2024 GTP Six Hours of the Glen Post Race Report

Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti (WTRAndretti) Acura ARX-06 GTP teams completed six hours of intense racing for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International. Across the six hours, the weather played its hand to create a rollercoaster of conditions throughout the third IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup event.

2024 GTP Six Hours of the Glen Post Race Report

 

Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti (WTRAndretti) Acura ARX-06 GTP teams completed six hours of intense racing for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International. Across the six hours, the weather played its hand to create a rollercoaster of conditions throughout the third IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup event.

 

After starting from pole position, Louis Delétraz led the field to the green flag behind the wheel of the No. 40 DEX Imaging Acura ARX-06. The first hour of the six saw multiple cautions and Delétraz kept the red and black No. 40 within pace of the leaders despite the traffic. Nearing the end of Delétraz’s double stint, the Swiss-driver was able to gain ground on the frontrunners and was able to pit from second and hand over the control to co-driver Jordan Taylor.
Settling in, Taylor continued the momentum that Delétraz had before the weather conditions decided to come into play right near the halfway mark. With off-and-on rain throughout Watkins Glen International, the six-hour endurance race quickly became about tire strategy, deciding between wet and slick tires. For nearly an hour of changing weather, Taylor and the No. 40 team found themselves slightly down the running order before a downpour brought No. 40 DEX Imaging Acura ARX-06 to pit lane.

 

Shifting back to wet tires, Taylor swapped positions in the driver’s seat to Delétraz and impressive work by the WTRAndretti crew sent Delétraz out into the lead off pit lane. While under yellow for heavy rain, the field eventually came down pit lane as IMSA displayed the red flag for standing water on track. After 40 minutes and the skies cleared, the field returned on track under caution. With less than 20 minutes remaining, Delétraz saw the restart and it was head down to the finish. Delétraz tried his best to hold off the charging competitors behind him and keep the nose clean to the end. As the checkered flag flew, Delétraz brought the No. 40 DEX Imaging Acura ARX-06 home in fourth place, earning their third-consecutive top five result and moving up to fourth in the championship standings.

 

Ricky Taylor took the green flag at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen in seventh position ready to fight the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 up to the front. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 showed strong pace and strategy despite their running order position. However, a great strategy call during early cautions allowed the No. 10 car to jump to the front of the field, running in second before ending Taylor’s stint.

 

Co-driver Filipe Albuquerque took over in sixth position after pit stops and began moving quickly through the field. Finding themselves in the front, Albuquerque was cycled to the rear of the GTP field after serving a drive-through penalty for pit lane protocol during the previous pit stop. As the halfway point neared and only light rain had fallen on the track, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 team made the call to switch back to slick tires and Albuquerque found himself back as a frontrunner. With a decent amount of green flag racing, Albuquerque challenged side-by-side with the No. 7 Porsche and took the lead. Shortly after the heaviest rain of the day came and the WTRAndretti crew reacted quickly to bring Albuquerque down pit lane for wet tires and a driver change to Taylor.

 

Once the red flag was displayed, Taylor and the No. 10 team were right behind their No. 40 teammates in second. As the red flag conditions were lifted, the field cycled through caution laps in the final hour of the race. Unfortunately, Taylor brought the No. 10 to a stop on track after a mechanical part failure, most likely a result from contact earlier in the race, caused a wheel to detach from the car. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 team tally a tenth-place finish at Watkins Glen.

 

For the pair of WTRAndretti Acura ARX-06 GTP teams, it’s a return to a traditional sprint race at Road America on August 4, 2024.

 

No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 Drivers

Ricky Taylor: “Today we had some glimpses of a really good result. We have some things to work on, obviously. Having a mechanical issue is always disappointing, but the guys ran a really great race with all the pit stops and the preparation of the car. The car was fast. It’s a shame the No. 40 car couldn’t hold on for the win at the end, but we have a clear direction on how we can improve, and I think the positive to take out of this weekend is the performance of the car with a pole and two pretty quick cars in the race. Road America is a really good track for us, and we have three races left to win so that’s what I think we’ll be focusing on.”

 


Filipe Albuquerque: “I don’t know what to say. What a frustrating race. After a great race from Ricky and ups and downs in the rain, we got a penalty from IMSA, which dropped us to last. We made the right call on the slick tires which enabled me to go to second and eventually to first. Unfortunately had some contact with another car early on and after that the car was a bit funny, but it was still going. When the wheel hub broke, most likely due to the earlier contact, we couldn’t finish the race with just 20 or so minutes to go. Looking ahead, we have nothing to lose in the final races, so let’s try to win.”

 


No. 40 DEX Imaging Acura ARX-06 Drivers:


Louis Delétraz: “First of all, I want to thank all of WTRAndretti and HRC because we’ve had, I think, a strong weekend overall. Obviously, the result is disappointing because we just really struggled on restarts. I lost three spots on lap one of the start and three spots again on the final restart. I could hardly do better. But we still had a good race. We had pole position, great strategy and great pit stops. So, we know where to look to find that last bit of performance, and I think everyone is very motivated to find a solution and get on top of that, because I think if we fix this issue, we would have been very hard to beat this weekend.”


Jordan Taylor: “It was an up and down day. Obviously, it was great starting up front. I think we were battling with the top three most of the day. We got a little bit unlucky with some of the weather that came through, which put us to the back, but we still had such a strong car. The guys made a good call in ducking the pits as the rain was falling to jump everyone right before the red flag came. It put us in a good spot, but it does seem we have a weakness on some of the restarts where we’re struggling to get up to speed compared to some of the other cars. Something we know about and need to work on before Road America. At least we have a strong car, good strategy, and goods stops; we’re just missing a little bit.”



ABOUT WTRANDRETTI
Andretti Global and Wayne Taylor Racing announced a new, long-term partnership in 2023 that combines the resources of the two championship-caliber teams to compete in IMSA’s top classes. In 2024, Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti (WTRAndretti) has expanded to a two-car GTP program as well as competes in the GTD class. Coming off its 2023 championship winning effort, WTRAndretti continues its Driver Development Program competing in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series with a full stable.


WTRAndretti’s global motorsports enterprise boasts two IMSA driver championships (2013 and 2017), and back-to-back IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Championships (2020, 2021) which contributed to nine IMSA manufacturer championships for Acura, Pontiac, Corvette and Cadillac. In its brief 17-year history, WTRAndretti has accumulated multiple victories in sportscar racing’s most iconic events: Rolex 24 At Daytona, Twelve Hours of Sebring, Petit Le Mans, Mid-Ohio, Road America and the Six Hours of The Glen. With its back-to-back PRO Class Championship wins (2022, 2023), WTR also has ten North America Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship titles and a Lamborghini World Finals title.


Andretti Global, a Championship-winning motorsports organization, competes in additional racing categories worldwide, including the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Extreme E, Australian Supercars and the Mexico SuperCopa Championship. Additionally, the racing enterprise commits to driver development through competition in INDY NXT by Firestone and through support of Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon’s racing careers.

WTRAndretti’s long term partnerships include Acura, Honda Racing Corporation (HRC), Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, DEX Imaging, Harrison Contracting Company and Gainbridge.