PATASKALA, Ohio – After originally planning to compete in just the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup, a strong start to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season has led Meyer Shank Racing to commit to fielding the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 for the rest of the year.
After opening the season with a Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup win at Daytona, scoring a class win at the Detroit Grand Prix for the second year running with a 1-2 team finish, and then racing to another Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup round win at Watkins Glen, the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 currently sits second in the IMSA GT Daytona class championship.
MSR has held a strong driver line up for the No. 86 machine this season with Katherine Legge, Alvaro Parente, Trent Hindman, A.J. Allmendinger and Mario Farnbacher all sharing the seat.
Meyer Shank Racing will now compete with two full season entries for the remainder of the season as the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 joins the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 entry at Lime Rock Park, Road America, Virginia Int’l Raceway, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta.
Lawson Aschenbach and Justin Marks share driving duties of the No. 93 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3.
Mike Shank, who recently concluded an agreement that saw the team take on a new name and co-owner with Jim Meyer, has made the commitment to race all the way to the end of the season.
With Rocky Fork Co., Roberts Service Group and CAP Fixtures – along with the continued relationship with SiriusXM, MSR will look to close the season strong as they attempt to earn their first championship.
“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 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.”