Acuras took first place in the starting lineup for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series in Watkins Glen International qualifying when Meyer Shank Racing No. 60 was polemed by Tom Blomquist for the Sahlen’s Six Hours.
With a lap time of 1 minute 29.580 seconds on a 3.4-mile, 11-turn circuit, Blomkvist broke his teammate Oliver Jarvis’ record. his first IMSA pole position.
“We’re focusing a lot on qualifying this weekend,” Blomkvist said. “The league is tense and every point counts.”
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Blomkvist and Jarvis extended their lead to 13 points in the championship ahead of Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque, who qualified second (1:29.744) in Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Acura ARX-05.
“It’s a six hour race so a lot can happen,” Blomkvist said. “But it definitely makes your life a lot easier if you start at the front. That was definitely our goal this weekend.”
Qualification in other divisions:
LMP2: Two weeks after winning the GTE AM class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ben Keating returned to the IMSA prototype and qualified first (1m 33.930s) on the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07.
Keating, who is driving alongside Mikkel Jensen and Scott Huffaker, won pole position by 0.001 seconds ahead of 11th Stephen Thomas.
LMP3: Nico Varrone led the No. 40 Duqueine D08 of FastMD Racing to pole with a lap of 1 minute 40.028 seconds.
GTD PRO: Connor De Phillippi took the second pole position of his IMSA career by completing the lap in 1 minute 44.755 seconds in the #25 BMW Team RLL M4 GT3 and passing Ross Gunn in the #23 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3. 0.048 seconds.
This is the first pole since the 2018 Sebring for De Phillippi, who is riding alongside John Edwards.
GTD: Stevan McAleer took the first pole of his IMSA career with a lap time of 1 minute 45.077 seconds in 32nd place of the Team Korthoff Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3. McAleer, whose lap would have been third in GTD Pro, was 0.340 seconds ahead of Richard Heistand in 12th place, Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3.
Broadcast of the six-hour race begins at 10:40 AM ET Sunday on Peacock and moves to 2:00 PM on USA Network.
Fastest Lap by a Racer
Driver’s fastest lap after qualifying
Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying
Fastest lap sequence in qualifying
The best time of the sector in qualifying
Qualifying time cards
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