In today’s closely contested qualifying session, Ricky Taylor secured a starting position of second for tomorrow’s Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05. His lap of 1:04.462 at 137.472 mph beat the previous DPi track record, but was under a tenth of a second away from the sister Acura of Meyer Shank Racing, which took pole position.
Taylor will look to take the lead of the race tomorrow, before handing the controls to co-driver Filipe Albuquerque. The team continues to lead the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi standings, with a gap of 14 points to the No. 60 Acura behind. The two cars will start side-by-side in an all-Acura front row tomorrow.
“We had a very good car in qualifying,” said Ricky Taylor. “All the Konica Minolta guys did a great job to give us an amazing car. We did a lot of preparation because qualifying is very important here. Unfortunately, we were just short of pole, but it’s good to have the other Acura up there with us. We’ve shown this year that we favor the races, even if they favor the outright lap time. We’re going to have a good clean fight, and hopefully we can get one of the Acuras on the top step of the podium. Traffic is going to be the biggest factor. The closing speeds are very high, so it’s going to be very difficult.”
Green flag for the Chevrolet Grand Prix will wave at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 3rd with full coverage streaming on Peacock and television coverage on NBC beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET.
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