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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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  • Michael Shank Racing to Campaign 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Negri, Lally, Legge, Segal

    Michael Shank Racing to Campaign 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Negri, Lally, Legge, Segal

    Posted November 1, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    LAS VEGAS (1 November 2016) – Acura Motorsports today announced that Michael Shank Racing and RealTime Racing will field impressive and experienced driver lineups in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and SCCA Pirelli World Challenge.Driver Announcement

    Michael Shank Racing full-season drivers running the IMSA circuit will include Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri, Jr., and Jeff Segal. The team will field a pair of new Acura NSX GT3 race cars. The NSX GT3 will make its race debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in January.

    “It was an arduous selection process, but we’re extraordinarily pleased with the dynamic and experienced driver lineup which will launch our 2017 Acura Motorsports program with the new NSX GT3,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. “We believe we’ve assembled a group of drivers who have the skill and experience to take the Acura NSX GT3 to Victory Circle, and who will proudly represent the performance DNA of the Acura brand for our many fans.” Read More »

  • Shank, Pew Recognized at IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Banquet

    Posted October 7, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Pataskala, Ohio (7 October 2016) – On Monday, October 3, drivers, partners and team members gathered at Château Élan not far from Road Atlanta to celebrate the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

    Among those honored at the IMSA Championship banquet were Michael Shank Racing’s John Pew and team owner Mike Shank.

    The night opened with a tribute to Pew, who spent the previous 10 years competing in IMSA for the Michael Shank Racing team. The 2016 season marked Pew’s final year in the IMSA paddock as the Floridian driver takes an open-ended sabbatical from the top-level of racing. Read More »

  • Tim Keene Joins Michael Shank Racing

    Posted October 6, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Pataskala, Ohio (6 October 2016) – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is pleased to announce that Tim Keene has joined the organization as General Manager. The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will see the Ohio-based team transition from the prototype ranks to the GTD class with a two-car program for Acura Motorsports. Tim Keene

    Keene, who most recently served as Team Manager for the DeltaWing Racing team, has a tremendous amount of experience in the industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Michael Shank Racing team.

    Before entering the world of sports car racing, Keene spent a considerable amount of time in open-wheel racing. He began as a truck driver and fueler in 1994 and went on to become the lead mechanic at Chip Ganassi Racing for championship-winning drivers Alex Zanardi, Jimmy Vasser, and Juan Pablo Montoya.

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