Race: Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
Car: No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo
Drivers: Mario Farnbacher, Trent Hindman and Justin Marks
A strong start to the season was in play at Daytona International Speedway for Trent Hindman, Mario Farnbacher, Justin Marks and AJ Allmendinger in the No. 86 MSR Acura NSX GT3 Evo. The quartet of drivers placed the No. 86 in fifth at the close of the rain-soaked event – which ended early due to tumultuous rainy conditions. The team showed its strength after leading 97 laps throughout the 24 hour period with Hindman and Allmendinger experiencing the worst of the conditions, but were both one of the few drivers to get through without a single issue.
Meyer Shank Racing at Sebring:
MSR has competed at Sebring International since 2014 and has completed 1,858 rotations of the 3.74-mile circuit and has raced in both Prototype and GT competition over the last five race seasons. The team’s best performance to date was in 2016 when Ozz Negri, John Pew and Olivier Pla scored pole position and finished seventh. Since its debut at Sebring, MSR has featured 14 different drivers for the 12-hour classic.
Meyer Shank Racing will have a talented stable competing at the 12 hour event. Farnbacher, who drove at Sebring with MSR last year, brings two victories to the seat of the Acura NSX GT3. Winning in 2015 and 2017 helped him in clinching the Michelin Endurance Cup championship in 2017. The German also has another podium finish in 2014.
Similarly, Hindman has also seen success at Sebring. Last season Hindaman partook in his first Sebring 12-hour with Meyer Shank Racing resulting in a seventh place finish. Prior to that, competing in the Michelin Pilot Challenge Hindman stood on the podium in 2014 and followed that up with a victory in 2016.
Marks also competed with MSR at Sebring last year. After suffering severe damage due to a practice incident, MSR rebuilt the damaged NSX and Marks and his co-drivers Farnbacher and Lawson Aschenbach scored the fastest lap time during morning warm up. Marks went on to score a seventh place finish after starting 18th.
Team / Driver Quotes:
“We tested with Mario and Trent a few weeks ago and saw some progress from previous years. The Evo updates have been treating us well so far and I think they will show more of the capabilities of the NSX at Sebring. We are pretty prepared heading into the weekend and with Trent, Mario and Justin we have a very strong line up for the Twelve Hour.”
“We know from our past, that Sebring was not our best track performance-wise. But I am convinced that the new update on the NSX GT3 Evo will perform well. We could see the higher trend of the performance already in Daytona. All of my teammates have been very positive about the evolution update as well. We definitely will be very strong in Sebring this year compared to prior years.”
“I’m really excited for the Sebring weekend with Meyer Shank Racing. Daytona went so well and between myself, Mario and Justin we all worked together really well. Sebring is a great track. We tested there already and we learned a lot. The new NSX Evo updates have been great so far. We noticed a big difference at Daytona and at the Sebring test, so I think this year we can be really competitive.”
“What I like about my teammates is there are no egos, no one trying to go faster than anyone else. We work together really well and are all motivated by contributing to the big picture. They’re great drivers and humble, hard workers. I think the NSX is pretty good at Sebring. We were very quick last year and the new Evo updates will only make us stronger. It’s a unique race but, as always, it just comes down to how we execute as a team for all 12 hours.”
Source. Sunday Group