The starting grid for the 59th Running of the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA was determined today during the Motul Pole Award 100 as the annual Roar Before the 24 event came to a close. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 will start next Saturday’s 24-hour event from the fifth position.
Full-time co-drivers, Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor, participated in the sprint race at the 3.56-mile, 12-turn permanent road course at Daytona International Speedway. Filipe Albuquerque started the 100-minute race under wet conditions with Michelin rain weather tires fitted, before transitioning to slick tires during the driver change with Ricky Taylor who brought home the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 in fifth position.
“It was nice to get everyone in the rhythm of racing together,” said Ricky Taylor. “Filipe did an amazing job. It was really nice to be back with Konica Minolta, Wayne Taylor Racing, and the Acura family. I think everyone is already gelling really well. We have a lot of positives to take out of today. The result isn’t exactly what we wanted, but the pace was there, and the team performed really well.”
“We finished the race in fifth position after starting in seventh,” said Filipe Albuquerque. “I’m quite happy with my job with the car because I didn’t know what to expect since it was my first time with this car on the rain tires. I ended my stint in third position and we had some good fights with the Cadillac who seem very strong at the moment. Ricky had a challenge because he had to run with the slicks on a very damp track. The most important part was to not have any issues, crashes or problems because we are all still learning about the car.”
Practice for the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA begins this Thursday at 11:40 a.m. EST. The green flag for the race itself will wave at 3:40 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 30th with live coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. EST at NBC.