PATASKALA, Ohio – Meyer Shank Racing has announced that automotive retailer AutoNation will expand its relationship with the team into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
MSR will campaign two effort Acura NSX GT3 entries during the Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear weekend at Belle Isle Park. The team won last year’s running of the Detroit event, giving Acura its first-ever victory with the Acura NSX GT3, and currently holds second in the team championship standings.
The No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 will return to the track in Detroit, driven by defending race winner Katherine Legge and Mario Farnbacher, who will fill in for Alvaro Parente due to a racing conflict.
The team’s full-season No. 93 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 will be shared by Lawson Aschenbach and Justin Marks.
Both team entries will carry AutoNation branding for the event. With over 300 locations and 26,000 associates, AutoNation’s purpose extends beyond selling and servicing vehicles. Its “Drive Pink” (http://drivepink.com) initiative looks to drive out cancer.
Since 2013, the company has raised over $14 million to fund cancer-related causes.
“We are thrilled to grow our support of Meyer Shank Racing by teaming up in the IMSA Championship,” said Marc Cannon, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of AutoNation.
The No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 entry was originally slated to focus on the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup Championship, but that schedule of outings has grown with the support of AutoNation, as well as team partners like CAP Fixtures and the Rocky Fork Company.
“It is really gratifying to have the partners that we have, and I’m thrilled to have AutoNation grow its involvement to be a part of our IMSA program,” said team co-owner Mike Shank. “The Acura NSX has been really strong this year, and of course we’ve got a great record with the car in Detroit, so hopefully we can get back to the podium there on Saturday with AutoNation.”