Wayne Taylor Racing brought home the win from pole position on Sunday, scoring Acura’s third consecutive DPi victory and pole at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
The #10 Acura ARX-05 prototype completed an issue-free race in the hands of Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor, leading 62 of 118 total laps, with the win extending the pair’s lead in the overall IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to 100 points over their nearest rivals.
Meyer Shank Racing completed a front-row-lockout for Acura yesterday, with Dane Cameron qualifying second in the #60 ARX-05. However, the team opted to follow an alternate strategy in today’s race and that decision, despite vaulting them to the lead for 53 laps of the event, left Cameron and co-driver Olivier Pla just shy of the podium in fourth place at the finish.
Acura NSX GT3 Evo
In the production-based GTD division, Magnus with Archangel’s John Potter and Andy Lally led the way for the manufacturer in their Acura NSX GT3 Evo after incidents befell the other two NSX GT3s in the race. Lally and Potter scored another top-ten finish, in ninth place.
HPD GT3 Academy graduate Jacob Abel’s IMSA debut was short lived after being collected by an out-of-control #27 on the opening lap of the event. Though the team tried to repair their #76 machine, it was unfortunately day done for Abel and co-driver Mario Farnbacher. Similarly, Gradient Racing’s pair of Till Bechtolsheimer and Marc Miller suffered multiple contacts with other cars, leaving the pair four laps down in 11th place.
IMSA SportsCar Championship at Laguna Seca Acura Results
- 1st overall – #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 DPi
Drivers Ricky Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque
- 4th overall – #60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 DPi
Drivers Dane Cameron, Olivier Pla
- 9th GTD – Magnus with Archangel Acura NSX GT3 Evo
Drivers John Potter, Andy Lally
- 11th GTD – Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo
Drivers Till Bechtolsheimer, Marc Miller
- 13th GTD – Compass Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo
Drivers Jacob Abel, Mario Farnbacher–not running