Andy Meyrick had his first qualifying opportunity for DeltaWing Racing Cars at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Friday. The Englishman continued the development of the No. 0 DeltaWing, now powered by an Élan engine and with Bridgestone tires, to lap the 2.238-mile road course with a best time of 1:22.078.
Meyrick and new co-driver, fellow English driver Katherine Legge, will race in the American Le Mans Monterey, with the green flag on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. PT (6:30 p.m. ET). It will be the fourth race start for the DeltaWing in its history, and second with its new partners and crew that are involved with the program this year.
“We got ahead of the GT field, which is where we need to be,” said Meyrick. “We had a number of issues earlier, but we’ve worked through them to this point. For the race, we need to stay out of trouble and keep our noses clean; that’s the main objective.”
As the first driver to race the DeltaWing in more than one race, Meyrick evaluated the progress the DeltaWing Racing Cars team has made since its last start at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by “Fresh from Florida,” in March.
“The engine feels good, and while the chassis balance might need some improvement, it’s definitely manageable for the race,” said Meyrick, who has a prior race start at Mazda Raceway with Dyson Racing in 2010. “We’re happy enough for now, and we have a good platform to go forward.”
At Sebring, the DeltaWing team made positive adjustments to the car ahead of the Saturday morning warmup, for one of its best on-track sessions of the year. That provides both driver and team confidence heading into Saturday’s race.
“At Sebring we had a really good warmup,” said Meyrick. “We made some changes there to make the car better. We’ll still need to use tomorrow as a test session, but we should be able to find a balance for the car to make it nicer for the race.”
The American Le Mans Series Monterey will be streamed live on ESPN3, starting at 3:15 p.m. PT (6:15 p.m. ET). The race airs Sunday, May 12, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2.