Petit Le Mans
Live network television coverage from Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta begins at 12 p.m. ET Saturday for three hours on NBC. Coverage then returns from 7 p.m. ET to the finish on USA Network. Live streaming flag-to-flag race coverage will be available on NBC Peacock.
Fans can listen to audio commentary via IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and XM Radio; and follow the race live via in-car cameras, IMSA Radio and timing & scoring available worldwide on IMSA.com and the IMSA mobile device App.