Detroit, Mich. (1 June 2019) – After a promising run that saw the No. 86 AutoNation liveried Acura NSX GT3 show podium potential pace, Meyer Shank Racing’s day came to an unfortunate early end on the streets of Belle Isle during the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic – the fifth stop on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Challenge calendar.
Looking to capture his second-straight win in Detroit, Mario Farnbacher and teammate Trent Hindman’s race in the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 resulted in an 11th place finish after suffering contact with the wall on Lap 22.
The team had a promising run after a late night of fine tuning the No. 86 Acura NSX on Friday. The adjustments paid off after Farnbacher and Hindman posted the fastest lap time during Saturday morning Warm Up.
Starting the 100-minute race from third on the grid, Hindman took the green flag and pushed through his 21 lap stint despite struggling with balance, before handing the car off to Farnbacher.
Unfortunately, on the exchange, a problem with the wheel gun on the outside rear halted the No. 86 Acura in pit lane. Upon returning to the track and taking the restart, Farnbacher tagged the outside wall of Turn 13 which left the Acura with damage too severe to finish the remaining 60 minutes of the race.
“It’s been an interesting 36 hours between not seeing the track before and showing up and be able to at least fight for a win and be up towards the pointy end of the field,” said Hindman. “It all comes down to having great teammates, a great team and good leadership here at MSR. It’s just a shame how our race ended because we had high hopes considering the last couple of years that MSR has had in Detroit. There’s a lot to learn from this event and we will apply all that to Watkins Glen.”
“We had some issues from the start,” said Farnbacher. “It all happened so quick and I just remember that I was trying to get around the McLaren and then mid corner the car snapped really hard which was not typical for the car. We are going to go back and look at the data to see exactly what happened so that we can make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
The next event on the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship calendar will be the annual Sahlen’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen on June 27-30. MSR won the 2017 edition of the Glen event and will look to do so again later this month.