MSR to feature a two-car line up at Belle Isle
Pataskala, Ohio (30 May 2018) – One year after scoring a breakthrough victory for Acura with the NSX GT3 platform, Meyer Shank Racing returns to Motor City this weekend for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear for Round 5 of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
The 2018 IMSA schedule travels north to Belle Isle, Michigan, with a two-class (Prototype + GTD) field set to compete on the 2.35-mile street circuit on Saturday.
The team will feature a two car line up for Detroit’s 100-minute sprint, with the No. 93 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 joined by the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 entry.
Katherine Legge will return to the seat of the No. 86 machine and will be paired with MSR endurance driver, Mario Farnbacher, who will be filling in for Alvaro Parente who has a racing conflict this weekend. The No. 93 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 – driven by Lawson Aschenbach and Justin Marks will continue the fight for victory after notching another top-five result with a run to fifth at Mid-Ohio earlier in May.
With two strong Acura NSX machines in its stable, Meyer Shank Racing is focused on returning to the podium in Detroit and continuing to have a strong presence in the championship fight.
“It’s really exciting to be back with the team and hopefully we can continue to deliver results and be in the fight for the championship,” said Legge. “We have had such a strong car this season and I am hoping to get another win this year with Mario (Farnbacher) as my co-driver.”
Farnbacher is familiar with the podium at Belle Isle, having scored a GTD class victory in 2015 and a second-place GTD result in 2014.
“I’m excited to be teaming back up with Meyer Shank Racing,” said Farnbacher. “I really like Detroit, and I like street circuits in general. They are always a special challenge with how close you get to the walls, but it’s something that I love. I am very excited to be coming back to Meyer Shank Racing and driving with Katherine (Legge). My main job will be to not only keep the car in one piece but to help keep Katherine in the championship and get some good points. The win last year with Katherine and Andy (Lally) showed the potential of the car so I think we will have a good weekend.”
Meyer Shank Racing driver, Aschenbach, also has a strong history at the circuit, having clocked the pole position time for the GTD class in 2017. Marks will look to carry lessons learned from his previous run in Pirelli World Challenge competition at the temporary course to bring home a solid finish at the close of the sprint weekend.
“I love Detroit,” said Aschenbach of his experience at the track. “I think it’s one of the coolest street courses. For me, I have led a ton of laps there, I’ve gotten pole positions, but for some reason I just haven’t won a race yet. I really circle that event on the calendar because I want to get the monkey off my back. It’s such an important race for sports car racing because all of the big name manufacturers are up there. I can’t wait to put on a show for the fans and I’m looking forward to getting the NSX on track.”
“I’m looking forward to Detroit,” said Marks of the Belle Isle course. “I raced there once in World Challenge many years ago and remember the place being very challenging and fun. That coupled with the success MSR and the Acura NSX had there in 2017 has me pretty excited for the event. I feel our 93 team is getting stronger every race and we’re trending towards the podium. Lawson (Aschenbach) has been great behind the wheel and the development on the car has been positive. I think we’ll definitely contend for the top-3 and hopefully better this weekend.”
Meyer Shank Racing will showcase its two car Acura NSX GT3 lineup this weekend at the Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear at Belle Isle. The race will be broadcasted on FS2 at 12:30 PM ET.