Braselton, Ga. (16 October 2018) – Closing out the 2018 season by continuing to celebrate the excellence of IMSA participants and fans alike, Continental Tire recognized standout team members during the IMSA Night of Champions this weekend following the Motul Petit Le Mans event.
Among those earning some well-deserved recognition was Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) Technical Director Dale Wise, who was presented the Continental Tire ExtremeSpirit Award for the GTD class.
Wise was one of the first members to join MSR when it competed in Toyota Atlantics and has been an integral part of the team’s growth ever since.
Quiet, but astoundingly effective, Wise has helped MSR find success in a wide range of machinery, from Formula Atlantics to Daytona Prototypes to LMP2 to the all-new Acura NSX GT3 starting in 2017. His calculations and innovations in approach have seen the team regularly factor at the front, no matter what category the rapidly expanding organization is competing in.
After the No. 86 MSR Acura NSX GT3 secured the second place trophy in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship following another winning season with the Acura platform, Wise was also recognized for his work throughout the season.
Continental Tire’s ExtremeSpirit Award is given to one member of each IMSA class competing on Continental Tires and is awarded to team members who have demonstrated great respect to fellow competitors, sponsors, track operators, officials, media and fans during the 2018 season. The ExtremeSpirit Award also extends to members who accept victory with humility and defeat with grace.
Checking all the boxes, Wise’s humble attitude has been a key factor to the team’s motivation throughout the 2018 season. Wise’s constant contributions to not only the team, but also to the series were recognized as he was the sole winner representing the GTD class.
“Dale (Wise) has been with us for a very long time and has done so much for this team,” said Mike Shank. “He is one of the smartest guys that I have ever worked with, and he always puts forth 100% all the time. Engineers tend to stand behind the scenes, but Dale is a key reason for our program getting to where it is today and I cannot thank him enough for what he has done for us.”