- Wayne Taylor and son Ricky Taylor will path Laguna Seca in Acura antecedent foe cars past and benefaction to assistance applaud a IMSA 50th anniversary during Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
- Acura Motorsports displays racing birthright and ongoing appearance with 3 generations of Acura prototypes, Aug. 15-18
- Acura Spice antecedent foe cars to be driven by strange Acura IMSA drivers Parker Johnstone, Dan Marvin and Wayne Taylor
Three generations of Acura Motorsports antecedent foe cars and dual generations of Acura drivers will be on palm Aug. 15-18 for a Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion during WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Acura appearance salutes a race- and championship-winning birthright in IMSA competition.
A prominence of a eventuality weekend for Acura will be a explanation run during 12:35 PM on Saturday, Aug. 17, including a 1991-93 IMSA championship-winning, first-generation Comptech Spice Acura GTP Lights prototypes, with their strange drivers during a controls, three-time champion Parker Johnstone, Dan Marvin and Wayne Taylor. Joining them on lane will be Wayne’s son and stream Acura Team Penske driver, Ricky Taylor, pushing his race-winning Acura ARX-05 DPi.
“Our superb success in IMSA in a 1990s paved a approach toward substantiating Acura as a opening code and has served as a explanation indicate for Precision Crafted Performance,” pronounced Jon Ikeda, Acura clamp boss and code officer. “Acura was really most a ‘new child on a block’ when we began continuation sports automobile racing and it will be a genuine disturb to watch these ancestral first-generation cars on lane with a contemporary foe machines.”
Acura Racing Heritage
Acura entered a IMSA Camel GT Championship in 1991 with Comptech fielding a singular Spice Acura, powered by a race-prepared chronicle of a 3.0-liter Acura NSX engine, with Johnstone as a primary driver. The multiple was immediately successful, winning a Camel Lights category in a entrance during a 1991 24 Hours of Daytona. Steve Cameron, uncle of stream Acura Team Penske motorist Dane Cameron, was partial of a motorist lineup during Daytona. Acura, Comptech and Johnstone would go on to explain IMSA Camel Lights victories in 8 of a 14 races that season, winning a initial of 3 unbroken IMSA Camel Lights Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ championship for Acura and Johnstone.
Eight some-more victories in 1992 enclosed a repeat win during Daytona – with destiny IndyCar Champion Jimmy Vasser fasten Johnstone and Cameron in a motorist lineup – while Acura claimed 10 wins in 11 races to finish an implausible three-season run of IMSA Camel Lights titles in 1993.
Both Taylor and Marvin were drivers during a Comptech Acura program. Marvin featured as co-driver to Johnstone via both a 1992 and ’93 seasons, while Taylor gathering a second Comptech Acura in several races in 1992 with co-driver Ruggero Melgrati, winning a IMSA Laguna Seca foe that season.
Both a strange Comptech Spice Acura, driven by Johnstone, and a Spice Acura SE91P, campaigned by maestro racer Taz Harvey, also will be competing via a weekend in a “IMSA Prototype” Race Group 7, as a Monterey Reunion weekend celebrates a supporting body’s 50th anniversary as a featured marque of this year’s event.
In further to a strange and latest Acura IMSA prototypes, a contingent of a rarely successful “second generation” line of Acura ARX machines also will be on arrangement during a Reunion. They embody a Andretti Autosport Acura ARX-01a, LMP2 category leader in a foe entrance during a 2007 Mobil-1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Acura’s initial LMP1 contenders, a Patron Highcroft Racing and De Ferran Motorsports ARX-02a prototypes, also will be on arrangement during a Reunion weekend as raced in a 2009 American Le Mans Championship (ALMS). The teams total to win 8 of 10 ALMS races that season, with Acura unconditional a LMP1 championship and a Highcroft pairing of David Brabham and Scott Sharp claiming a drivers’ pretension by 17 points over owner/driver Gil de Ferran and co-driver Simon Pagenaud.
2019 Acura Motorsports on Display
The Acura antecedent arrangement during Monterey will be finished by both a Acura Team Penske ARX-05 uncover car, and a race-winning #7 Acura ARX-05 foe car, regulating a production-based Acura V6 powerplant, campaigned in 2018 and this deteriorate by Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves. The pairing scored Acura’s initial current-era antecedent foe feat final year during a Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and have 3 lectern finishes this deteriorate as their grant to Acura’s lead in a 2019 DPi Manufacturers’ Championship. Acura Team Penske teammates Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya lead a drivers’ pretension points conflict after 8 of 10 events.
The Acura NSX GT3 Evo, now heading a 2019 IMSA GTD manufacturers’ and drivers’ championships, will be on arrangement during WeatherTech Raceway featuring a custom-designed yellow and blue clothing over unprotected CO fiber. The GT3 machine, alongside a prolongation Acura NSX in a new-for-2020 Yellow Pearl paint tone – a complicated interpretation of a first-generation NSX Spa Yellow, was on arrangement during Concours on a Avenue in downtown Carmel and both will also be during The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering during a Quail Lodge Golf Club on Friday, Aug 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a joining to evocative styling, high opening and innovative engineering, all built on a substructure of well-developed peculiarity and reliability. The Acura lineup facilities 6 particular models – a RLX reward oppulance sedan, a TLX opening oppulance sedan, a ILX competition sedan, a five-passenger RDX oppulance crossover SUV, a seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row oppulance SUV, and a next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.
Five of a 6 Acura models sole in North America are done in executive Ohio, regulating domestic and globally-sourced parts, including a ILX and TLX oppulance sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), a RDX and MDX oppulance SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and a Acura NSX supercar, that is built to sequence during a Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.
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