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MEYER SHANK RACING ENTRIES ROLEX READY

Drivers:
No. 86 LaSalle Solutions / Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo: Trent Hindman, Mario Farnbacher, Justin Marks, AJ Allmendinger

Rolex 24 MSR Fast Facts:

26 total Rolex 24 entries
1 overall win – Ford Riley DP – AJ Allmendinger, Ozz Negri, Justin Wilson, John Pew (2012)
4 podiums (2006, 2012, 2013, 2018)
2 poles (2008 1-2 MSR front row & 2015)
15 consecutive years of Rolex 24 competition
936 total laps led
15,429 total laps completed
54,927 miles race miles completed
Meyer Shank Racing Rolex 24 Historical Driver Roster:
Kelly Collins, Cort Wagner, Mike Newton, Tom Erdos, Brent Martini, Mike Borkowski, Paul Mears Jr. Larry Connor, Duncan Dayton, Paul Tracy, Ken Wilden, AJ Allmendinger, Ozz Negri, Mark Patterson, Justin Wilson, Ian James, Henri Zogaib, Helio Castroneves, Sam Hornish Jr., Burt Frisselle, John Pew, Graham Rahal, Michael Valiente, Colin Braun, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Mark Wilkins, Marc Goosens, Zak Brown, Martin Brundle, Mike McDowell, Jorge Goncalvez, Felipe Nasr, Gustavo Yacaman, Marcos Ambrose, Chris Cumming, Matt McMurry, Olivier Pla, Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Jeff Segal, Tom Dyer, Lawson Aschenbach, Justin Marks, Mario Farnbacher, Come Ledogar, Alvaro Parente, Trent Hindman, Bia Figueiredo, Simona De Silvestro, Christina Nielsen.

New for 2019:
The annual endurance classic is going on its 57th running but two key factors will be different for Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) for the 2019 season. The new for 2019 Michelin tire will be featured on all four classes of cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Challenge Championship. The Rolex 24 At Daytona will be the first race weekend with all teams utilizing the Michelin Tire.

MSR will return once again with the Acura NSX GT3– the third year of competition for the platform. Ahead of the 2019 season, Acura released the NSX GT3 Evo body kit which has several cosmetic feature changes. The revised bodywork includes a new front splitter, diffuser and rear bumper which are aimed to reduce drag and improve top speed while enhancing driveability and reliability. Other changes include a new and improved turbocharger which will improve throttle response, boost control and fuel economy.

2018 Season Rearview:

Meyer Shank Racing is coming off of one of its best seasons to date. The team started the 2018 season off strong with a big second place finish at the Rolex 24 At Daytona which included Trent Hindman and AJ Allmendinger in the podium winning lineup. Along with that win, the team also claimed the first round of the Michelin Endurance Cup at Daytona. The team continued on to score wins at Detroit and

WeatherTech Raceway Lagune Seca as well as additional podiums at Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, VIR and Petit Le Mans. The season finale at Road Atlanta brought MSR mere points away from claiming the GTD championship. The team closed out the season with a well fought second place championship finish along with second place in the Michelin Endurance Cup.

MSR Driver Breakdown:

Trent Hindman, No. 86 LaSalle Solutions / MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo:

Entering his third Rolex 24 At Daytona, the 23-year-old has silently driven up the ranks to a full season seat with MSR. So far Hindman has scored a podium in both of his entries in the twice around the clock event. 2017 marked a second place finish in the IMSA Prototype Challenge field while in 2018 Hindman scored a big second place finish with MSR alongside his current MSR teammate AJ Allmendinger.

“It’s great to be back and I’ve created great relationships within the team over the course of the 2018 season,” said Hindman. “So to be back for the Rolex 24 and the entire GTD championship is definitely a great feeling and confidence inspiring. Every year I come back to run the Rolex 24, I find that I am getting more and more comfortable. Just understanding what it takes to win this race. It’s something that two of the guys on our team have the experience of winning this race, they have watches and that’s something that Mario (Farnbacher) and I want as well.”
2017 – 2nd (PC)
2018 – 2nd (GTD)

Mario Farnbacher, No. 86 LaSalle Solutions / MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo:

Farnbacher will make his IMSA return with MSR, this time as a full season driver next to Trent Hindman. Last year, Farnbacher was a critical asset in MSR scoring its first win in Detroit. Farnbacher has six years of Rolex 24 competition under his belt with a best finish of third in 2017. The two time Sebring 12 Hour winner is hoping to add a Rolex win to his resume at the end of the month.

