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.