The No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 team returns to California this weekend for their home event, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. In today’s qualifying session, Filipe Albuquerque placed fifth with a lap of 1:12.461. Wayne Taylor Racing currently sits atop the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a total of 2,791 points, leading the DPi field with a margin of 89-points over their closest rival.
Full time teammate Ricky Taylor will join Albuquerque in the cockpit for the 100-minute sprint race around the historic 11-turn, 1.968-mile Long Beach street course. The drivers will aim to move through the field in what is the final sprint of the season and penultimate round of the closely contested 2021 championship battle.
“Unfortunately, we were right,” said Filipe Albuquerque. “It is going to be a hard Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 crew are doing excellent work. P5 in qualifying is not what we aim for, but it is what it is. The race tomorrow is short, but a lot can happen, so we’ll stay positive. The fastest car doesn’t always win and we need to make sure we finish the race. Strategy might surprise us and come our way. It is very hard to overtake here, so let’s stay positive for tomorrow.”
Green flag for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will wave at 5:00 p.m. PT tomorrow, September 25 with live coverage on NBC Sports and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
DPi STARTING GRID:
1. Whelen Engineering Racing (No. 31 Cadillac DPi) Felipe Nasr & Pipo Derani (1:11.620 at 98.922 mph)
2. Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing (No. 01 Cadillac DPi) Renger van der Zande & Kevin Magnussen (1:11.724 at 98.778 mph)
3. Mustang Sampling / JDC-Miller MotorSports (No. 5 Cadillac DPi) Tristian Vautier & Louic Duval (1:11.827 at 98.637 mph)
4. Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian (No. 60 Acura DPi) Dane Cameron & Olivier Pla (1:12.440 at 97.802 mph)
5. Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 (No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura DPi) Ricky Taylor & Filipe Albuquerque (1:12.461 at 97.773 mph)
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