Entering its sophomore season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) is looking to start strong with the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona. The only female team principal in the IMSA paddock, Jackie Heinricher is aiming to lead her team to the Rolex podium on Sunday (Jan. 25, 1:30pm).
The No. 57 Acura NSX GT3 has a strong driver lineup in 2020 that features some familiar faces. Misha Goikhberg and Alvaro Parente will team up for full-season duties with Heinricher Racing. Joining the pair for the four IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup events is 2019 IMSA GTD champion Trent Hindman. Back for his 14th Rolex 24 At Daytona, AJ Allmendinger will complete the opening-race lineup.
After making strong on-track progress at the Roar Before the 24 earlier this month, the Heinricher Racing with MSR No. 57 Acura NSX GT3 will rely on performance and experience to take on one of the toughest races in motorsports. Parente, Hindman and Allmendinger have a podium-winning history together at the Rolex 24, scoring a second-place finish in 2018 with MSR. With the addition of Goikhberg, the team is aiming to go one step higher this time around.
In front of an international audience, this year’s championship field of racers will take to the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway and compete for the chance to win the coveted Rolex Daytona watch. The Rolex 24 At Daytona is set to go green at 1:35pm ET on Saturday, January 25th.
Team & Driver Quotes:
Jackie Heinricher, Team Principal:
“We’re ready. We had a good weekend at The Roar and that just added to our confidence in the Acura NSX GT3 and in this mix of drivers. The Rolex 24 is a formidable challenge for all the teams but with the support of Mobil 1 and the race craft of Meyer Shank Racing, we’re ready to launch into it.”
Misha Goikhberg, No. 57 Heinricher Racing with MSR Acura NSX GT3:
“The Roar went really well for us. This team is already well established so for me it was more about gelling with the team and figuring out what everyone likes in terms of seating position and car setup. We have come really far in just a few days, and it’s just about fine tuning the little details. It’s not just about pace, but it’s about all the little things that go into a victory at Daytona.”
Alvaro Parente, No. 57 Heinricher Racing with MSR Acura NSX GT3:
“I have had AJ (Allmendinger) and Trent (Hindman) as teammates before so I know them well, including their strengths, and we are all on the same page for what we need to do. I am getting to know Misha (Goikhberg) and his driving style as he gets comfortable in the Acura. Coming back to the team is great because I know everyone and know how this team operates. I am very excited for the 24 Hours at Daytona because this team is capable of doing great things.”
Trent Hindman, No. 57 Heinricher Racing with MSR Acura NSX GT3:
“I’m feeling pretty good about the Rolex with this team. This year I’m racing in a different car number but it’s the same team. Alvaro, AJ and I were on the podium in 2018 so it’s nice being back in the same car as them. With the addition of Misha, I think we have another good shot at not just a podium but a win.”
AJ Allmendinger, No. 57 Heinricher Racing with MSR Acura NSX GT3:
“This year in the GTD class, we will have the most competitive field of my 14 years in this race. There are many cars that are fast with great driver lineups, but overall, I like our chances the best. The Acura NSX GT3 is great and we are working on fine-tuning it. Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing is a great group of people. When you get to the race, you have to expect the unexpected but having speed and great balance we hope it runs smoothly. We have been so close in years past that we want to do better, but all you can do as a driver is give the team a chance at winning.”
Source. Sunday Group