IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Racing at Watkins Glen International returns this Friday night for a two-hour and 40-minute sprint race. Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 team will look to extend their current 33-point lead in the championship at the famed 3.4-mile, 11-turn permanent road course with Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque.
Last Sunday, the dynamic duo alongside IMEC co-driver Alexander Rossi completed a successful weekend at Watkins Glen International for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen where the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 qualified on pole and finished on podium in third position.
Ricky Taylor’s past success at Watkins Glen International includes two wins, four poles and six podiums with two wins, one pole and three podiums from the previously held Continental Tire 200, a 200-lap sprint race.
“It’s nice to go back-to-back at the same racetrack,” said Ricky Taylor. “Especially because we know exactly what we want for this week and don’t have to wait another year to make those changes. Our debrief will act more like a pre-event and those meetings have evolved into one where we can hopefully turn a third-place finish into a win!”
While this will be Albuquerque’s first sprint race at Watkins Glen International, the Portuguese driver has two wins from the Six Hours of the Glen from 2016 and 2017.
“Friday night's race will not be as hot at Watkins Glen International since the race is starting at six,” commented Filipe Albuquerque. “Although this race is going to be shorter, Ricky and I are going to have the same exact stints that we had at the Six Hour, except we won’t have Alex. We need to analyze the car more and do the right decisions to make a better car. We will see how the strategy plays out because that is a big role with the engineers, how the mechanics can do the pit stops better than the other teams so we are there to overtake on track.”
“It feels weird to go home and then come back,” added Wayne Taylor. “We have some work to do on the car the past few days to give it better balance and looked at fuel consumption. The guys did a great job last weekend at the Six Hours, so I’m excited to be back and hopefully get another win this year.”
Practice for the IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Watkins Glen begins this Thursday at 2:05 p.m. ET with qualifying following at 5:40 p.m. ET. Green flag will wave on Friday, July 2nd at 6:10 p.m. ET. Flag to flag coverage will start at 6:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
About Konica Minolta
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