Acura Group Penske Repeats at Mid-Ohio

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Acura ARX-05 #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo.

Might 5, 2019

  • Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron win the Acura Sports activities Automobile Problem
  • Second consecutive Mid-Ohio victory for Acura Group Penske
  • Trent Hindman, Mario Farnbacher take GTD championship lead with second-place end

LEXINGTON, Ohio – Acura Group Penske stays undefeated on the Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course, efficiently defending its inaugural IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win from 2018 as Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya mixed to win Sunday’s Acura Sports activities Automobile Problem.

In GTD, the Meyer Shank Racing pairing of Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher contended for the category win of their Acura NSX GT3 Evo all through the 2 hour, 40-minute contest, and took over the Drivers’ Championship factors lead with a second-place end.

Acura Group Penske

After two days of rain and unseasonably cool temperatures, the solar lastly got here out on race day as a 36-car discipline took the inexperienced flag at Mid-Ohio.  Whereas front-row starter Helio Castroneves fell sufferer to contact with a pair of prototypes on the opening lap, damaging the bodywork of his #7 Acura ARX-05, teammate Dane Cameron took his #6 Acura as much as second.

After shadowing early race chief Oliver Jarvis for the primary 10 minutes, Cameron took the lead with a clear cross into the primary flip, and continued on the entrance of the sector till handing the driving duties over to Juan Pablo Montoya throughout the first spherical of pit stops.  Montoya fell again behind Jarvis throughout his opening stint, however regained the benefit because the race reached its midpoint.  Montoya then managed the second half of the competition, taking the checkers by a margin of two.02 seconds.

Castroneves ran the rest of his driving stint with a broken nostril and proper facet bodywork earlier than handing off to Ricky Taylor at his first pit cease.  The Acura Group Penske crew rapidly fitted a recent nostril part, and Taylor persevered to a fifth-place end.

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Right this moment’s win strikes Acura inside 4 factors of Cadillac within the DPi Producers’ Championship after 4 of 10 races.  Castroneves and Taylor stay second within the Drivers’ Championship, additionally 4 factors out of first, with Montoya and Cameron unofficially ranked fourth.

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo

In GTD, Mario Farnbacher and Trent Hindman took over the category championship factors lead with a second-place end right this moment of their #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo.  Beginning driver Hindman led early, as did Farnbacher throughout the center portion of the competition.  A charging Jack Hawksworth handed Farnbacher within the closing 20 minutes and, whereas Farnbacher continued to problem for the category win to the end, he fell simply over a half-second brief on the end.

Teammate Christina Nielsen additionally had a robust begin within the #57 Acura NSX, transferring into fourth place within the opening laps and surviving contact from a competitor that resulted in right-side harm.  Taking up the automobile in fifth place, co-driver Katherine Legge continued to run within the lead group, regardless of a short off-course tour within the second hour.  Late within the race, the Acura stalled heading in the right direction, and Legge misplaced a lap and fell to 12th at school whereas re-firing the NSX.  She was capable of regain two positions within the closing 30 minutes, and completed 10th in GTD.

Subsequent

The Motor Metropolis of Detroit is the following cease within the 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, for the Detroit Grand Prix Offered by Lear.  The 100-minute contest, one among two “dash races” on the IMSA calendar, takes place June 1 on the tight and bumpy Belle Isle Park momentary avenue circuit, with dwell tv protection on the NBC Sports activities community.

Social media content material and video hyperlinks from this weekend’s Acura Sports activities Automobile Problem at Mid-Ohio can be found on Fb (https://www.fb.com/HondaRacingHPD) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) channels.  Produced by the Carolinas Manufacturing Group, YouTube video packages might be discovered at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

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Quotes

Matt Niles (Principal engineer, HPD Acura DPi program) on this weekend’s race win: “It’s nice to win once more at Mid-Ohio, and for the #6 automobile to get its first DPi victory.  Dane [Cameron] and Juan Pablo [Montoya] and your complete #6 staff had been almost letter-perfect all weekend.  We’ve closed in on the Producers’ Championship lead, now solely 4 factors behind, and the Drivers’ Championship is tightening up as nicely.  I feel we’re nicely positioned to problem for each titles this 12 months.”

Ted Klaus (President, Honda Efficiency Improvement) on right this moment’s race: “Along with our general win, our companions at Meyer Shank Racing produced one other sturdy end result right this moment, difficult for the GTD victory all through the race and taking the championship lead with the second-place end for Mario Farnbacher and Trent Hindman.  Acura has an enormous presence in central Ohio, and MSR can also be primarily based close by.  Whereas a win would’ve been excellent, we’re within the thick of the GTD championship battle, along with DPi.”

Juan Pablo Montoya (driver, #6 Acura Group Penske ARX-05) completed first: “Dane [Cameron, starting driver] did an incredible job in qualifying and originally of the race. We had an incredible technique, saved a little bit of gas, and had good cease[s] and good ‘in’ and ‘out’ laps.”

Trent Hindman (driver, #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) completed second: “I feel, after qualifying yesterday, in case you’d stated we might end second right this moment, we might’ve jumped at that deal.  We ended up preventing for the win your complete race!  That [result] was a testomony to the Meyer Shank Racing guys and our Acura NSX.  The automobile was completely phenomenal, particularly Within the wildly sudden situations we had right this moment [sunshine and mild temperatures after three days of rain]. Nobody actually knew what to do when it comes to setup.  These Meyer Shank Racing guys hit it completely right this moment. The automobile was good, the technique was good and we got here out of it main the championship.  Hats off to my co-driver Mario [Farnbacher] for one hell of a drive right this moment.”

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Acura Sports activities Automobile Problem at Mid-Ohio

Circuit:        Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course (2.258-mile highway course) Lexington, Ohio.
Climate:      Sunny, gentle, 62 levels F

Prime Six & Acura Prototype Race Outcomes
Ps. Class Drivers Group Chassis Laps/Notes
1. Prototype Juan Pablo Montoya/Dane Cameron Acura Group Penske Acura ARX-05 123 laps
2. Prototype Tristan Nunez / Oliver Jarvis Mazda Group Joest Mazda RT24-P +2.02 seconds
three. Prototype Ryan Hunter-Reay / Jonathan Bomarito Mazda Group Joest Mazda RT24-P
four. Prototype Felipe Nasr / Pipo Derani Motion Specific Cadillac DPi VR
5. Prototype Helio Castroneves / Ricky Taylor Acura Group Penske Acura ARX-05
6. Prototype Renger Van Der Zande/Jordan Taylor Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi VR
Prime Six, Acura GTD Outcomes
1. GTD Jack Hawksworth / Richard Heistand AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 114 laps
2. GTD Mario Farnbacher / Trent Hindman Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo +zero.598 seconds
three. GTD Bryan Sellers / Ryan Hardwick Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan
four. GTD Patrick Lengthy / Marco Seefried Park Place Mtrspts Porsche 911 GT3-R
5. GTD Townsend Bell / Frank Montecalvo AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3
6. GTD Alex Riberas / Wayne Hardeman Moorespeed Audi R8 LMS GT3
10. GTD Katherine Legge / Christina Nielsen Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 112 laps – working 
[Source: Acura]

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