Meyer Shank Racing’s Tom Blomqvist was delighted after winning the 61st edition of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway. Blomqvist started the race from the pole position in the No.60 Acura ARX-06 to victory by 4.190s over Wayne Taylor Racing. Speaking following the race, Blomqvist commented by saying:
“I knew we had a fantastic car, unbelievable. “I just have to say a massive ‘well done’ to everyone who’s been a part of this project.
“What a car we’ve built and I’m so grateful to be able to drive that and be trusted with the duty to take it to the finish. Amazing, I was a bit nervous because the (No.) 10 car was definitely the second fastest car when it came down to it. But yeah, we held it off and had to take it to another level to secure this victory.’’
Blomqvist shared the No.60 Acura with Colin Braun and Meyer Shank Racing NTT IndyCar Series drivers Helio Castroneves, the 4-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner, and 2016 NTT IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenauf. It was Castroneves’s second consecutive Rolex 24 Hours victory, and speaking following the race; the Brazilian commented saying:
This team is amazing. This is absolutely a dream come true. “So happy to start the year like that and keep it going.’’ “I think I’m getting used to it,’’ he joked, adding, “I’ll tell you what, it was tough out there but it was fun. I’m going to savor this one.”
Simon Pagenaud tweeted following the race to say:
BACK TO BACK!! ROLEX 24 CHAMPIONS!! WE DID IT!!
Rolex Champions deux fois de suite ! On l’a fait ! On a défendu notre titre ! pic.twitter.com/v9z6gWwooa
— Simon Pagenaud (@simonpagenaud) January 29, 2023
Next up for Meyer Shank Racing is a test at Thermal Club, in Thermal, near Palm Springs, California for two days of NTT IndyCar Series Spring Training on Thursday and Friday, 2/3 February.