Acura Automobiles: Castroneves, Taylor Lead Acura Sweep during Mid-Ohio

Posted on 07. May, 2018 by in Acura Canada

  • Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor measure initial feat for Acura ARX-05 prototype
  • Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron finish 1-2 brush for Acura Team Penske
  • Alvaro Parente, Katherine Legge take their Acura NSX GT3 to second in GTD class

Acura Team Penske finished a scarcely ideal weekend for a manufacturer as vital sports automobile racing returned to a Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor streamer a 1-2 outcome during Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge during Mid-Ohio.

In GTD, Alvaro Parente and Katherine Legge total for a stirring second-place result, finishing only 0.191 seconds divided from a double win for Acura during a finish of a two-hour, 40-minute contest.

Acura Team Penske Prototype

In a weekend-long authority performance, a span of Acura Team Penske prototypes ran 1-2 in each use session, competent initial and second, and led a approach from start to finish.  Castroneves and Taylor were during a indicate throughout, while teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron fought off an early-race plea from a span of Mazda prototypes to say second.

In a final 30 minutes, Castroneves and Taylor pulled divided from a field, finishing a gentle 8.4 seconds forward of their teammates to go into a record books as a initial winners with a new Acura ARX-05 prototype.  In addition, Taylor became a 50th opposite motorist to win a competition for Team Penske. 

Running second, Montoya and Cameron pulled another 26 seconds transparent of a antecedent margin in a winning outcome for Acura, completing a 1-2 brush in front of an eager throng that enclosed Honda and Acura associates from a company’s several comforts in executive Ohio.

Meyer Shank Racing GTD

In GTD, a #86 Acura NSX GT3 of Katherine Legge gained one postion, to third, in a opening path and remained in a thick of a conflict for a category feat before handing over to co-driver Alvaro Parente. Pit plan from a Meyer Shank Racing group changed Parente to second after a final turn of array stops, and in a shutting laps he chased down a leader, though came adult only brief of a double-class win for Acura during a checkers.

The second lectern finish in 3 races for Parente and Legge moves them to second in a GTD Drivers’ Championship standings, and Acura to second in a GTD Manufacturers’ Championship with 8 races remaining.

In a #93 MSR NSX GT3, Justin Marks changed from his sixth starting position to fifth, with co-driver Lawson Aschenbach relocating adult to fourth with only over an hour remaining. Although change issues cost them a position on a final lap, Aschenbach hold on to finish fifth in GTD.


The Motor City of Detroit is a subsequent stop in a 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, for a Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear. The 100-minute contest, shortest on a 11-race schedule, takes place Jun 2 on a parsimonious and rough Belle Isle Park proxy travel circuit, with live radio coverage on a Fox Sports 2 network.

Video recaps from this weekend’s Acura Motorsports activities during Mid-Ohio are being posted on a “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel. Produced by a Carolinas Production Group, a video packages can be found in a 2018 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at:


Steve Eriksen (Vice President and COO, Honda Performance Development) on today’s initial feat for a Acura ARX-05 and 1-2 finish during a Acura Sports Car Challenge of Mid-Ohio: “Mid-Ohio is a second ‘home’, with all of a circuitously comforts and thousands of associates.  So it is generally delightful to take a initial win in a Acura ARX-05 here.  Our NSX GT3 module did not defect either, as a Meyer Shank Racing #86 waged an sparkling conflict all a approach to a checkers, joined with a clever run for a #93 car.  Congratulations to all of a associates during HPD, Acura Team Penske and Meyer Shank Racing on an roughly ideal weekend.”
Ricky Taylor (driver, #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) race winner, 50th motorist to win a vital competition for Team Penske: “I’m pushing with one of a best organizations in a world, and one of a best manufacturers in a world.  We visited Acura’s bureau for a NSX on Thursday and unequivocally got to see all that goes into these pleasing cars, and it unequivocally gives we a good clarity of pride.  On tip of that, to win for a initial time behind for Mr. [Roger] Penske is superb and to start a month of May off for Helio [Castroneves] with a win is awesome. There was so most vigour to get a automobile from him in a lead. He did an overwhelming job, so we had to quarrel to make his efforts value it.”

Katherine Legge (driver, #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) finished second in GTD, second lectern finish in 3 races, moves to second in a GTD Drivers’ Championship: “This feels flattering good. We’ve unequivocally finished really few mistakes all year and maximized each event that has come a way.  The group has finished a illusory pursuit scheming a automobile and in a pits, and [co-driver] Alvaro [Parente] is a top-class driver.  We have a lot of ‘fight’ in us. This is a home competition for both Meyer Shank Racing and for Acura, and we were all fighting tough all competition long. I’m really unapproachable of a whole team.”

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Acura Sports Car Challenge during Mid-Ohio
Circuit:       Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course (2.258-mile highway course) Lexington, Ohio
Weather:     Mostly sunny, mild, 72 degrees F


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