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Meyer Shank Racing Leads Acura Qualifying Sweep at Watkins Glen

Tom Blomqvist’s lap-record run secures pole for Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 in the Sahlen’s Six Hourse of the Glen

Filipe Albuquerque completes Acura sweep in his Wayne Taylor Racing Acura

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Tom Blomqvist took his Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 to a new track record Saturday at Watkins Glen International Racing, securing the pole and leading an Acura sweep of the front row in qualifying for tomorrow’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

It is the third IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole of the season for Acura and the first for Meyer Shank Racing and Blomqvist, who will share driving duties tomorrow with Oliver Jarvis for the six-hour endurance sports car race.

Felipe Albuquerque completed the front row qualifying sweep for Acura, and will start second in the Wayne Taylor Racing ARX-05 he shares with Ricky Taylor.

In the production-based GTD division, the #66 Gradient Racing NSX GT3 Evo22 of Mario Farnbacher, Till Bechtolsheimer Kyffin Simpson will start 17th after it was damaged in a collision during the final practice session, and was unable to make a qualifying run.

Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen Qualifying Results

  • 1st overall – #60 Tom Blomqvist, Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 DPi [new lap record]
  • 2nd overall – #10 Ricky Taylor, Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 DPi
  • No time GTD – #66 Till Bechtolsheimer, Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo22

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Quotes

Tom Blomqvist (#60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05) Pole qualifier, new lap record; third consecutive pole for Acura at Watkins Glen: “Our Acura is quick! I have to say thanks to everyone at Meyer Shank Racing, Acura and HPD. We prepared for this event really well and tested here. That put us in a really good position to capitalize on the strengths of our ARX-05. After leading both of the practice sessions earlier this weekend, there was a bit of extra pressure going into qualifying, but thankfully we were able to capitalize on it and I think that bodes well for tomorrow’s [six-hour] race.”

Filipe Albuquerque (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing ARX-05) Qualified 2nd: “The car was pretty good. But, unfortunately the [chassis setup] window was really narrow in qualifying when it came to the peak [performance] of the tire—particularly with the hot weather we’re feeling here. So, I tried to push more later in the session, but unfortunately the tires were already gone by then and I wasn’t able to improve. It is what it is, the front row is still really good for a six-hour race. I think we have a good car for the race and we’ll see how it goes!”