Starting lineup grid for IMSA Watkins Glen: Tom Blomqvist sets record with pole for MSR

IMSA Glen starting lineup

Acuras swept the front row of the starting lineup in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series qualifying at Watkins Glen International as Tom Blomqvist put the No. 60 of Meyer Shank Racing on pole for the Sahlen’s Six Hours.

With a lap of 1 minute, 29.580 seconds around the 11-turn, 3.4-mile circuit, Blomqvist broke the track record held by teammate Oliver Jarvis to capture his first IMSA pole position.

“We put a big focus on qualifying this weekend,” Blomqvist said. “The championship is tight and every point counts.”

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Blomqvist and Jarvis increased their championship lead to 13 points over Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque, who qualified second (1:29.744) in the No. 10 Acura ARX-05 of Wayne Taylor Racing.

“It’s a six-hour race, so a lot can happen,” Blomqvist said. “But it definitely makes your life a lot easier to start at the front. That was definitely a focus of ours this weekend.”

Qualifying in other divisions:

LMP2: Two weeks after a GTE AM class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ben Keating returned to an IMSA prototype and qualified first (1 minute, 33.930 seconds) in the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07.

Keating who co-drives the car with Mikkel Jensen and Scott Huffaker, won the pole position by 0.001 seconds over the No. 11 of Steven Thomas.

LMP3: Nico Varrone put the No. 40 Duqueine D08 of FastMD Racing on pole with a lap of 1 minute, 40.028 seconds.

GTD PRO: Connor De Phillippi won the second pole position of his IMSA career, turning a 1 minute, 44.755-second lap in the No. 25 BMW Team RLL M4 GT3 and topping Ross Gunn in the No. 23 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 by 0.048 seconds.

It’s the first pole since Sebring 2018 for De Phillippi, who co-drives with John Edwards.

GTD: Stevan McAleer captured the first pole of his IMSA career, turning a lap of 1-minute, 45.077 seconds in the No. 32 Team Korthoff Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3. McAleer, whose s lap would have qualified third in GTD Pro, was 0.340 seconds ahead of Richard Heistand in the No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3.

The broadcast of the six-hour race will begin at 10:40 a.m. ET Sunday on Peacock, moving at 2 p.m. to USA Network.



Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

Best sector times in qualifying

Time cards in qualifying

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Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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