Watkins Glen, N.Y. (30 July 2018) – Meyer Shank Racing locked in its starting positions in the second and third rows ahead of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen during qualifying on Friday in a warm Saturday afternoon session.
With six hours of flat out racing scheduled on Sunday (live FS1 coverage starting at 9:30 a.m. ET) for the massive massive 42-car field, Meyer Shank Racing dialed in its dual Acura NSX GT3 entries for the 15-minute qualifying run.
Lawson Aschenbach took over qualifying duties of the red, white and blue liveried No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 while Alvaro Parente qualified the custom black SiriusXM design of the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3.
With temperatures cresting over 85 degrees – the hottest of the race weekend so far – the MSR squad made set up changes accordingly. Both Aschenbach and Parente knew that there was a small window of time to maximize the performance of the Continental Tires to get the most out of the short session.
Both Aschenbach and Parente laid down their fast lap on lap four with Aschenbach clocking in a lap of 1:44.778-seconds – good enough for fifth – and Parente with a 1:44.742-seconds – locking him into fourth in the order.
If the qualifying margins in the once again hyper-competitive GTD field – one-tenth separating positions two through six – are any indication of what’s to come during tomorrow’s six hour classic, the race will deliver for the healthy crowd of fans on the hand for the traditional IMSA event.
“I think we had a really great set up for qualifying today,” said Aschenbach. “I really gave it everything we had on this set of tires. We’ve worked hard on our set ups to be able to manage the longevity of these tires and hopefully it will pay off for us in the race. It’s a long race, so a top five result is great. It will be physically a tough race tomorrow with the heat, but that’s what we train for so I’m feeling prepared.”
Parente, who made his first qualifying run of the season, held third through the final moments of the qualifying session until ultimately getting bumped to a fourth place starting spot for tomorrow’s race.
“It’s a little bit better than we thought when we managed to get a clean run there on that qualifying session,” said Parente. “It’s a six hour race so we will see what we can do since qualifying doesn’t matter too much. It felt good, we had a good qualifying session and now we are focusing 100% on the race and looking forward to having a good, clean race.”
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen will go green Saturday morning at 9:45 a.m. ET with live FS1 coverage beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET.