RACE: Round 11 of the 12-race IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
TRACK: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is an 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course on California’s beautiful central coast. While the track is a favorite of racers and fans worldwide, many focus on one specific section – officially Turns 8 and 8A – more commonly known as The Corkscrew.
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: 6th with 237 points
No. 86 Acura NSX GT3: 10th with 208 points
Defending Race Winners at Laguna Seca: Having competed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Prototype competition since 2004, Michael Shank Racing broke through for victory last year with drivers Ozz Negri and John Pew and led 46 laps. Negri also scored the first-ever pole position for Michael Shank Racing at the track in 2005. Michael Shank Racing has claimed two additional podium results at Laguna with third place finishes in 2007 and 2015. The team has a total of seven top-five finishes at the northern California road course.
Driver Highlights at Laguna Seca:
Ozz Negri: Negri won the Laguna Seca event overall in 2016 driving for Michael Shank Racing in the Honda-Ligier P2. He also scored a podium finish of third in 2007 and 2015.
Andy Lally: Lally has 13 IMSA WeatherTech starts at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. He boasts seven podium finishes at the track including class wins in 2007 and 2013. He’s also made several IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge starts at the track.
Katherine Legge: Legge finished third at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2013 with the DeltaWing Racing program while driving in the American Le Mans Series. She has since made four total starts at Laguna Seca in the DeltaWing and finished fifth in last year’s IMSA race.
Jeff Segal: In five IMSA WeatherTech starts at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Segal has finished runner-up twice (2011 & 2012). He has also made two IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge starts at the track.
New Livery: Well-known for its various stunning liveries by AERO Sustainable Paint Technology throughout the season, Michael Shank Racing debuts a new look once again this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. While the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 of Andy Lally and Katherine Legge features a sleek black carbon fiber look with orange accents, the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 of Ozz Negri and Jeff Segal returns to a fan-favorite copper and black livery reflective of the same livery used in the team’s victory last year at Laguna Seca.
Why 86 and 93? The number 86 represents Acura’s birth in 1986, while the number 93 represents the year HPD was founded in 1993.
ACURA NSX GT3 SPECS:
Chassis – Production multi-material, aluminum-intensive space frame, manufactured at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, alongside production Acura NSX vehicles
Safety equipment – Steel roll cage, carbon fiber driver’s seat shell, six-point safety harness, fresh air intake system, on-board fire suppression system
Engine – Acura 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin-turbocharged DOHC V-6, using the same design specifications as the production NSX, including the cylinder block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system
Transmission – Six-speed sequential, paddle-operated, rear-wheel drive
Jeff Segal, No. 86 Acura NSX GT3: “Laguna Seca is a track that I really enjoy and I’m looking forward to going back. We tested there a couple of months ago and after a couple of tough races, we’ll do all we can to deliver the result we know we are capable of this weekend.”
Ozz Negri, No. 86 Acura NSX GT3: “Laguna is a track where I have a lot of great memories. It’s where I got my first pole position and I won the race last year with my good friend John Pew. I hope I can do it again this year! Jeff (Segal) and I have to make something happen here. We think the car is going to be okay at Laguna. Hopefully nobody is going to take us out and we’re looking forward to going back and winning races and just having a car that I know will work there. It just builds the confidence and it’s one of my favorite places. I love going to Monterey – it’s a beautiful place.”
Andy Lally, No. 93 Acura NSX GT3: “We had a good test at Laguna and I was happy with the setup we came to. I love my trips to the West Coast and have had some great battles at this track in the past. The guys at the shop have been hustling to get a lot done for both the 93 and 86 cars. I hope we can get both cars a great result this weekend.”
Katherine Legge: “We are very much looking forward to Laguna and putting a frustrating last couple of races behind us. We are aiming to get back on the podium in our two final races of the year. We had a successful test at Laguna earlier in the summer and we have a good baseline set up so we are feeling confident heading out to the West Coast.”
Source. Sunday Group