Acura, Legge, MSR Take GTD Title Battle To the End

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Meyer Shank Acura NSX GT3 Acura Team Penske ARX-05

Oct 13, 2018 – BRASELTON, GA

  • Second-place GTD end for Katherine Legge and Alvaro Parente in season finale
  • Effort leaves Legge and Meyer Shank Racing 4 factors wanting championship
  • Acura Workforce Penske recovers for fifth-place Prototype consequence following mid-race penalty
  • 2019 Acura NSX GT3 Evo unveiled at Highway Atlanta

Katherine Legge and her Meyer Shank Racing group fought all the best way to the checkers Saturday at Highway Atlanta, with a second-place end of their #86 Acura NSX GT3, leaving them second within the GTD championship following the season-ending Petit Le Mans endurance contest.

In Prototype, the #7 Acura Workforce Penske ARX-05 of Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor and Graham Rahal contended for the general win for the primary two-thirds of the 10-hour race, then recovered from a penalty for passing beneath warning to complete fifth.

On Friday, Acura unveiled an enhanced NSX GT3, designated the NSX GT3 Evo, which is able to compete on racetracks all through the world in 2019, together with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  The Acura NSX GT3 Evo remained on show within the Highway Atlanta infield “Fan Zone” all through the race weekend.

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3
In a battle worthy of the season-long championship contenders, Legge and co-drivers Alvaro Parente and Trent Hindman maintained their battle with rival Paul Miller Racing and drivers Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow and Corey Lewis from begin to end.

Legge and the MSR group got here to Highway Atlanta trailing Sellers and first co-driver Snow by six factors.  To assert the title, the Acura group must end a minimal of two locations forward of the Sellers/Snow/Lewis Lamborghini.  With lower than an hour remaining, that state of affairs seemed doable, as Parente led within the #86 MSR Acura and Sellers ran fourth.  Nonetheless, Sellers was in a position to achieve a place to 3rd; and a “bump and run” transfer by the Ferrari of Daniel Serra dropped Parente to second.  The trio completed in that order, giving Sellers and Snow the championship by simply 4 factors.

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After beginning fourth, the #93 MSR Acura of Lawson Aschenbach, Justin Marks and Mario Farnbacher ran as excessive as second in GTD, however was compelled out of the race within the fifth hour resulting from a cracked oil becoming and ensuing leak.

On Friday, Meyer Shank Racing introduced a partnership with Heinricher Racing and sponsor Catepillar for a full-season 2019 Acura NSX GT3 effort for Legge and co-driver Jackie Heinricher.  Indianapolis 500 veterans Simona de Silvestro and Bea Figueiredo [Ana Beatriz] will full the driving force lineup within the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.

Acura Workforce Penske Prototype
Castoneves, Taylor and Rahal stored their Acura ARX-05 prototype within the high three for a lot of the opening six hours of right this moment’s 10-hour race, main a number of occasions.  However within the eighth hour, Castroneves acquired a “drive by way of” penalty for passing one other automotive whereas an area yellow flag was displayed, dropping the trio to seventh.  A robust restoration within the last two hours resulted in a fifth-place end.

After beginning the #6 Acura ARX-05, Juan Pablo Montoya ran fifth within the opening hour, however locked a brake and made influence with the Flip Three barrier within the second hour of the race.  The automotive went behind the wall for in depth repairs.  The automotive returned to competitors within the fifth hour with Dane Cameron on the controls, however properly down the sector.  Cameron, Montoya and third driver Simon Pagenaud persevered to complete 13th amongst prototypes.

Subsequent
Saturday’s race concluded the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the return of Acura within the prototype class, along with the corporate’s continued participation within the common and aggressive GTD division.

Acura returns for the 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which opens January 26 with the Rolex 24 on the famed Daytona Worldwide Speedway.

Social media content material and video hyperlinks from this weekend’s Acura Motorsports exercise at Highway Atlanta can be found on HPD’s Fb web page  (https://www.fb.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter at (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).

