After displaying impressive speed in each practice session, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 with Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport (WTRAndretti) team will start the 71st Running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring from the third position.
As Ricky Taylor piloted the blue and black machine around Sebring International Raceway, the Florida-native pushed every bit to limit in hopes of capturing the prized pole position before an untimely red flag ended the qualifying session.
“Sebring weekend is always hectic and the car is constantly changing with the track conditions,” said 2017 Twelve Hours of Sebring winner Ricky Taylor. “Our Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 guys have mainly been focusing on the race car and what we had to do to make a good qualifying car. The guys did a very good job. I think the car was excellent in qualifying. We were going for two sets (tires), Cadillac made it happen on one set and I think we had a car for the pole. We can take that speed into the race. I think we have the best driver lineup with my two teammates, so I’m very confident in what we have for tomorrow. Should be a good, long 12 hours.”
TOP FIVE STARTING GRID
1. No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac (Cadillac V-Series R) P. Derani, A. Sims & J. Aitken (127.215 mph)
2. No. 01 Cadillac Racing (Cadillac V-Series R) S. Bourdais, R. van der Zande & S. Dixon (127.110 mph)
3. No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 (Acura ARX-06) R. Taylor, F. Albuquerque & L. Delétraz (126.898 mph)
4. No. 7 Porsche Penske Motorsports (Porsche 963) N. Tandy, M. Jaminet & D. Cameron (126.510 mph)
5. No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian (Acura ARX-06) T. Blomqvist, C. Braun & H. Castroneves (126.300 mph)
Coverage of the 71st Running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring begins at 10:10 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 18th on Peacock with USA Network broadcast live starting at 4:30 p.m. ET for the second half of the race.
About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.'s (Konica Minolta) journey started 150 years ago, with a vision to see and do things differently. The company innovates for the good of society and the world. The same purpose that kept it moving then, keeps it moving now. Konica Minolta aims to partner with clients to Give Shape to Ideas by supporting their digital transformation through its expansive Intelligent Connected Workplace portfolio. Its business technology offerings include IT Services, intelligent information management, video security solutions and managed print services, as well as office technology and industrial and commercial print solutions. Through its ongoing work, the company is fortunate to be continuously recognized for its products and services. This includes, but is not limited to being included on CRN’s MSP 500 list numerous times; named a finalist in the IT Software Category by The World Technology Awards; recognized as the #1 Brand for CustomerLoyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys and presented with Keypoint Intelligence’s BLI 2021 A3 Line of The Year and BLI 2021-2023 Most Color Consistent A3 Brand Awards for its bizhub i-Series.
Sustainability also continues to be a key driver for the company. As such, Konica Minolta Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for nine consecutive years and has spent six years on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list. For more information, please visit Konica Minolta online and follow its accounts on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter.
The No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 effort and Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport (WTRAndretti) is supported by an outstanding lineup of partners including Harrison Contracting Company, Acura Motorsports, Honda Performance Development and Hammer Nutrition .