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Acura Reveals Shank Liveries, Driver Pairings

Acura confirms Shank liveries, driver pairings for IMSA season…

Image: Acura

Image: Acura

Acura has unveiled the race liveries for the pair of Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 cars, as well as confirming the driver pairings for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, including the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Andy Lally and Katherine Legge will pilot the No. 93 car in the 12-round championship and will be joined by Mark Wilkins for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races and IndyCar star Graham Rahal for Daytona.

The No. 86 Acura, meanwhile, will see Ozz Negri and Jeff Segal team up for the season, with Tom Dyer in the four endurance races and Ryan Hunter-Reay completing the lineup for Daytona.

The pair of Acuras will feature a striking “mirror image” black, grey and white graphics.

The No. 86 car, commemorating Acura’s 30th anniversary since its establishment in 1986, will have a black nose, fading to a grey cross hatch pattern before giving way to white at the rear.

The No. 93 entry, representing 1993, the year HPD was founded, will reverse the color pattern, with a white front end transitioning to a black rear deck.

“The debut of the Acura NSX GT3 at the prestigious Rolex 24 will mark the return of the Acura brand to IMSA sports car competition,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development and Acura Motorsports.

“We’ve aimed to race the NSX in North America since the car was just a sketch on paper, and we couldn’t be more excited than to debut at Daytona.”

All eight drivers will be on hand at next month’s Roar Before the Rolex 24, ahead of the car’s competition debut in the Rolex 24 on Jan. 28-29.

Image: Acura

Image: Acura

Image: Acura

Image: Acura

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Dan

    December 21, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Im a fan of the car, not a fan of the driver lineups with the fake ams or the liveries which look like they were made to be distinctive not much else. Aero made brilliant liveries for the ligier but these not so much.

    • GT3 Racer

      December 21, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Agree, very uninspired. Graphically there is little chance of integrating other corporate logos into the “pile of sticks” on the side/rear of the car, looks messy.

  2. Not Nick

    December 21, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Looks better than the BMW art car, more artistic even!

  3. GriffM3

    December 21, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Very nice! Makes the BMW art care look like crap honestly and I am a bimmerphile.

  4. P

    December 21, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Wolf Whistle, I like it.

    Hope there are more liveries coming like

    Red and White (Daytona)
    Blue camouflage (Long Beach)
    Tire Kingdom Dark Red (Road Atlanta)

  5. NaBUru38

    December 21, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Nice textures! But just black and white is rather boring. I’d have preferred some blue, like the old RealTime sedans.

  6. Matt

    December 21, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    It does heavily concern me when the livery design and only prominent sponsorship are from the manufacture themselves. Would be fine if it was a GTE car, but GTD is a pro-am GT3 class, and that’s scary. Not even mentioning the driver lineup too.

    • Bakkster

      December 21, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Sure, but that has already happened. Lexus, Bentley, Nissan, and others have had full factory GT3s already (not all in IMSA).

      • Issac

        December 21, 2016 at 2:33 pm

        Bentley, Nissan,Cadillac and others tend to compete in the PRO categories like in Blancpain. Allowing two full blown and one factory backed effort into a class built around pro ams is a bad idea. If they come in run away with the title and drive up costs faster than they would already this time next year we could be facing a 10 car GTD field at best. Ask all the GS teams that disappeared. It appears no one learned from it.

        • Steve

          December 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm

          Very good point. Seems to me that Shank has forgotten where he came from when Acura came knocking. Does the term, “in spirit of the sport” even exist in that class any longer? I’m sure Jon Potter and Tim Pappas feel the same. Even the Stevensons are second guessing themselves and they have been a mainstay in GrandAm/IMSA.

          • Jeff Braun

            December 22, 2016 at 3:23 am

            Don’t blame Mike, his job is to take maximum advantage of the rules as written. We do the same thing. No one likes the rules on driver rankings, but it’s what we have.

      • Andy Flinn

        December 22, 2016 at 12:25 pm

        Bakkster, actually NONE in IMSA. I like Shank and Gentilozzi, and I like the livery. Much better than any Porsche GTLM livery and that BNW “art car” that looks like it was styled by a kindergartner. We’ll have to wait and see if these factory-supported pseudo pro-am teams (who are the ams?) wreck the GTD class or not.

        We saw what WeatherTech did last year. What are the real and going to do if the Acuras and Lexus cars consistently block out the podium?

  7. Helmuth

    December 21, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    What happened to the nice bright colors on racing cars ? Its depressing

  8. KW

    December 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Someone should have told the designers that graphite grey is out of fashion, since smart has made it available on the smart fortwo 🙂
    Basically the Acura is simply a copy of the Audi R8.

  9. Greg

    December 21, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    So GTD is a ProAm class you say…

    I guess better to try and club baby seals (relatively) in GTD vs slug it out with the big boys (BMW, Chevy, Ferrari, Ford, Porsche, etc…) in GTLM. But I guess with Honda’s recent track record in motorsport (F1, Indy, etc) you can’t really blame them.

  10. Mike S

    December 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    This has Acura design all over it. With the cool liveries he had on the P2 the last several years I am sure he’s a company man a bit now for Acura and didn’t have a lot of say maybe. It has notes of the Acura Real Time Racing design just different colors.

  11. David Chaste

    December 21, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Ozz Negri is a proper silver. Anyone over 50 becomes a silver.

    But as the silvers Ozz Negri and Ms Legge could jump in a well BOP’ed GTLM car or DPi/LMP2 and run with nearly anyone. They were in contention for a podium at Detroit with the Ligier until things went amiss.

  12. your grandpa posting from a 1998 Compaq Presario

    December 22, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Why didnt they duct tape the white bumpers onto the white car?

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