Ricky Taylor qualified the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 in fourth position for the Detroit Grand Prix with a best lap time of 1:20.299 around the 2.35-mile, 14-turn Belle Isle Motorsports Park. Full-time co-driver Filipe Albuquerque will join Taylor for tomorrow’s 100-minute sprint race as the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 team will work to hold their current lead in the 2021 IMSA Sports Car Championship with 1070 points.
“We have our work cut out for us,” said Ricky Taylor. “The Cadillacs have been really strong so far; they always suit this track really well. The guys have done a really good job evolving the car throughout the weekend. There’s only so much that you can do on a race weekend to close the gap. We did a good job at closing the gap for qualifying, but we need to take another step for the race. Who knows what can happen with the IndyCar rubber coming down after being on track tonight and their race which is right before ours tomorrow. That could throw a whole other curveball at us, and we’ll just go with the flow and hopefully we can adapt better. We have the first pit stall, so that’s a positive as far as how we race. This year is all about execution and that’s where we have all the faith in our Konica Minolta guys.”
Green flag for the Detroit Grand Prix will wave at 5:10 p.m. ET tomorrow, June 12th. Live coverage will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
1. Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing (No. 01 Cadillac DPi) Renger van der Zande & Kevin Magnussen (1:20.031 at 105.709 mph)
2. Mazda Motorsports (No. 55 Mazda DPi) Oliver Jarvis & Harry Tincknell, (1:20.052 at 105.681 mph)
3. Whelen Engineering Racing (No. 31 Cadillac DPi) Felipe Nasr & Pipo Derani (1:20.161 at 105.681)
4. Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 (No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi) Ricky Taylor & Filipe Albuquerque (1:20.299 at 105.356 mph)
5. Mustang Sampling / JDC-Miller MotorSports (No. 5 Cadillac DPi) Tristian Vautier & Louic Duval (1:20.532 at 105.051 mph)