“To be back for the full season is super amazing,” said Farnbacher. “There’s a lot of new teams and cars in the paddock and everyone came back this year more developed. Each year you see a lot of improvement of driver lineups. This is year is also new with the Michelin tires, so everything will be different for everyone. We basically start from zero with set ups and it will make all the difference if you figure out quickly what the car and driver want. I’m pretty sure the combination this year with Acura, MSR and our drivers will play out to our benefit. I feel honored to be a part of this team and I’m sure we have a good lineup and team to be really successful this year.”
2013 – 10th (GT) – 2016 – 9th (GTD)
2014 – 15th (GTD) – 2017 – 3rd (GTD)
2015 – 18th (GTD) – 2018 – 11th (GTD)

Justin Marks, No. 86 LaSalle Solutions / MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo:

Having nine Rolex 24s under his belt, Marks is hoping to add another victory to his list of accomplishments. Marks scored his first Rolex 24 victory in 2009 among the GT field and becoming one of the few who own the highly sought after Rolex watch. Marks will be taking on endurance racing duties with MSR for the 2019 season and is hoping to start off strong at the Rolex 24.

“We knew that that tires would be a lot different but Michelin has done a great job,” said Marks. “As far as the new Evo package goes I am really happy with the updates that Acura has given us. The Evo kit has given us a lot more stability in the car, it’s easier to drive and is more user friendly. I think now it’s a platform that we can race more confidently with. This class [GTD] is so competitive and any manufacturer can win this race, but it’s really just going to come down to execution and MSR has proven to do that. Mike Shank has a group of guys that is one of the best at execution and strategy and pit stops. We have four strong drivers in our car and we can all put in good lap times and have solid stints. We will have to just make sure don’t get into issues with the race because I know we will be able to have a great race strategy and good pit stops.”
2001 – 15th (GT) – 2011 – 29th (GT)
2004 – 17th (GT) – 2016 – 18th (GTD)
2005 – 31st (GT) – 2017 – 8th (GTD)
2006 – 16th (GT) – 2018 – 11th (GTD)
2009 – 1st (GT)

AJ Allmendinger, No. 86 LaSalle Solutions / MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo:

A staple amongst MSR’s Rolex 24 lineup, AJ Allmendinger is returning for his 13th endurance classic with the team. Having been a part of MSR’s historic Rolex win in 2012 to earning a podium at his first ever Rolex in 2006, Allmendinger is ready to score that inaugural GT Rolex 24 win for Meyer Shank Racing.

“I feel way more confident this year after having done my first Rolex 24 hour in the GTD class in 2018,” said Allmendinger. “I have a better feel of the car, the flow of the race and how the prototypes and GTLM cars race with the GTD cars. Our driver lineup this year is awesome between Trent, Mario and Justin. Trent really takes everything in and he’s a strong driver (Read “Hindman Eager to Learn from MSR Veterans”) is a great as a teammate. Even last year in different cars I could talk to him and learned so much. He makes all of us faster and I can’t wait to race with him. I have had a friendship with Justin for a while now so it’s really cool we get to be teammates in 2019. He is a guy that has so much experience with so many different cars in his career. He’s very fast, but also solid and doesn’t make many mistakes which is what the Rolex 24 hour race is all about. I’m ready to go win with all of them.”
2006 – 2nd (DP) – 2012 – 1st (DP)
2007 – 16th (DP) – 2013 – 3rd (DP)
2008 – 9th (DP) – 2014 – 12th (DP)
2009 – 19th (DP) – 2015 – 5th (DP)
2010 – 7th (DP) – 2016 – 11th (DP
2011 – 7th (DP) – 2018 – 2nd (GTD)

Drivers
No. 57 Heinricher Racing w/ Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) Acura NSX GT3 Evo: Katherine Legge, Bia Figueiredo (Ana Beatriz), Simona De Silvestro, Christina Nielsen

Heinricher Racing Brings All-Female Driver Line Up to the Rolex

Heinricher Racing and Caterpillar program leader, Jackie Heinricher has made her dream become a reality with the all-female-pairing for the 2019 season for the No. 57 Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo. Her plans to kick off the season as driver at the Rolex 24 were put to the side as she was forced to sit out due to a back injury. Despite not being in the seat herself, the successful entrepreneur continues to be the face of the Heinricher Racing and Caterpillar effort for the 24 hour long event and 2019 season. Her decision to seek MSR was a simple one to reach based on the strong history of performance led by Mike Shank and his team. By partnering with MSR, Heinricher is excited to see success on the track this weekend.

“My role will be making sure the drivers know they have my support,” said Heinricher. “A winning team can be summed up in six words; ‘we simply believe in one another.’ I continue the great work with the Heinricher Racing and Caterpillar partnership. As a team of drivers, it’s an honor to be role models on and off the track. Through our effort we bring diversity to the track, ensuring that in our professions, the more diverse our global teams whether in racing or business, the better positioned we are to serve those we inspire. I’m very proud of what the Heinricher Racing team has accomplished in such a short period of time and can’t wait to continue this hard work at the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona and beyond.”

25 Years in the Making:

It has been 25 years since the Rolex 24 At Daytona saw an all-female entry into the iconic event. Linda Pobst, Kat Teasdale, Margy Eatwell, Tami Rai Busby and Leigh O’Brien combined to drive onboard a Chevy Camaro in the GTs Class of the Exxon World Sports Car Series. The five powerhouses combined for a historical moment for the 1994 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Fast forward 25 years and Heinricher Racing w/ Meyer Shank Racing team has once again created a star studded line up of talented females to take on the 57th running of the Rolex 24.

The initiative has several goals for off the track, but the core ambition is to deliver results. With his record of success at the track, team owner Mike Shank is convinced that the driver roster for the 57 entry is one that can deliver.

“We are really fortunate to have such a strong line up of drivers in the No. 57 Heinricher Racing w/ Meyer Shank Racing Acura,” said Mike Shank. “They’ve all accomplished a lot in the sport and in so many different areas from IndyCar to V8 Supercars to Stock Cars. I think it would be a mistake to underestimate what they are capable of. We’ve seen how important teamwork is in this race so I think we have got a really good package and just need to execute for the first 20 hours and be ready to race to the finish on Sunday.”

Katherine Legge, No. 57 Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo:

Legge will be making her third full season start with MSR and the Acura NSX GT3 and she is definitely not a stranger to the Rolex 24. 2019 will mark her sixth Rolex 24 start after competing in various forms of machinery including Daytona Prototypes, Prototypes and GT cars. Her best finish was with MSR last year where she finished 2nd in the GTD class.

“There is definitely a little bit of pressure because we have a fantastic team, a great car and a fab driver line up,” said Legge. “If I can impart my knowledge of driving this car and its idiosyncrasies, and give them as much info as possible, we can and will be successful. There is a deep seated respect between us [Bia, Simona, Christina, Jackie]. There are very few good female drivers in the world, and we managed to put them all in one car.”
2007 – 15th (DP) – 2016 – 12th (P)
2014 – 16th (P) – 2017 – 11th (GTD)
2015 – 15th (P) – 2018 – 2nd (GTD)

Christina Nielsen, No. 57 Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo:

Nielsen will be making her sixth appearance at the Rolex 24 as she subs for the injured Jackie Heinricher. Neilsen has had five years of GTD experience at the twice around the clock event and is hoping to score her best result to date. Despite making her first entry in the Acura NSX GT3 Evo with MSR, the two-time IMSA GTD Champion is prepared for the challenge.

“The car was very cool to drive and we did some good testing with the tires to get know what the car will be like for the longer stints,” said Nielsen. “I think we are in a strong position. There are always little improvements to make and that’s why we have the sessions before the race. It’s a 24 hour race so the conditions are going to change throughout and we as drivers will just need to adjust whatever we are dealing with. I would say we have a strong start and I am quite positive for the race.”
2014 – 9th (GTD) – 2017 – 16th (GTD)
2015 – 13th (GTD) – 2018 – 4th (GTD)
2016 – 6th (GTD)

Bia Figueiredo, No. 57 Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo:

Figueiredo, also known as Ana Beatriz, has made a name for herself through her career in IndyCar and most recently Brazilian Stock Car competition. Figueiredo took quickly to the Acura NSX GT3 Evo, for her first time in a car of its kind as she prepares for her first ever Rolex 24 At Daytona start. Figueiredo showed her speed early on as she qualified on pole during the Roar event weekend.

“It was pretty fun working with the girls and spending more time with them,” said Figueiredo. “In Kat (Legge) and Simona’s case we always raced against each other, so we didn’t talk much. Now we are working towards the same goal target in the same car. The dynamic was the same as if it was a male driver team but with female jokes. We all know that the car won’t be perfect for all drivers, so we have all been working hard to manage those differences and make it consistent over the long stints.”

Simona De Silvestro, No. 57 Heinricher Racing w/ MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo:

2019 will mark the first Rolex 24 At Daytona for Simona De Silvestro. The “Iron Maiden” saw success early in her career in open wheel competition, winning the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award in 2010 and driving to her first IndyCar podium in 2013. Now, De Silvestro will take on the 24 Hour endurance classic for the first time with MSR.

“The NSX was really great and it was my first time driving it at the Roar,” said De Silvestro. “It’s quite different than anything I am used to especially with all of the aids like ABS and traction control, but it makes it exciting to drive. I was also getting used to the track at Daytona which is a very cool and iconic place and to do a few laps there was good preparation for the 24 hours. The car was quick and I think it’s going to be a good one.”

Source. Sunday Group

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