--Press Release From Michael Shank Racing--
Second consecutive IMSA championship as MSR closes four year run with the Acura NSX GT3, looks forward to next chapter in DPi with Acura
Sebring, Fla. (14 November 2020) – Meyer Shank Racing closed out its four year IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class campaign with a second consecutive IMSA Championship title on Saturday night at Sebring International Raceway.
Mario Farnbacher, Matt McMurry and Shinya Michimi brought home the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 third after a hard fought run in Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The full team effort earned xx points towards the 2020 championship, securing the second straight title for the Ohio-based team.
McMurry also made history after provisionally becoming the youngest IMSA competitor to win back-to-back championships (2019 LMP2 championship & 2020 GTD championship).
Meyer Shank Racing developed the Acura NSX GT3 ahead of its 2017 IMSA debut, raced to the first ever North American win in Detroit in 2017 for the platform and now has added a second championship title to their brand’s success in just its fourth season of IMSA GTD competition.
Meyer Shank Racing has claimed seven victories, seven pole positions and 23 podium finishes since debuting the Acura NSX GT3 in 2017.
A whirlwind 2020 IMSA season saw the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 go from a strong 14-point championship lead after claiming victory during the six hour race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
But the following three races were a tough pill to swallow as the MSR Acura sustained contact from other competitors and took the Farnbacher-McMurry-driven Acura out of contention, sliding down to fourth in the championship standings.
But persevering with a big win at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca brought the No. 86 Acura back in the championship fight heading into the final round at Sebring.
The 3.74-mile circuit has proven to be a difficult match over the years for the Acura NSX GT3, but Meyer Shank Racing did everything in its power to prepare a race car that would make it the end of the most grueling race of the season with strong race pace through all segments of the day to night race.
Starting from eighth, it was a matter of staying in contention and fighting through high heat temperatures. Michimi made it through a tough double stint to start the race and McMurry brought the Acura up to third during his stint behind the wheel.