Watkins Glen, NY (19 June 2023) – Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) heads to Watkins Glen International – the site of two victories for the team – for the third round of IMSA endurance racing – the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on Sunday (10:30am ET, Peacock, SiriusXM Ch. 207).
The event will reach new heights this year with the largest entry list ever at Watkins Glen International with 57 entries set to take the green flag on Sunday.
MSR has a score to settle with Watkins Glen International after finishing second in the 2022 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen by a mere 0.861-seconds following a dominating performance. The team looks to do one better this weekend in the traditional IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event.
MSR now fields a new hybrid-powered Acura LMDh in the revitalized IMSA GTP category, with Tom Blomqvist and Colin Braun co-driving the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-06.
Last year, the Blomqvist captured the pole for MSR after leading both practices and the warm-up, and then dominated the race. MSR led 78 laps and ran no lower than second in an event that was slowed by several caution periods and a red flag for weather. The result was the team’s fourth of five-consecutive runner-up finishes that carried MSR to the DPi championship.
MSR carries two wins (2017 & 2019) and three pole positions at Watkins Glen racing in the GTD category with the Acura NSX GT3. Both victories were won from the pole position after a dominating six hour performance. MSR has yet to win overall at The Glen but has collected a podium finish in 2016 with the team’s Daytona Prototype.
In addition to last year’s race, Blomqvist also competed in two IMSA events in the GLTM class, finishing eighth in 2018 and seventh in 2019.
Braun is coming off of am LMP2 Pro-Am class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and double wins at VIR this past weekend as he now hopes to bring that momentum to the Acura LMDh.
Braun most recently finished second in LMP3 in last year’s Six Hours. He ran nine WeatherTech Championship races at the circuit, winning from the pole in 2014 and also leading qualifying in 2015. In addition to his victory, he finished second three times and third once for five career podiums. The Texan also ran in six Grand-Am races in the Daytona Prototype class, finishing fifth in 2007. His WGI credits also include a NASCAR Xfinity race.
Practice begins on Friday at 4:30 p.m. (all times ET), with GTP qualifying Saturday at 2:10 p.m. The race takes the green flag on Sunday at 10:40 a.m., and will be streamed live on Peacock. The USA Network will pick up live coverage from 2-5 p.m. SiriusXM will broadcast live on Channel 207.
“Watkins is definitely one of the highlight races of the season. It’s such a fantastic track and its so much fun to drive. Last year we had a fantastic car, qualified on the pole and unfortunately we just missed out on the win. But it’s a place I really enjoy driving at. It’s going to be a jam packed race with a full field and I think it’s going to be super difficult with all the traffic. We’re quicker in different parts of the track this year with the new GTP cars, so it’s going to be a challenge. The ARX-06 has been fantastic for us all season long, so I think it’s going to be a great track for us.”
“Watkins Glen is one of the best tracks on the schedule, I think it will suit our Acura GTP car really well with the fast and flowing corners. We had a great test a few weeks ago and ran through a lot of test items with all the hard work being done by HPD. 57 cars is going to be a little crazy with traffic, but It will be an exciting race for the fans that’s for sure.”