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.
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.