Blomqvist retained for 2023 GTP campaign with Meyer Shank Racing

Meyer Shank Racing has confirmed that Tom Blomqvist has been signed to drive the #60 Acura ARX-06 LMDh for the inaugural GTP class in the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

The team will also test Blomqvist in a Honda-powered MSR Indy car after the 2022 season.

Having competed in IMSA and WEC competition, Blomqvist made a strong transition to the DPi class aboard the MSR Acura ARX-05. Blomqvist and his MSR co-driver Oliver Jarvis head into the final round of IMSA competition for Motul Petit Le Mans as the pair are in contention for the DPi championship title.

Blomqvist has driven the MSR Acura to two poles, posting the fastest qualifying time at Watkins Glen and followed it up with a record lap at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

2023 will be the first year of competition for the new Acura ARX-06 LMDh, which will enter the new IMSA WeatherTech GTP category.

The 2023 season marks the seventh year of competition under the Acura banner for MSR, having successfully debuted the Acura NSX GT3 in IMSA competition in 2017. That effort quickly paid dividends for Acura, with MSR notching seven wins in the class. GTD before returning to the IMSA GTD championships again in 2019 and 2020.

MSR transitioned to DPi competition in 2021, winning the 2022 Rolex 24 At Daytona to open the season as the team now seeks a third IMSA title.

“I am really excited to renew the partnership with MSR,” said Blomqvist. “MSR put a lot of trust in me by putting me in the car this year and we have had a successful campaign. We work well together and it is clear from the results we have had that we are now focused on taking the championship. Obviously with the new car it will be a different challenge, but one for which we are all highly motivated.

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“The IndyCar test is something that I am also very excited about,” said Blomqvist, who has competed in F3 and Formula E. “It is incredible that Mike and the team have respected what I have done this year and are giving me the opportunity to drive one of his Indy cars. It’s definitely something I aspire to do in the future and I have to say a big thank you to the team for giving me the opportunity to do that test.”

Team co-owner Mike Shank:

“It was an easy decision for us to give up Tom,” Shank said. “He has exceeded our expectations this racing season and has performed week after week. The pace he showed with the Acura ARX-05 made it an easy decision to put him in the new Acura LMDh car. He is also pleased that we can give him the opportunity to test drive our Indy car. He has single-seater experience with Formula E and it will be exciting to see what he can do in an Indy Car.”

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