The current IMSA WeatherTech Championship points leaders will look to extend their lead this weekend at Watkins Glen International for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. Alexander Rossi will return to the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 alongside full-time co-drivers Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque at the 3.4-mile, 11-turn permanent road course located in Watkins Glen, New York.
In addition to winning this notable six-hour endurance race back in 2011 from the pole, the Wayne Taylor Racing team has secured five podium finishes, eight top-five finishes and led 249 laps throughout their 13 years of competing at the historic circuit.
The No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 team will also be looking to achieve another endurance victory after winning the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA earlier this year, its fourth in five years at the season opener. With 27 points, they currently lead the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup DPi Championship over the #55 Mazda Motorsports DPi by a slim 4 point margin.
This will be Ricky Taylor’s third event at Watkins Glen driving an Acura ARX-05, and his eighth Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen overall. His resume includes one win, one pole, three podium and six top-five finishes at the six-hour endurance race.
“So far our season has been right on schedule,” said Ricky Taylor. “The team is executing well. We survived Detroit with a strong result at a track that was earmarked as one of the more difficult races for us. Now we go to Watkins Glen where we should have a very strong performance. It’s ben ten years since the No. 10 Konica Minolta team’s last win there, so it would be sweet to get another.”
Filipe Albuquerque hopes to achieve another victory at Watkins Glen International after achieving back-to-back victories in 2016 and 2017.
“Watkins Glen is a track that suits our car,” said Filipe Albuquerque. “I’m looking forward to it after being really happy of our result at Detroit. It was not a track for us, and it was a bit obvious that we did not have the same pace of the Cadillacs, but we finished with a third-place finish. We are here to win races and Watkins Glen is a track that suits our car. I hope we have the advantage in terms of speed compared to the Cadillacs and we can grab the win. It’s not always the fastest car that wins, but the team that has the least number of mistakes and leads the last lap. I’m excited about Watkins Glen especially because we had a very successful test here recently.”
Alexander Rossi joins the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team after driving at the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA and Twelve Hours of Sebring. While Rossi has not competed at Watkins Glen in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the American won from the pole position during the 2017 NTT IndyCar Series season.
“Thrilled to get the opportunity to go back and race at Watkins Glen as it is one of my favorite tracks in the world,” said Rossi. “I wasn’t originally planning on joining WTR and Acura for this event, but I will do everything in my power to assist them on and off the track to ensure they continue to be in control of this championship.”
“The Six Hours of Watkins Glen is always one of my favorite races,” mentioned Wayne Taylor. I never won there as a driver which is disappointing, but I’ve won it as a team owner. It’s a real road course like the old days in Formula 1. We had a relatively good race in Detroit, but I’m feeling much more confident going into this one. More high speed on a track which is good for our car. We’re bringing Rossi back on board for this race, under normal circumstances we wouldn’t bring a third driver, but since it could be hot, we’ll need someone else. Ricky and Filipe do such a good job together. I can’t wait to get back.”
On-track action for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen begins this Friday at 4:20 p.m. ET. Qualifying for the main event is set for Saturday, June 26th at 11:50 a.m. ET and will be broadcast live on IMSA.TV. Sunday’s green flag for the main event will wave at 10:40 a.m. ET, with coverage beginning on IMSA.TV at 10:35 a.m. ET – 4:40pm. ET. NBC Sports will air a tape delay from 7:00 p.m. ET – 10:00 p.m. ET on Sunday evening.
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