Pataskala, Ohio (23 September 2020) – Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) and Acura will target overall victories in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar competition as the Ohio-based team is set to campaign the Acura AXR-05 starting with the 2021 season.
The program marks a new and exciting chapter for MSR, which was originally tabbed by Acura to manage the competition debut for the Acura NSX GT3 in 2017. That program delivered on its potential, with MSR having claimed six victories, 21 podium finishes and two 2019 championships with the 3.5 liter, twin turbocharged V-6 GTD class machine.
Capturing the 2019 IMSA team and driver championships with Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher was the result of the well-formed relationship that was developed between MSR and Acura.
“We have worked for so many years to get a championship title and I think that partnering with Acura back in 2017 was just what we, as a team, needed to make that happen,” said Mike Shank. “We’ve continued to push for podiums and victories, and the performance that Acura brings to the table in such a competitive series is exactly what we needed to get the job done.”
The 2021 season will bring MSR back to it’s roots of IMSA competition as the Ohio-based team makes a return to the Prototype ranks. MSR first utilized Honda power in 2015 when the team moved to the LMP2-specification Ligier, getting a fast start with a run to the Rolex 24 At Daytona pole and going on to claim three podium finishes with the Honda Ligier at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Detroit and and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
MSR continued with Honda into the 2016 season which saw the team make its debut entry into the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where drivers, Ozz Negri, John Pew and Laurens Vanthoor led laps and finished ninth. MSR went on to make its 250th Prototype start at the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans and win the 10-hour endurance event, which concluded the team’s Prototype run. The 2017 IMSA season began MSR’s new era with Honda and Acura, debuting two Acura NSX GT3s.
“When Acura and HPD chose Meyer Shank Racing to debut the Acura NSX GT3 in 2017, it was a big moment in our history,” continued Shank. “I’m really proud of building a championship-winning program and everything that we’ve been able to accomplish together with the NSX. As a team, we’ve been working towards the opportunity to go and fight for overall wins for a long time, and I am thrilled to be making this announcement and eager to get going with this DPi program. But we have some work to do first, and we are 100% focused on bringing another IMSA championship home with the Acura NSX in 2020.”
“Mike (Shank) and I are both eager to expand our IMSA program and get to once again work with Acura and Honda Performance Development,” said MSR co-owner, Jim Meyer. “Mike has built such a strong IMSA program over the last decade and this is another step that we’re looking forward to pursuing.”
Meyer Shank Racing currently leads the GTD championship heading into the team’s home event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend.