Acura Automobiles: 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Driver Lineup Features Talent, Experience

Posted on 02. Nov, 2016 by in Acura Canada

  • Michael Shank Racing to debate in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with drivers Lally, Legge, Negri, Segal
  • RealTime Racing drivers Eversley, Kox to competition in SCCA Pirelli World Challenge
  • Driver Meet-and-Greet during a Acura SEMA Booth 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 1

Acura Motorsports currently announced that Michael Shank Racing (MSR) and RealTime Racing will margin considerable and gifted motorist lineups in a 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and SCCA Pirelli World Challenge. 

MSR full-season drivers regulating a IMSA circuit will embody Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri, Jr., and Jeff Segal. The full-year RealTime lineup in a Pirelli World Challenge includes a returning Ryan Eversley and Peter Kox.  Each organisation will margin a span of new Acura NSX GT3 foe cars. The NSX GT3 will make a foe entrance in a Rolex 24 during Daytona International Speedway in January.

“It was an strenuous preference process, though we’re unusually gratified with a energetic and gifted motorist lineup that will launch a 2017 Acura Motorsports module with a new NSX GT3,” pronounced Art St. Cyr, boss of Honda Performance Development. “We trust we’ve fabricated a organisation of drivers who have a ability and knowledge to take a Acura NSX GT3 to Victory Circle, and who will proudly paint a opening DNA of a Acura code for a many fans.”

The drivers, along with organisation owners Michael Shank and Peter Cunningham and St. Cyr, will be accessible for a meet-and-greet from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 1.  The Acura arrangement is located during counter 24877, in a Central Hall.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 

Lally, 41, is a three-time Grand-Am difficulty champion, with some-more than 30 career sports automobile racing victories. He is a five-time difficulty leader of a Rolex 24, many recently winning GTD during 2016 Daytona International Speedway.  The New York local also won Rookie of a Year honors in NASCAR Sprint Cup foe in 2011.

British-born Legge became a initial lady to lead a Rolex 24 overall, in 2016, and a initial lady to lead an American Le Mans Series Race, during Road America in 2013. Legge, 36, is a two-time Indianapolis 500 starter, many recently pushing during The Brickyard for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2013.

Negri has anchored a MSR motorist lineup given fasten a organisation in 2004, scoring lectern finishes any deteriorate and 5 career victories, including a 2012 Rolex 24 and a 2016 season-ending Petit Le Mans during Road Atlanta, that cumulative a North American Endurance Championship manufacturers’ pretension for Honda. The 52-year-old local Brazilian creates his home in Miami.

Segal became a youngest champion in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge story in 2006. The 31-year-old Miami-based motorist has a dozen North American sports automobile difficulty victories to his credit, winning a Grand-Am GT championship pretension in both 2010 and 2012.  He was partial of a winning GTD motorist lineup during a 2014 Rolex 24 and in GTE-Am during a 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Operating for a past dual seasons as a patron organisation fielding a Honda-powered Ligier framework in IMSA’s antecedent division, Michael Shank Racing has been a unchanging front-runner in a title difficulty of a WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with dual foe wins and 4 lectern finishes this season. The Columbus, Ohio-based operation will run a span of Acura NSX GT3s in a GTD difficulty of a continuation racing series.

SCCA Pirelli World Challenge

Returning for his third deteriorate with RealTime Racing and Acura, a 33-year-old Eversley accessible 3 Pirelli World Challenge GT foe victories pushing an Acura TLX GT for RealTime in 2015-16, including a foe weekend brush of a dual PWC GT events during Road America in June.  The Georgia local has also been a mixed foe leader pushing a accumulation of Honda Civic Si’s in a Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Veteran GT racer Peter Kox, 52, assimilated a Acura Motorsports bid progressing this year as exam and growth motorist for a NSX GT3.  The Dutch motorist has a prolonged story with several European Honda Racing programs, including 3 years in a British and European Touring Car championships from 1998-2000. He is a prior difficulty leader during Le Mans, in 2003, and was partial of a winning lineup during a 24 Hours of Brno in a Czech Republic progressing this month.

Long-time Acura Motorsports partner RealTime Racing will again competition a Pirelli World Challenge, switching to a new NSX GT3 from a Acura TLX GT, that a Wisconsin-based organisation gathering to 3 victories during a past dual seasons. RealTime has a prolonged story of success in racing a far-reaching operation of Acura and Honda products, including 88 World Challenge foe victories and 14 championships given 1993.

Acura NSX GT3

The Acura NSX GT3 racecar facilities tradition bodywork and aero components including a back wing, underbody diffuser and lengthened hood vents for fit engine cooling. The NSX GT3 utilizes a prolongation NSX’s ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material physique with aluminum-intensive space frame, that is constructed during a Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, a disdainful worldwide prolongation trickery for a NSXi.

The NSX GT3 is powered by a 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin-turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine, also made in Ohioii. The racing powerplant uses a same pattern specifications as a a prolongation 2017 Acura NSX, including a block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system. The engine is interconnected with a 6-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox, delivering energy to a back wheels.

The Acura NSX GT3 will supplement to a abounding bequest of Acura sports automobile racing campaigns and championships, including a 1991, 1992 and 1993 IMSA Camel Lights manufacturer and motorist championships, and a 2009 American Le Mans Series manufacturer, motorist and organisation championships in both a LMP1 and LMP2 classes.

About a Acura NSX
Created to move a new sports knowledge to a supercar segment, a next-generation Acura NSX hurdles required beliefs about supercars, with cutting-edge and world-first technologies. Much as a initial era NSX did a entertain century ago, a 2017 NSX breaks a mold by a first-of-its-kind Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ energy unit, a multi-material physique structure, modernized aerodynamics and a cockpit that supports opening pushing on each turn but sacrificing comfort. The 2017 Acura NSX is a usually supercar designed, grown and made in a U.S. with prolongation exclusively during a Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohioiii.

About Acura
Acura is a heading automotive oppulance nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance by modernized product pattern and innovative technologies like Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD®) and Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS®). On Mar 27, 2016, Acura will applaud a 30th anniversary of a launch as a initial oppulance nameplate from a Japanese automaker.

The Acura lineup facilities 5 particular core models – a RLX oppulance flagship sedan, a TLX opening oppulance sedan, a ILX competition sedan, a 5-passenger RDX oppulance crossover SUV, and a Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row oppulance SUV. This spring, Acura launched a next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and apex countenance of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.

For More Information
Consumer information is accessible at http://www.acura.com. To join a Acura village on Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/acura. Additional media information including pricing, facilities and high-resolution photography is accessible at acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles.

 

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i Assembled in a U.S. regulating domestically and globally sourced parts
ii Assembled in a U.S. regulating domestically and globally sourced parts
iii Assembled in a U.S. regulating domestically and globally sourced parts

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