Some stars of the IndyCar Series are among the big names on the driver's list for this pair of race cars.
Just as the road-going version of the new Acura NSX is starting to trickle out to buyers, the GT3-spec racer is also close to making its competition debut with Michael Shank Racing’s two-car entry at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on January 28. The team is now introducing the coupes’ stylish liveries and announcing the driver lineup.
“The debut of the Acura NSX GT3 at the prestigious Rolex 24 will mark the return of the Acura brand to IMSA sports car competition,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. “We’ve aimed to race the NSX in North America since the car was just a sketch on paper, and we couldn’t more excited than to debut at Daytona.”
Michael Shank Racing’s NSX GT3’s feature liveries with a mirror-image effect. The #86 car, which represents Acura’s establishment in 1986, has a black front end with orange accents, and there’s a birds nest of lighter gray lines at the rear that eventually turn white at the tail. Conversely, the #93, a reference to HPD’s founding in 1993, flips this color scheme by using a white front end and smoky slashes that transition to black strokes at the back.
The #86 car will have Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri Jr, Jeff Segal, Tom Dyer, and IndyCar-Series-star Ryan Hunter-Reay at the wheel. The #93 NSX GT3 will have Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Mark Wilkins, and Graham Rahal in the driver’s seat during the 24-hour race.
Before competing at the 24-hour race at Daytona, Michael Shank Racing’s NSX GT3s will also be at the Roar Before the 24 testing session at the track from January 6-8. This event will be the first good chance to get an idea of how the coupe will perform against competitors during the 2017 WeatherTech Championship.
Unlike the all-wheel drive 2017 NSX on the road, the GT3 is purely rear wheel-drive. The hybrid powertrain is also gone, but the biturbo 3.5-liter V6 engine shares many of the internal components with the road-going model. A six-speed sequential gearbox replaces the street version’s dual-clutch, nine-speed automatic transmission. Acura builds the GT3 at its Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, just like the version in showrooms.
2017 Acura NSX IMSA liveries
Acura Reveals NSX GT3 Race Liveries; Rolex 24 Driver Pairings Set
• Acura Motorsports and Michael Shank Racing team will debut at the Rolex 24 in January, take part in the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
• Driver lineup features Graham Rahal, Andy Lally, Katherine Legge and Mark Wilkins in the #93 Acura NSX GT3; Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ozz Negri, Jeff Segal and Tom Dyer to drive #86
SANTA CLARITA, CA (Dec. 21, 2016) – The two-car Michael Shank Racing effort in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature striking “mirror image” black, grey and white graphics on the team’s pair of Acura NSX GT3 entries.
The #86 car, commemorating Acura’s 30th anniversary since its establishment in 1986, will have a black nose, fading to a grey cross hatch pattern before giving way to white at the rear. The #93 team car, representing 1993, the year HPD was founded, will reverse the color pattern, with a white front end transitioning to a black rear deck.
Acura’s rich heritage of success in sports car racing is reflected in the design. Splashes of orange, a traditional color for Acura Motorsports dating to the company’s first era of IMSA competition in the 1990s, and green, indicating that the cars are GT Daytona class entries, complete the graphic package on both cars.
“The debut of the Acura NSX GT3 at the prestigious Rolex 24 will mark the return of the Acura brand to IMSA sports car competition,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Acura Motorsports. “We’ve aimed to race the NSX in North America since the car was just a sketch on paper, and we couldn’t more excited than to debut at Daytona.”
MSR team principal Michael Shank has also revealed the driver lineups for each of the team’s two Acura NSX GT3 racers.
Second-generation racer and IndyCar Series race winner Graham Rahal will join series regulars Andy Lally and Katherine Legge in the #93 NSX GT3, joined by endurance racer Mark Wilkins.
The team’s #86 Acura will feature Indy 500 and IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay alongside full-season drivers Jeff Segal and Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri, Jr.; with Tom Dyer completing the endurance race lineup.
All eight drivers will take part in the January 6-8 “Roar Before the 24”, IMSA series open test prior to January 28-29 Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, the opening round of the 12-race 2017 WeatherTech Championship.
About the Acura NSX
Created to bring a new sports experience to the supercar segment, the next-generation Acura NSX challenges conventional beliefs about supercars, with cutting-edge and world-first technologies. Much as the first generation NSX did a quarter century ago, the 2017 NSX breaks the mold through a first-of-its-kind Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ power unit, a multi-material body structure, advanced aerodynamics and a cockpit that supports performance driving on every level without sacrificing comfort. The 2017 Acura NSX is the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S. with production exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio .
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. On March 27, 2016, Acura celebrated the 30th anniversary of its launch as the first luxury nameplate from a Japanese automaker.
The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. This spring, Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.
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