Lexington, Ohio (5 May 2018) – After getting a quick start to the Acura Sports Car Challenge weekend, Meyer Shank Racing is looking forward to racing in front of the home crowd at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday (LIVE FS2 1:00 p.m. ET).
Both Meyer Shank Racing Acura entries produced strong qualifying runs and will start fourth (No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 of Katherine Legge and Alvaro Parente) and sixth (No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 of Justin Marks and Lawson Aschenbach) on the grid.
The race weekend is the first at Mid-Ohio for the team since 2013 and is just down the road from the team base outside of Columbus. A two-car campaign, with a pair of incredible Acura NSX GT3 entries, the team has a strong line up of drivers with a stout history at the natural terrain circuit. Parente and Aschenbach hold multiple class wins in Pirelli World Challenge competition at Mid-Ohio while Marks scored an impressive NASCAR Xfinity win at the rain-soaked track in 2016.
Qualifying driver for the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3, Marks, showed a strong pace throughout each of the three practice sessions leading up to the 15-minute qualifying run. As the team was locked and loaded, Marks hovered in the top-3 throughout most the session but was bumped to sixth in the closing moments of the session. Marks set a fast lap of 1:20.477-seconds.
“I thought it was on ok run for us,” explained Marks. “If it gets wet tomorrow, then we are okay. I am happy with the effort of our team and we’ve got a pretty great car to work with. Between Lawson (Aschenbach) and I, we have some strong history at the track and I’m confident we can get a good result tomorrow.”
The team’s sister car – No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 – which was qualified by Legge, was primed for a strong qualifying run. Legge put down consistent lap times during her 15-minute run and was able to score fourth on the grid with a 1:19.933-seconds lap.
“Qualifying went pretty well,” said Legge. “I think we legitimately should have been P3 but we got blocked out there and got shuffled back to fourth. We have a really great car and I’m excited to see what kind of result we can get tomorrow, especially if it rains.”
With weather that may produce a rain-soaked race tomorrow, the Meyer Shank Racing drivers are confident in the speed of the Acura NSX GT3 in wet conditions – the No. 93 won the 6-hours of Watkins Glen in the rain last year. And if it remains dry, the example of the 2017 No. 93 victory in dry conditions at Detroit is another strong reference point.
On top of an already exciting homecoming for the team, it will also be hosting a large crowd of family and corporate guests including members from CAP Fixtures, Roberts Service Group and Rocky Fork Company. Many of the team’s local sponsors first began their partnership with the team on Mid-Ohio grounds.
“Getting to race back at Mid-Ohio is really something special,” said Mike Shank. “This track holds so many memories for us and to get to race in front of all of our sponsors that have ultimately helped us get here is really cool. Qualifying went ok and I think we have two good cars under us tomorrow. The weather is tricky but all of the drivers have such a good record here, I’m feeling really confident.”
The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio will go green tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on FS2.