Acura brings Shank first ever 1-2 finish in Detroit

June 5, 2018

Acura brings Shank first ever 1-2 finish in Detroit

June 5, 2018

A popular coffee choice when the IMSA community heads to Detroit for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic is Tim Horton’s “Double Double” – a coffee with two creams and two sugars.

Acura very nearly had its own “Double Double” in Saturday’s 100-minute sports car race.

Acura repeated its win of a year ago in the GT Daytona class with the Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian team.

While last year it was Katherine Legge and Andy Lally that brought home the first win for the Acura NSX GT3 in the team’s No. 93 car, this year it was Legge and co-driver Mario Farnbacher who won in the No. 86 car.

For good measure, the No. 93 car of Lawson Aschenbach and Justin Marks finished second to complete the first 1-2 finish in Michael Shank’s team’s 23-year history.

Acura Team Penske’s two ARX-05 Prototype cars finished in second and third overall. The No. 7 car of Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves finished ahead of the No. 6 car of Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya.

So Acura very nearly had two sets of 1-2 finishes in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic. But they had a perfect set of four podium finishes of a possible four entries.

In GTD, Shank cars took on only left side tires and fuel for their stops, which propelled them on track position ahead of the polesitting No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3. This car took on four tires at its stop, and dropped behind the No. 93 car. The No. 86 car ran a lap later and beat both out, with Legge posting a very key, fast in lap before handing off her car to Farnbacher.

This was a special win for the No. 86 car, which was a late addition to the grid in Detroit following additional support that came together from AutoNation. Farnbacher substituted for Alvaro Parente. Both drivers have now won here multiple times.

It also keeps Legge in the GT Daytona championship frame, as she is now just three points behind the Miller Lamborghini pairing of Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow (Podium, left, courtesy of IMSA).

“I’m a little overwhelmed right now,” said Shank of his team’s top scoring race performance. “I am definitely dedicating this race to Jon Ikeda from Acura who really brought performance back to Acura and had the faith in us back when we started this NSX program. I am just so thankful for this result.

“It’s really just perfection on execution. We knew from the moment we unloaded that the race was going to be about good pit stops. We worked on it all weekend, we perfected it and we executed. I couldn’t be happier to have both of our cars up on the podium and it’s a first, in 23 years, that two of our cars finished first and second. I couldn’t be happier right now.”

“I’m super pumped with our results today!” Legge added. “It was the best possible outcome. I am over the moon happy. Now we are right there with them in the championship so we have to just move on to the next one to continue the fight. It’s for the championship so we have a different outlook and hopefully we can keep racing and moving forward.”

Acura sits second in the GTD manufacturer’s standings, nine points behind Lamborghini (132-123).

In Prototype, Cadillac leads Acura by 12 points (167-155) in the manufacturer’s standings.

IMSA resumes at Watkins Glen on July 1, with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

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