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Acura, Meyer Shank Racing Take Victory in Detroit

Acura, Meyer Shank Racing Take Victory in Detroit

Katherine Legge piloted her Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 to victory Saturday at the IMSA Grand Prix of Detroit. Photo PRNewswire

Acura, Meyer Shank Racing Take Victory in Detroit

DETROITJune 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The four Acura entries in this weekend’s Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear completed a nearly perfect set of results in today’s 100-minute race, with a 1-2 result for the Acura NSX GT3 and Meyer Shank Racing in the GTD class, and a 2-3 finish for Acura Team Penske and the ARX-05 prototype.

Meyer Shank Racing GTD

In GTD, Katherine Legge and Meyer Shank Racing successfully repeated their class win here from one year ago, but with Mario Farnbacher joining the lineup in the #86 Acura NSX GT3.  Starting second, Legge challenged the leading Lamborghini of Bryan Sellers throughout the first 40 minutes.  Meanwhile, Justin Marks ran a close third in the #93 MSR Acura.

At the end of her stint, in the only scheduled pit stop for the GTD cars, the MSR team repeated its successful tactic from 2017 and only changed the left-side tires on both Acuras, putting them first and second, with Farnbacher now leading in the #86 and Lawson Aschenbach second in the #93 NSX GT3.

From there, the MSR Acura pair controlled the pace of the race, with Farnbacher pulling out to a nine second victory and Aschenbach completing the first-ever 1-2 result for Meyer Shank Racing.  The win moves Legge, second in the GTD Drivers’ Championship, to within three points of leader Sellers; and Acura to within nine points of the Manufacturers’ Championship lead.

Acura Team Penske Prototype

Starting second, Acura Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya moved into the lead after only four laps in his #6 Acura ARX-05, with teammate Helio Castoneves running second in the sister #7 Acura.  An early yellow flag for debris on Lap 11, the only caution flag of the day, resulted in both Acura Team Penske prototypes electing to make early pit stops.

On the Lap 15 restart, contact between multiple cars delayed the #6 car, now with Dane Camerondriving, and allowed Ricky Taylor in the #7 to pass.  The pair ran fifth and sixth until others made their scheduled initial stops, and were running second and third after the final round of stops.  Taylor reduced a seven-second lead for the Action Express Cadillac of Felipe Nasr to just over a second, but was unable to attempt a pass for the lead in the closing laps.

From the shortest race on the schedule, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship moves on to one of the longest:  the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, July 1 at Watkins Glen International Raceway in upstate New York.

Video recaps from this weekend’s Acura racing activities in Detroit, as well as action from the companion Honda teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader race weekend, will be posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2017 HPD Trackside Video Playlist.

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race: “What a great day for HPD today, a nearly perfect day for both Acura and Honda.  To rebound from a disappointing Indianapolis500 last week to sweep the top six in IndyCar, go 1-2 in the GTD class in the IMSA race, plus second and third in the prototype class, should be ample reason for all HPD associates to be proud.  Congratulations to everyone connected with our racing programs.”

Katherine Legge (driver, #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) Finished first in GTD, second consecutive win in Detroit and third Acura career win:  “I’m super pumped with our results today! It was the best possible outcome. I am over the moon happy. Now, we are right there with [the leaders] in the championship, so we have to just move on to the next race to continue the fight. It’s for the championship, so we have a different outlook and hopefully we can keep racing and moving forward.”

Mario Farnbacher (driver, #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) Finished first in GTD:”First, I have to thank Mike [Shank] and the team for bringing me in to race this weekend and trusting me. My main job was to keep this car competitive and most importantly to save fuel during the race. Fuel saving is not always easy, but I could be consistent and bring it home! I am just so thankful the team thought of me for this spot. I hope Alvaro [Parente, regular co-driver for the #86] and Kat [Legge] continue this good run through the rest of the season.”

Ricky Taylor (driver, #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) Finished second overall and in prototype:”We were definitely closing [on the leader] in those final few laps, but as everyone knows, it’s very difficult to pass here.  So, I’m not 100 per cent sure if we would have had enough [to pass] even if the race had been a little bit longer.  Our Acura is definitely fast, but there are still a few areas where we need to improve, and we’ll work on those in the lead up to [the next race at] Watkins Glen.”

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Circuit:     

Belle Isle Park (2.35-mile temporary street circuit) Detroit, Mich.

Weather:   

Mostly cloudy, mild, 68 degrees F

   

Top-6 Prototype Results:

Ps.

Class

Drivers

Team

Chassis          

Laps/Notes

1.

Prototype

Eric Curran / Felipe Nasr

Action Express

Cadillac DPi VR        

68 laps

2.

Prototype

Helio Castroneves / Ricky Taylor

Acura Team Penske

Acura ARX-05

+1.016 seconds

3.

Prototype

Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya

Acura Team Penske

Acura ARX-05

 

4.

Prototype

Scott Sharp / Ryan Dalziel

Tequila Patron ESM

Ligier JSP217  Nissan

 

5.

Prototype

Renger Van Der Zande / Jordan Taylor

Wayne Taylor Racing

Cadillac DPi VR

 

6.

Prototype

Joao Barbosa / Filipe Albuquerque

Action Express

Cadillac DPi VR

 
           

Top-6 GTD Results:

Ps.

Class                  

Drivers

Team

Chassis

Laps/Notes

1.

GTD

Katherine Legge / Mario Farnbacher

Meyer Shank Racing

Acura NSX GT3

65 laps

2.

GTD

Justin Marks / Lawson Aschenbach

Meyer Shank Racing 

Acura NSX GT3

+9.646 seconds

3.

GTD

Madison Snow / Bryan Sellers

Paul Miller Racing

Lamborghini Huracan

 

4.

GTD

Ben Keating / Jeroen Bleekemolen

Riley Motorsports

Mercedes Benz AMG

 

5.

GTD

Jeff Segal / Cooper MacNeil

Scuderia Corsa

Ferrari 488 GT3

 

6.

GTD

Kyle Marcelli / Dominik Baumann

3 GT Racing

Lexus RC F GT3

 
           

*Starting driver in italics

SOURCE Acura Motorsports