Sister No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 qualifies 11th
Monterey, Calif. (23 September 2017) – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is set for the America’s Tire 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca after qualifying seventh with the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 of Ozz Negri and Jeff Segal, and 11th with the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 of Katherine Legge and Andy Lally on Saturday.
The No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 showed speed throughout the three practice sessions on Friday and Saturdayahead of the 15-minute qualifying run. Segal posted the fourth fastest time in the first practice of the weekend on Friday while Negri topped the time charts in the afternoon session. The duo combined for the second quickest time during Saturday’s morning practice.
“It was a little frustrating especially, being P1 yesterday,” said Negri, who qualified the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 with a time of 1:25.518-seconds. “The car is the opposite from what it was yesterday. Yesterday we caught a lot of understeer and now today you can’t even turn the wheel and the rear just comes around on us. We have been working on it since the morning practice. After qualifying I have a pretty clear picture of what is going on. Now I am just going to dig into data and debrief with my engineer and hopefully we can get it fixed for tomorrow. We can win from any spot. Last year I think I won from P8. This is a place that I love and I have always done well here. All we need to do is fix that little bit of problem that we have with the rear. The grid is really tight and compressed and we can jump a lot of spots and I am confident we can do that.”
The No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 of Katherine Legge and Andy Lally will start the 2 hour and 40 minute event from the sixth row after Legge turned a fast lap of 1:25.800-seconds for 11th on the grid.
“Our car has changed massively and we have been struggling with the same issues,” said Legge. “So we’ll go back to the drawing boards. We haven’t been this far off all season and I’m not really sure why. We will have to figure it out and come back stronger for the race. It’s difficult from 11th because you’re right in the middle of the pack and you need to be careful. We need to start finishing some of these races and get back on the podium. To do that we need to be smart, have good strategy, and these Michael Shank Racing guys kill it in the pits. I love racing here so hopefully luck is on our side tomorrow.”
The America’s Tire 250 goes green Sunday at 2:05 PM local time (5:05 PM ET) with live coverage on FS1 beginning at 2:00 PM (5:00 PM ET).