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RACE: Round 9 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

TRACK: At 4 miles long, the historic Road America circuit is the longest on the 2017 IMSA calendar.

No. 86 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3: Ozz Negri, Jeff Segal
No. 93 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3: Andy Lally, Katherine Legge

No. 93 Acura NSX GT3: 3rd with 205 points
No. 86 Acura NSX GT3: 9th with 174 points

Michael Shank Racing’s recent results have not only boosted the team’s rank in the championship standings, but has also put Acura right in the thick of the manufacturer’s championship battle. Acura is just six points out of the manufacturer’s championship lead and just three points out of second.

1. Ferrari — 238 points
2. Mercedes-AMG — 235 points
3. Acura — 232 points

100th START: Jeff Segal will make his 100th GT start this weekend at Road America. He made his first GT start in 2003 and has since taken 12 victories and 28 podiums.

Starts: 81 GRAND-AM, 2 ALMS, 16 IMSA WeatherTech

Michael Shank Racing’s Road America History: Michael Shank Racing has never finished outside of the top-five since the team began racing at Road America in 2011. Those statistics include two podium finishes (2012 & 2014). The organization fielded a second car in 2013 which finished sixth.

Team owner Mike Shank’s first experiences at Road America were as a driver and not a team owner. He raced at the track in Toyota Atlantics, but his time at Road America dates back to his early club racing days. After several years of Atlantics competition, Michael Shank Racing transitioned into the sports car ranks in 2004. But it wasn’t until 2011 that Mike Shank’s team finally returned to Elkhart Lake with the then GRAND-AM series before it merged with the American Le Mans Series and became what’s now known as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Mike Shank on racing at Road America: “It was in 1989 and I qualified second in Pro Sport 2000. It’s a great track, I loved it. Of course being a Midwestern guy, I raced at Road America in club racing all of my life. I raced in Toyota Atlantics at the track in 1996. And then again as a team owner, we ran several different guys there and podiumed a few times.”

Driver Highlights at Road America:

Ozz Negri: Negri’s first experience at Road America was as a test driver for the Barber Dodge Pro Series. He has scored two IMSA podium results at the track with Michael Shank Racing (2012 & 2014).

Andy Lally: Lally’s first-ever IMSA start came at Road America in 2000 when he drove a Nissan-Lola and finished seventh. Since then, he’s competed in 10 more races at the track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, GRAND-AM, ALMS, and WeatherTech Series. His Road America resume boasts two podium finishes: third in 2003 while racing in the ALMS and third in 2001 while racing in GRAND-AM.

Katherine Legge: Legge has six starts at Road America. Her first two events were in Champ Car while the remaining four were with the DeltaWing Racing program. Legge had a significant high-speed crash at Road America in 2006 when the rear wing of her car broke. She amazingly emerged from the crash uninjured, but the video of the incident went viral.

Jeff Segal: Segal has made three IMSA starts at Road America and won in the GT class in 2012.

NEW LIVERY: Road America will see the two Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 machines debut a new livery with all new colors that reflect those of the Acura NSX GT3 road car. The No. 93 is blue, while the No. 86 is red. Both colors are very similar to that of the OEM color of the Acura NSX GT3 road car – Nouvelle Blue Pearl and Valencia Red Pearl. Several of Michael Shank Racing’s previous liveries have displayed a chrome look in the past and is highly popular with fans of the Ohio-based team. Once again, AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology has created a chrome livery for the Michael Shank Racing cars.

NEW FOR 2017: In addition to the brand new cars and drivers in the Michael Shank Racing stable, the team has also added seven additional team members for the two car-effort. New for 2017 is Michael Shank Racing General Manager Tim Keene, who spent time in a management role at DeltaWing Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing.

Source. Sunday Group


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