IMSA: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Day 1 Recap

July 8, 2023Ramon Jones

The Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-06 was fastest on day one of practice. Rival Acura side Wayne Taylor Racing’s Konica Minolta ARX-07 ran third fastest setting a best time just under 8 tenths behind Meyers Shank. The Konica Minolta car ran 12 more laps in practice. Whelen Engineering ran second fastest and led the other Cadillac on grid who finished fourth fastest. The No. 24 RLL Racing BMW M was fifth fastest ahead of the No. 25 sister car that won the 6 Hours of Glen. Porsche continues to struggle with pace with all three cars (2 from Porsche Penske and 1 JDC) finishing outside of the top 5. Today will will see the cars approach race pace in practice 2.

Colin Braun of Meyer Shank Racing stated the following to, “We were just kind of in our race plan. We had made some changes to the car and just wanted to see what it was going to do. I had only done a couple laps in the car before the red flag, and I was just getting up to speed and figuring it out. It felt good, obviously. I just ended up getting a clear lap and I felt good about it.”

The No. 30 Jr III Racing LMP3 took pole ahead of the No. 74 Rile Motorsports Ligier JS P320 in second and the No. 13 AWA Racing Duqueine D08 in third. All of the LMP3 cars finished ahead of the GTD and GTD Pro class cars. Vasser Sullivan topped the GTD table. The Vasser Sullivan GTD Pro car finished second fastest in class behind the championship leading No. 3 Corvette.

Full Practice session results are available below.

Live coverage is available on Peacock and Sunday’s race airs live at noon EST on NBC.