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MSR Confirms Second Acura for Mid-Ohio

Meyer Shank Racing confirms Parente, Legge in second Acura NSX GT3 for Mid-Ohio…

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Meyer Shank Racing has confirmed that it will enter its second Acura NSX GT3 in next month’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, building on the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup-only program initially announced for that car.

Katherine Legge and Alvaro Parente will drive the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 in the third GT Daytona round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Legge and Parente, who currently sit third in the GTD drivers’ championship alongside Trent Hindman, will join the season-long No. 93 entry of Lawson Aschenbach and Justin Marks in the team’s home event.

“We’ve had a strong start to the season so far with both cars and we’ve been working really hard to get the 86 car out for Mid-Ohio,” said team co-owner Mike Shank.

“This track is so close to home and we have had so many great memories at this event, we were really motivated to make it happen.

“This is going to be a big weekend for us. We are really fortunate to have the partners that we do, who all wanted to see this happen. Katherine and Alvaro will come on board and I know that they both can continue their pace that they have shown already this season.”

While having only so far confirmed Mid-Ohio, it’s understood an active effort is underway to secure funding for the remainder of the WeatherTech Championship season, potentially with a revised driver lineup.

MSR’s news comes just days after fellow Acura GTD squad HART has essentially ruled itself out of the race, due to not having been able to raise the necessary budget.

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

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. David Chaste

    April 20, 2018 at 10:02 am

    A Honda rep drops a black duffel bag full of cash in a trash bin. Michael Shank dressed as a waste disposal worker drives up in a garbage truck and empties the contents of the bin into the truck and drives off.

    Being 3rd brings lots of hope.
    The chance to win a major championship and get some recognition for their gt3 car is not lost on honda. Especially since it looks like penske is unlikely to win the manufacturer or driver title in their first year in prototypes.

  2. Dan

    April 20, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Yeah Honda/Acura is definitely paying for this race along with the cars NAEC program. It has no real AM in the car and no major sponsorship to pay the bills, Honda wants an extra bullet in the gun especially after HART attempt fell through. They want a win on home ground, I’m sure a big reason the series is back at mid Ohio is due to Honda since they are sponsoring the event.

    • Northstar

      April 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Where did you see HART fell through? They are only doing the NAEC races last I heard.

      • John

        April 20, 2018 at 9:19 pm

        There’s a link to the story in the last paragraph above.

        • Northstar

          April 20, 2018 at 9:41 pm

          That just says they aren’t running a race they weren’t initially planning on running in the first place. That doesn’t really equate to “falling through”.

          • John

            April 20, 2018 at 11:10 pm

            Well, obviously at some point, the original plan to run the NAEC obviously expanded to include an attempt at their home race, otherwise Dagys need not have written a story about then not being able to follow through and do so. They added to their plans, and that part of it fell through.

            Is that so hard to comprehend?

  3. Change it up

    April 20, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Honda should just get into NASCAR, look how much good its done for Toyota.

  4. Paige

    April 20, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Awesome to hear especially with Katherine & Alvaro P3 in points!

    If they get the funding to go full-time… That would be great!

  5. Johannes275

    April 20, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Except that was 2007. Joining NASCAR in 2018 is pretty bad from a marketing perspective.

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