Mazda on pole in the IMSA starting lineup for the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio

IMSA Mid-Ohio starting lineup
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Mazda will start on the pole position Saturday in the starting lineup for the IMSA Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Harry Tincknell claimed the top spot in WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying with a 1-minute, 10.027-second lap around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile track in the No. 55.

The DPi track record (breaking the mark set in May 2019 by Mazda’s Oliver Jarvis, Tincknell’s teammate) beat the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura of Felipe Albuquerque (1:10.122). The No. 31 Action Express Cadillac of Pipo Derani will start third (1:10.432).

STARTING GRID: Click here for the Acura Sports Car Challenge starting lineup

SUNDAY’S RACE: Details for watching IMSA at Mid-Ohio

The No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura turned the third-quickest lap (1:10.355) in qualifying but was moved to the back of the class in the sixth position for changing starting tires.

“Seventy seconds around Mid-Ohio is really pushing on quite a bit,” Tincknell told the IMSA Wire Service after his first pole position in the series. “It was definitely a roller-coaster ride, but I’m really happy. We didn’t have the fastest car in the first couple races, but we’ve really come out of it well. There’s a long race ahead of us, but we’re really happy to be starting up front.”

Mazda, which is leaving the DPI division after the 2021 season, finished third in the Rolex 24 at Daytona season opener and second at Sebring.

In LMP3, Gar Robinson took the No. 74 RIley Motorsports to the pole position over Jon Bennett (No. 54 CORE autosport), who was ahead of Jarrett Andretti (No. 36 Andretti Autosport).

In GTD, Aaron Telitz put the No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 on pole as he and co-driver Jack Hawksworth seek to defend last year’s Mid-Ohio victory.

IMSA’s premier division will return after a two-month break Sunday with its first Sprint Cup race of the the season. The two-hour, 40-minute race will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Click here for the starting grid in the Acura Sports Car Challenge.


QUALIFYING

Click here for the DPi results

Click here for the GTD results l GTD points

Click here for the LMP3 results

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.