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Meyer Shank Confirms No. 86 Acura, Legge for Rest of Season

Meyer Shank Racing commits its second Acura for remaining WeatherTech Championship races…

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Meyer Shank Racing has committed its second Acura NSX GT3 for the remainder of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. 

The Ohio-based team initially planned to enter the No. 86 car in just the four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup rounds but has made additional race starts following several strong results.

Katherine Legge and Alvaro Parente have shared the car for most of the season so far while Trent Hindman, AJ Allmendinger and Mario Farnbacher have also made appearances behind the wheel.

Legge is currently second in the GT Daytona drivers’ standings and will continue for the rest of the season although her co-driver is currently yet to be announced.

She has driven with Parente at every race so far apart from Detroit when Farnbacher replaced the Portuguese driver and helped take the car to so far its only win of the season.

In addition, Lawson Aschenbach and Justin Marks will remain in the No. 93 car which finished second at Detroit, earning the team its first ever 1-2 finish.

“We’ve been so fortunate to have our partners stepping up and keep us going forward this year, and we are at the point of the season that we needed to make a full commitment one way or another,” said team owner Michael Shank.

“We are in a strong position right now in this championship so we want to keep our foot in it and go for it.

“It was critical to be able to manage this second entry without compromising anything else that we are doing as an organization.

“So I’m happy to have some of our long-time sponsors as well as some new ones help us keep pushing all the way to the end.

“Now that we have this confirmed we can just put our heads down and focus on the championship.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake




    July 12, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    GREAT NEWS!!!!

  2. Mike S.

    July 12, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Man having a good hard issue on who to root for in GTD title chase so far. I like Sellers and Snow they seem like cool dudes and wanted Sellers to always win in the Falken Porsche with Wolfie. I like Katherine and Parente is one of best in the business. I am enjoying this fight so far and hope it goes down to the end.

    • Max

      July 12, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Yup. No matter who wins, the fans win!

  3. jason

    July 12, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Yahhy! As far as Lime Rock goes. I still hold hope we can get to 20 (or more). There is the rumored 2nd Riley Mercedes still. I am holding out hope that CORE autosport may decide to run Bennett/Braun for the 2 all GT races in the Porsche.

    • Andy Flinn

      July 13, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      Jason, as it stands now at 19 cars, with the exception of Grand-Am in 2007 and 2008, this GT only grid stands with the best it’s ever been at Lime Rock in the past 15 years.

      ALMS 2013 at Lime Rock was at 19 cars (11 GT2 and 8 spec Porsche Challenge). Grand-Am 2013 at Lime Rock was also 19 cars (14 Rolex GT and 4 GX).

      I’m glad to see the #86 will race the rest of the season.

      • Andy Flinn

        July 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm

        That should be 15 Rolex GT in 2013.

  4. N8

    July 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Great news! Let’s hope the battle stays tight all the way to Petit!

  5. Old Trombone

    July 12, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Kat Legge needs a good co-driver, and Mr Hindman is the best there is. C’mon Meyer Shank, put Trent in the 86 Acura!

    • Matt

      July 13, 2018 at 8:08 am

      Trent is great – but Alvaro Parente is a Platinum/Pro driver and PWC/GT champ. I don’t think MSR would be doing Katherine a favor if they aren’t able to secure Alvaro

  6. Fernando

    July 14, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Trent might be good, but Parente is at another level. To win the championship Parente is the guy that can make it happen.

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