Race: 57th Running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona
Saturday, Jan. 26th Sunday, Jan. 27th
1:00-5:00PM NBCSN 3:00-6:00AM NBCSN App
5:00-9:00PM NBCSN App 6:00-3:00PM NBCSN
No. 86 LaSalle Solutions / Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo: Trent Hindman, Mario Farnbacher, Justin Marks, AJ Allmendinger
MSR Meet the Team / Media Availability:
Friday, January 25th at 2:00PM in the DIS Media Center Press Conference Room
Rolex 24 MSR Fast Facts:
Meyer Shank Racing Rolex 24 Historical Driver Roster:
Kelly Collins, Cort Wagner, Mike Newton, Tom Erdos, Brent Martini, Mike Borkowski, Paul Mears Jr. Larry Connor, Duncan Dayton, Paul Tracy, Ken Wilden, AJ Allmendinger, Ozz Negri, Mark Patterson, Justin Wilson, Ian James, Henri Zogaib, Helio Castroneves, Sam Hornish Jr., Burt Frisselle, John Pew, Graham Rahal, Michael Valiente, Colin Braun, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Mark Wilkins, Marc Goosens, Zak Brown, Martin Brundle, Mike McDowell, Jorge Goncalvez, Felipe Nasr, Gustavo Yacaman, Marcos Ambrose, Chris Cumming, Matt McMurry, Olivier Pla, Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Jeff Segal, Tom Dyer, Lawson Aschenbach, Justin Marks, Mario Farnbacher, Come Ledogar, Alvaro Parente, Trent Hindman, Bia Figueiredo, Simona De Silvestro, Christina Nielsen.
New for 2019:
The annual endurance classic is going on its 57th running but two key factors will be different for Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) for the 2019 season. The new for 2019 Michelin tire will be featured on all four classes of cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Challenge Championship. The Rolex 24 At Daytona will be the first race weekend with all teams utilizing the Michelin Tire.
MSR will return once again with the Acura NSX GT3– the third year of competition for the platform. Ahead of the 2019 season, Acura released the NSX GT3 Evo body kit which has several cosmetic feature changes. The revised bodywork includes a new front splitter, diffuser and rear bumper which are aimed to reduce drag and improve top speed while enhancing driveability and reliability. Other changes include a new and improved turbocharger which will improve throttle response, boost control and fuel economy.
2018 Season Rearview:
Meyer Shank Racing is coming off of one of its best seasons to date. The team started the 2018 season off strong with a big second place finish at the Rolex 24 At Daytona which included Trent Hindman and AJ Allmendinger in the podium winning lineup. Along with that win, the team also claimed the first round of the Michelin Endurance Cup at Daytona. The team continued on to score wins at Detroit and WeatherTech Raceway Lagune Seca as well as additional podiums at Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, VIR and Petit Le Mans. The season finale at Road Atlanta brought MSR mere points away from claiming the GTD championship. The team closed out the season with a well fought second place championship finish along with second place in the Michelin Endurance Cup.
LaSalle Solutions Joins Meyer Shank Racing for Rolex 24:
Specializing in technology lifecycle management, LaSalle Solutions will be the primary sponsor on the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 Evo. The tech management company aims to improve company’s technology operations in order to better plan and have an improved return on investment. Meyer Shank Racing is hoping to bring LaSalle Solutions its first IMSA WeatherTech Rolex 24 victory this weekend.
MSR Driver Breakdown:
Trent Hindman, No. 86 LaSalle Solutions / MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo:
Entering his third Rolex 24 At Daytona, the 23-year-old has silently driven up the ranks to a full season seat with MSR. So far Hindman has scored a podium in both of his entries in the twice around the clock event. 2017 marked a second place finish in the IMSA Prototype Challenge field while in 2018 Hindman scored a big second place finish with MSR alongside his current MSR teammate AJ Allmendinger.
“It’s great to be back and I’ve created great relationships within the team over the course of the 2018 season,” said Hindman. “So to be back for the Rolex 24 and the entire GTD championship is definitely a great feeling and confidence inspiring. Every year I come back to run the Rolex 24, I find that I am getting more and more comfortable. Just understanding what it takes to win this race. It’s something that two of the guys on our team have the experience of winning this race, they have watches and that’s something that Mario (Farnbacher) and I want as well.”
Mario Farnbacher, No. 86 LaSalle Solutions / MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo:
Farnbacher will make his IMSA return with MSR, this time as a full season driver next to Trent Hindman. Last year, Farnbacher was a critical asset in MSR scoring its first win in Detroit. Farnbacher has six years of Rolex 24 competition under his belt with a best finish of third in 2017. The two time Sebring 12 Hour winner is hoping to add a Rolex win to his resume at the end of the month.
“To be back for the full season is super amazing,” said Farnbacher. “There’s a lot of new teams and cars in the paddock and everyone came back this year more developed. Each year you see a lot of improvement of driver lineups. This is year is also new with the Michelin tires, so everything will be different for everyone. We basically start from zero with set ups and it will make all the difference if you figure out quickly what the car and driver want. I’m pretty sure the combination this year with Acura, MSR and our drivers will play out to our benefit. I feel honored to be a part of this team and I’m sure we have a good lineup and team to be really successful this year.”
Justin Marks, No. 86 LaSalle Solutions / MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo:
Having nine Rolex 24s under his belt, Marks is hoping to add another victory to his list of accomplishments. Marks scored his first Rolex 24 victory in 2009 among the GT field and becoming one of the few who own the highly sought after Rolex watch. Marks will be taking on endurance racing duties with MSR for the 2019 season and is hoping to start off strong at the Rolex 24.
“We knew that that tires would be a lot different but Michelin has done a great job,” said Marks. “As far as the new Evo package goes I am really happy with the updates that Acura has given us. The Evo kit has given us a lot more stability in the car, it’s easier to drive and is more user friendly. I think now it’s a platform that we can race more confidently with. This class [GTD] is so competitive and any manufacturer can win this race, but it’s really just going to come down to execution and MSR has proven to do that. Mike Shank has a group of guys that is one of the best at execution and strategy and pit stops. We have four strong drivers in our car and we can all put in good lap times and have solid stints. We will have to just make sure don’t get into issues with the race because I know we will be able to have a great race strategy and good pit stops.”
AJ Allmendinger, No. 86 LaSalle Solutions / MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo:
A staple amongst MSR’s Rolex 24 lineup, AJ Allmendinger is returning for his 13th endurance classic with the team. Having been a part of MSR’s historic Rolex win in 2012 to earning a podium at his first ever Rolex in 2006, Allmendinger is ready to score that inaugural GT Rolex 24 win for Meyer Shank Racing.
“I feel way more confident this year after having done my first Rolex 24 hour in the GTD class in 2018,” said Allmendinger. “I have a better feel of the car, the flow of the race and how the prototypes and GTLM cars race with the GTD cars. Our driver lineup this year is awesome between Trent, Mario and Justin. Trent really takes everything in and he’s a strong driver is a great as a teammate. Even last year in different cars I could talk to him and learned so much. He makes all of us faster and I can’t wait to race with him. I have had a friendship with Justin for a while now so it’s really cool we get to be teammates in 2019. He is a guy that has so much experience with so many different cars in his career. He’s very fast, but also solid and doesn’t make many mistakes which is what the Rolex 24 hour race is all about. I’m ready to go win with all of them.”