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  • RECAP: Michael Shank Racing at the Roar Before the 24

    RECAP: Michael Shank Racing at the Roar Before the 24

    Posted January 8, 2017 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Daytona Beach, Fla. (8 January 2017) – The annual ‘Roar Before the 24’ test days took place at Daytona International Speedway over the weekend as Michael Shank Racing logged laps at the World Center of Racing in preparation for the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona at the end of the month.BCPix.com

    The test was all the more important for the Ohio-based team as the group’s two brand-new Acura NSX GT3 machines took their first official laps around the circuit following testing at Daytona in November and December. The Roar allowed for a wide-range of data gathering throughout the weekend as Friday featured warm and sunny weather conditions, with rain on Saturday, followed by cold temperatures and windy conditions on Sunday.

    Taking advantage of the countless hours of preparation that went into preparing the new machine for GTD competition, both Acura machines logged plenty of laps with all eight Rolex 24 drivers on hand for the test. The team made demonstrable gains throughout the weekend as it worked to gather valuable data on the new car.

    The No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 of Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Mark Wilkins, and Graham Rahal ran 210 laps with a fast time of 1:47.929-seconds.

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  • Michael Shank Racing Announces 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Driver Line Ups 

    Michael Shank Racing Announces 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Driver Line Ups 

    Posted December 21, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Acura Reveals Race Liveries by AERO Advanced Paint Technology

    Photo Credit: LAT Photographic/Acura Motorsports

    Pataskala, Ohio (21 December 2016) – Michael Shank Racing has revealed the team’s 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver pairings as the Ohio-based squad kicks off the year with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.

    Andy Lally and Katherine Legge will be joined by Mark Wilkins and Graham Rahal in the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 for the season-opening Daytona event. The team’s second car will see longtime Michael Shank Racing driver Ozz Negri alongside Jeff Segal, Tom Dyer and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

    All eight drivers will take part in the annual Roar Before the 24 on January 6-8.

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  • Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal Complete Michael Shank Racing Rolex 24 Driver Line Up

    Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal Complete Michael Shank Racing Rolex 24 Driver Line Up

    Posted December 8, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Photo credit: Honda Racing/Acura Motorsports

    Pataskala, Ohio (8 December 2016) – Indianapolis 500 winner and IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will join Verizon IndyCar Series race winner Graham Rahal to complete the Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 driving lineup at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in January.

    The IndyCar veterans will join a strong driver lineup that includes full-season Michael Shank Racing drivers Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Ozz Negri and Jeff Segal as well as endurance event drivers Tom Dyer and Mark Wilkins, aboard the No. 86 and No. 93 Acura NSX GT3s.

    Both Hunter-Reay and Rahal have already driven for the Michael Shank Racing operation at the Rolex 24 in Daytona Prototype competition. Fellow Ohio native Rahal drove the No. 60 Ford-Riley with Negri, Mark Patterson and Justin Wilson when the team scored the pole position and went on to finish sixth in the endurance event in 2008.

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  • Test Wrap: Michael Shank Racing’s First Acura NSX Test at Daytona International Speedway

    Posted November 16, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Daytona Beach, Fla. (16 November 2016) – Michael Shank Racing launched its new two-car Acura NSX program at Daytona International Speedway as the teamparticipated in the IMSA sanctioned event on Tuesday and Wednesday. Full-time drivers Ozz Negri, Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, and Jeff Segal were joined by recently announced North American Endurance Cup drivers Mark Wilkins and Tom Dyer for the two-day event.

    All six drivers shared seat time between the No. 86 Acura NSX and the No. 93 Acura NSX machines which are numbered in celebration of Acura’s first year (1986) and for when Honda Performance Development opened for business (1993). With 14 hours of testing time on offer, the Michael Shank Racing squad logged over 700 trouble-free miles and obtained valuable data in preparation for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

    “The key word is progress,” said Team Owner Mike Shank. “We made progress in almost every area of the car, even more than I thought we would. This car is new from the bottom up. Every system that we knew we had issues with, we made big gains with and that’s exactly what I would hope. We are setting ourselves up to be competitive for the Rolex 24. And that’s all we can ask for. It’s just been super positive and everything is going in the right direction, everyone has the right attitude, everyone knows we have a lot of work to do but everyone is doing their part. From the crew, to the engineers to the drivers, just everybody.”

    The team will be back at Daytona International Speedway on December 13-14 for a second IMSA-sanctioned test.

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  • Endurance Drivers Join Michael Shank Racing 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Effort

    Posted November 14, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off
    • Tom Dyer, Mark Wilkins to take part endurance events
    • Duo will take part in Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship and Sprint-X races
    • Both will participate in testing this week at Daytona International Speedway

    SANTA CLARITA, CA (Nov. 14, 2016) – Veteran drivers Tom Dyer and Mark Wilkins will join the Michael Shank Racing (MSR) Acura NSX GT3 effort at four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship rounds of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, starting with the Rolex 24 at Daytona in Style: "70's look"January.

    California native Dyer, 38, has experience in nearly every field of the sport, from karting as a youth through junior open-wheel racing categories, NASCAR, oval track midgets and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series.

    Wilkins brings a long list of GT and endurance racing accomplishments to the NSX GT3 program, including LMPC class wins at the 2016 12 Hours of Sebring, 2014 Rolex 24, and 2013 Petit Le Mans.  The 33-year-old Canadian has five class victories in Pirelli World Challenge competition since 2012.

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