Produced by the Carolinas Manufacturing Group, YouTube video packages from the weekend might be discovered at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

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Quotes
Katherine Legge (driver, #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) completed second in GTD, and second in GTD Drivers’ Championship after a season together with two wins, 4 second-places and a 3rd: “Congratulations to the Paul Miller group, as a result of they deserved it on the finish of the day.  However I’m so proud, extremely proud, of Acura and my MSR group.  They did an exceptional job of getting us right into a place the place we might win races and problem for the title.  Alvaro [Parente, co-driver] drove beautifully all 12 months lengthy.  He deserves to complete second with me, actually.  Trent [Hindman, third driver] did an ideal job right this moment and the group carried out flawlessly.  I’m truthfully upset.  I wished to win the championship so badly.  However realistically, there’s nothing to be upset about.  We had an ideal season, and an ideal springboard for subsequent 12 months.”

Helio Castroneves (driver, #7 Acura Workforce Penske ARX-05) completed fifth: “Acura Workforce Penske did an exceptional job. Everyone was actually pushing and carried out properly.  It’s simply unlucky that we had been penalized [for passing under caution].  I fully, completely disagreed with the decision.  I noticed the yellow [flag] and waited till I used to be previous the scene [of a car stalled off course] earlier than I made the move.  However the officers didn’t see it that means. We had a automotive able to profitable, and we had been within the hunt for the win till the penalty.  The excellent news is we confirmed nice momentum.  What we discovered this 12 months, we’ll apply subsequent 12 months.”

Stephen Eriksen (Vice President and COO, Honda Efficiency Growth) on right this moment’s season finale Petit Le Mans race: “In Prototype, a fifth-place end for the #7 Acura ARX-05 just isn’t actually consultant of the tempo demonstrated within the race by all three drivers.  The race successfully ended within the second hour when an obvious brake difficulty on the #6 resulted in a crash.  Acura Workforce Penske did an ideal job getting the automotive repaired and again on monitor later within the race.  GTD was an event-filled weekend, with the disclosing of the Acura NSX GT3 Evo for subsequent season, an thrilling 2019 program announcement for Meyer Shank Racing, and a really shut battle for the championship that was not determined till the final lap.  We definitely discovered lots this season, and stay up for making use of it in 2019.”

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Circuit: Highway Atlanta (2.54-mile street course) Braselton, GA
Climate: Sunny, gentle, 72 levels F

High-6 Prototype Outcomes:

Ps. Class Drivers Workforce Chassis Laps/Notes
1. Prototype Renger Van Der Zande / Jordan Taylor Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi VR 443 laps
2. Prototype Tristan Nunez / Oliver Jarvis
Lucas De Grassi
Mazda Workforce Joest Mazda RT24P +5.306 seconds
three. Prototype Spencer Pigot / Jonathan Bomarito
Marino Franchitti
Mazda Workforce Joest Mazda RT24P 443 laps
four. Prototype Filipe Albuquerque / Joao Barbosa
Christian Fittipaldi
Motion Categorical Cadillac DPi VR 443 laps
5. Prototype Helio Castroneves / Ricky Taylor
Graham Rahal
Acura Workforce Penske Acura ARX-05 443 laps
6. Prototype Pipo Derani / Johannes van Overbeek
Timo Bernhard
Tequila Patron ESM Nissan      JSP 217 443 laps
13. Prototype Juan Pablo Montoya / Dane Cameron / Simon Pagena Acura Workforce Penske Acura ARX-05 310 laps – operating
[delayed – contact]

High-6 GTD Outcomes:

Ps. Class Drivers Workforce Chassis Time/Notes
1. GTD Cooper MacNeil / Daniel Serra
Gunnar Jeannette
Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 407 laps
2. GTD Alvaro Parente / Katherine Legge
Trent Hindman
Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 -Zero.876 seconds
three. GTD Bryan Sellers / Madison Snow
Corey Lewis
Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan 406 laps
four. GTD Patrick Lengthy / Christina Nielsen
Robert Renauer
Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R 406 laps
5. GTD Townsend Bell / Invoice Sweedler
Frank Montecalvo
Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 406 laps
6. GTD Daniel Morad / Sheldon van der Linde
Christopher Mies
Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS 406 laps
12. GTD Lawson Aschenbach / Justin Marks
Mario Farnbacher
Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 186 laps – didn’t
end [mechanical]
[Source: Acura]

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