Acura Automobiles: Another Podium Run for Michael Shank Racing, Acura in Monterey

  • Andy Lally, Katherine Legge finish second during a America’s Tire 250
  • Fourth lectern finish of 2017, including dual wins, for Acura in IMSA competition
  • Acura NSX GT3 continues to stir in initial North American racing season

A mid-race preference to separate array strategies between a span of Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s paid dividends Sunday during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  The motorist pairing of Katherine Legge and Andy Lally done opportunistic passes for position – all while saving fuel – to measure a second-place finish in a GTD category in a penultimate turn of a 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The lectern finish was a fourth of a deteriorate for Lally and Legge in a #93 MSR Acura, including foe victories during Detroit and Watkins Glen, and a second-place finish during Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. 

Starting 11th in GTD, Legge gained 4 positions in a initial 40 mins of a 2 hour, 40-minute contest, afterwards stretched her fuel mileage to run to a 55-minute mark, relocating adult to second as other GTD competitors pitted for their initial scheduled service. 

With Lally during a circle of a #93 NSX GT3, a full-course counsel duration led a MSR group to call him in for a final scheduled array stop with an hour and 10 mins remaining, requiring Lally to save fuel in sequence to finish a foe yet a third array stop.

Meanwhile, a #86 MSR Acura, started by Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri from seventh, shortly changed adult to fourth as a maestro Brazilian finished his possess considerable stint. With Negri handing off to co-driver Jeff Segal during a 53-minute mark, a MSR group inaugurated to keep a #86 NSX GT3 on a strange array plan, as a 16-car GTD margin effectively separate into dual groups. 

As a foe entered a shutting stages with no additional cautions, Lally was using fourth, yet changed adult to second in a final laps as dual other competitors ran brief of fuel and were forced to pit.  Meanwhile, Segal softened from 12th to 10th, yet was incompetent to allege serve in a run to a checkers.

The Acura NSX GT3s foe in a GTD category of a WeatherTech series, campaigning opposite reward automotive brands including Aston-Martin, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

Honda Performance Development (HPD), a racing arm for Acura Motorsports in North America, and J.A.S. Motorsport of Italy are now charity a race-winning NSX GT3 for sale around a universe for a 2018 season. In further to a success in a IMSA WeatherTech series, a NSX GT3 also has available a feat in Pirelli World Challenge foe this year.

Developed from a prolongation Acura NSX, a NSX GT3 utilizes a prolongation NSX’s ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material physique with aluminum-intensive space frame, that is constructed during a Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, disdainful worldwide prolongation trickery for a NSX. The 3.5-liter racing engine uses a same pattern specifications as a prolongation Acura NSX, including a block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system. A six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox delivers energy to a behind wheels.

Video recaps from this weekend’s Acura WeatherTech SportsCar Championship foe during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca are being posted on a “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel.  Produced by a Carolinas Production Group, a video packages can be found in a 2017 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at:

The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship now takes one week off before resuming Oct 7 for a season-ending Petit Le Mans 10-hour continuation foe during Road Atlanta in Gainesville, Ga.

Andy Lally (driver, #93 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) finished second today:  “Michael Shank Racing called an overwhelming foe and it’s a plan that put us [on a podium]. We came out of a box struggling this weekend. But Dale [Wise, technical director] and a guys put their heads together and gave us a unequivocally good setup in a morning comfortable adult [final use session] and it paid off. The NSX GT3 did a unequivocally good pursuit progressing a tires. It’s good to mount on a lectern and mist a small champagne. We came into this weekend meditative that we would be propitious to get a tip 5 [result]. The MSR guys played a unequivocally intelligent plan and we came out with second place.”

Katherine Legge (driver, #93 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) finished second today: “It’s a covenant to a strength of a Michael Shank Racing Acura team. It was all to do with plan and saving fuel. We didn’t have a undisguised speed today, yet we pulled it out. We ran as quick as we could while saving as most fuel as we could. Hopefully this will give us some movement going to Petit Le Mans. We still need a small bit some-more speed.  We didn’t have it here, yet it creates things a small bit easier. Hopefully we can go to Road Atlanta and finish a deteriorate off on a high note.”

Michael Shank (owner, Michael Shank Racing) on today’s race: “It unequivocally came down to fuel mileage. The #86 indispensable [to make up] 5 laps of fuel, while a #93 usually indispensable dual laps. We took a possibility with a 93 [making it to a finish after a early stop] that a 86 couldn’t [do]. It’s hapless since Ozz [Negri] and Jeff [Segal] have been quick all weekend. It’s good to be behind on a podium. This weekend is a good instance of what we need to do to be successful, so we consider this was a good approach to go into [the deteriorate finale] Petit Le Mans.”

Lee Niffenegger (Acura NSX GT3 Project Leader, Honda Performance Development): “This was a good instance of never giving up.  Both cars showed good gait via use and, even yet we had a unsatisfactory subordinate session, a Michael Shank Racing group came adult with a good plan call mid-race.  The preference to separate array strategies between a #93 and #86 Acuras paid off with another lectern finish for Andy [Lally] and Katherine [Legge], a fourth of a deteriorate in IMSA competition, including a victories during Detroit and Watkins Glen.  It’s hapless that Jeff [Segal] and Ozz [Negri] were incompetent to gain on a speed they demonstrated via a weekend in a #86 NSX GT3, yet a preference to separate a strategies was a scold call as a foe played out.  It’s good to get another clever outcome for MSR and Acura after a integrate of tough races, and we demeanour brazen to finishing a year with another good finish during a Petit Le Mans in dual weeks.”

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