Christina Nielsen, Bia Figueiredo and Katherine Legge combined for a fourth-place finish in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen with the No. 57 Caterpillar Acura NSX GT3 on Sunday. The Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing drivers battled in the top five for most of the race.
Nielsen started from the front row, navigating around a competitor’s first-lap crash in the high-speed esses at Watkins Glen International. The No. 57 Caterpillar Acura suffered damage to the rear but was able to continue without pitting. Nielson raced in podium contention before turning the car over to Figueiredo on lap 61. Figueiredo pushed hard with fast, consistent lap times and moved the team to the lead on lap 93. Legge took the wheel for the final stint on lap 126 and continued the strong run in the top two.
Legge, the 2017 Sahlen’s Six Hour winner, retook the lead on lap 157 before taking to pit lane on lap 178. A small delay on pit exit translated into a loss of track position in the final segment. After rejoining the race in fifth, Legge regained one position to finish fourth after six hours of hard-fought racing.
The next round of racing takes place at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix presented by Acura on Sunday, July 7th.
Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing Team Quotes:
“What a great weekend for the Heinricher Racing and Meyer Shank Racing team. Yes, we wanted to be on that podium with our winning sister car. Huge congratulations to them. But, to have the cars qualify on the front row and then take two of the top four places in the race is the level of consistent success we’ve been building towards this season. I am so proud of our drivers and the entire crew for their level of performance.”
“I am slightly disappointed. We have great handling and a really strong car but it is a struggle to pass here if you lose track position. The car was a top two car today but we just couldn’t get it done. I am looking forward to next weekend and hopefully we can get a better result.”
“There is nothing worse than finishing just off the podium. The car was amazing to drive today but we struggled with the usual Watkins Glen horror which is that it is very tough to pass here. Unfortunately, that caught us out when we had the car to fight for a podium position. Hopefully the team will be able to put it all together next weekend in Canada.”
“It was great fun to get back to Watkins Glen. I haven’t been here since 2008 in Indy Lights so coming back for IMSA was very fun. My teammates did a great job all weekend! We could have had a podium today and we will keep working hard to get that result. I will be back in the car next weekend at CTMP—my first time there as well! I did some simulator work and I hope that helps me get up to speed quickly next week!”
Source. Sunday Group