Tweet
 
Acura Sweeps Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

Acura Sweeps Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

06.09.2020: First double win for Acura in IMSA competition with victories in DPi and GTD Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor score second consecutive overall win of 2020


    First double win for Acura in IMSA competition with victories in DPi and GTD

    Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor score second consecutive overall win of 2020

    Mario Farnbacher, Matt McMurry and Shinya Michimi claim GTD honors




Acura swept the six-hour TireRack.com Grand Prix at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta today, as Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor piloted their Acura ARX-05 prototype to the overall honors, while the trio of Mario Farnbacher, Ricky Taylor and Shinya Michimi took their Acura NSX GT3 Evo to the win in the GTD class.



The win is the first overall "weekend sweep" for Acura in two and a half seasons of multi-class competition for the manufacturer in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship; and provisionally vaults Acura, Meyer Shank Racing and the full-season driver lineup of Farnbacher and McMurry to the top of the GTD points championships.





Acura Team Penske



Fighting back from an early-race penalty for a pair of pit lane violations during the first round of pit stops, Castroneves and Taylor recovered from a one-lap deficit to the field at the one-hour mark to regain the lead lap by the end of the second hour.  The pair joined the battle for the race victory in their #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 in the final two hours. With just over an hour remaining, Taylor used lapped traffic to pass his teammate Dane Cameron in the #6 Acura and eventually build a 14-second lead over the field.



The #6 ARX-05 of Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya had an equally fraught race, with contact at the race start resulting in a spin for Cameron. Quickly recovering, Cameron was up to second place just 30 minutes into the contest. The pair remained in the hunt for the victory until the final minutes of the race, when contact with a GTD-class Ferrari that was returning to the circuit after sliding off course resulted in heavy damage to the #6 Acura, ending their day.



The crash resulted in a full-course caution and erased a seven-second lead for Castroneves. But he held on for the final two laps of green-flag racing as he and Taylor combined for the second consecutive win of 2020, following their victory last month at Road America.





Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo



In the always competitive GTD division for production-based cars, Farnbacher, McMurry and endurance-race addition Michimi prevailed in a typical multi-manufacturer battle for the class victory, with a strong double-stint to the finish by defending champion Farnbacher sealing the victory for the trio's Acura NSX GT3 Evo, which also marked the first victory of 2020 for the 22- year-old McMurry in his 150th IMSA race start.



Combined with a trio of podium finishes earlier this season, Acura now leads the GTD Manufacturers' Championship by eight points after six races in 2020. Farnbacher and McMurry lead the drivers' title chase by 12 points, and Meyer Shank Racing also has a 12-point lead in the teams' championship.



The #57 Heinricher Racing with MSR Acura of Alvaro Parente, Misha Goikhberg and Trent Hindman encountered early difficulties after a pair of off-course excursions in the opening hour.



An additional spin in the second hour resulted in damage to the front bodywork of the #57 Acura, but the trio persevered to a sixth-place finish.




Next



The 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in three weeks-time, for the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, on September 26-27.







Quotes



Ted Klaus (President, Honda Performance Development) on today's double victory for Acura:
"This is a great day for Acura and HPD, and for all the hardworking associates on our IMSA programs, our excellent drivers and partner teams. This is also a great reward for [Acura Brand Officer] Jon Ikeda, who has spearheaded the return of Acura to IMSA competition as we prove the brand is the home of Precision Crafted Performance. Congratulations to everyone at Acura Team Penske and Meyer Shank Racing, and let's keep it up as we head to our ‘home' race at Mid-Ohio later this month."



Ricky Taylor (#7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) race winner, 2nd consecutive victory of 2020:
"We've been fighting back all year, today was just a synopsis of our season. Coming from a lap down and a complete nightmare of a start of the race, but we've all made mistakes, and Helio's recovery was brilliant. When he's angry, look out! He fought back so hard. We got back to the front, and he made it look easy at the end. Acura, HPD and Team Penske, it's an awesome combination."




Helio Castroneves (#7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) race winner, 2nd consecutive victory of 2020:
"I made a mistake at the beginning, unfortunately. I like to think I drive like a 20-year-old, but sometimes I make the mistakes of a 20-year-old, too! Thankfully, [team president] Tim Cindric is always cool, and made all the right calls to get us back in the race, and we got the yellow [caution flag] that worked in our favor. Finally, we got in the lead thanks to this guy [Taylor]. It was just a great job from everyone: Acura, HPD and Team Penske. Two in a row, baby, let's go for more."





Mario Farnbacher (#86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) GTD winner, first win of 2020, leads the GTD drivers' championship after six races:
"This win is such a relief for us, it's something that we've come so close to getting but just couldn't quite get there.


The crew really worked their asses off during the pit stops today. We were really unlucky during the [season opening] Rolex 24, and we have progressively been working really hard to keep collecting points for the championship. Now, to finally get the victory it's such a good feeling. There's so many people working behind the scenes, HPD, Acura, MSR, that have all helped us to get here."




Matt McMurry (#86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) GTD winner, first win of 2020, leads the GTD drivers' championship after six races, made his 150th race start in IMSA competition today:
"Today the MSR guys just did everything right and the crew did so awesome - all of our pit stops were super-fast. Shinya [Michimi] started the race off really strong and put me in a good position for when I had to get in the car, and Mario finished perfectly. To get a win on my 150th race start is a pretty good feeling too. A big thank you to everyone at MSR, HPD and Acura for giving us a great car today."



Mike Shank (team owner, Meyer Shank Racing):
"This was a big win for us in many ways. We've come so close to getting a win [this year] and we just couldn't make it happen. So this win, especially during an endurance event, was really good for us. This win also puts us in a good position in the championship.


We've been staying consistent with our finishes which will help us in the long run. Shinya did a great job considering he has not been in the car since January. Matt continues to show improvements each race and Mario did what he needed to do to bring it home in the end. I'm really proud of these guys, especially the crew who just knocked it out of the park on pit stops today. I'm really happy with the result today."





IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 at Daytona
Circuit:          Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (2.54-mile road course) Braselton, Ga
Weather:     Clear, warm, humid, 83 degrees F race start


- Honda also photos

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/acura-sweeps-road-atlanta---212094.html

06.09.2020 / MaP

More News

Second place at Road Atlanta extends Endurance Cup lead for Paul Miller Racing
06.09.2020
The No. 48 Paul Miller Racing team notched up another podium finish this weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. The team’s second place finish in the Total lubricants-backed Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO extends their lead in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin Endurance Cup to eight points over second place. more >>
Moorespeed's Riley Dickinson Earns Second Place IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama Finish at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Saturday
06.09.2020
Moorespeed's Riley Dickinson pulled out to an early lead during Saturday's IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race, staying in front for 22 laps and turning the fastest lap of the race before finishing second in the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.  more >>
Victory for BMW Team RLL at Road Atlanta Bruno Spengler and Connor De Phillippi finish in P1 in the MOTUL BMW M8 GTE.
06.09.2020
Second win of the season for BMW Team RLL in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: Bruno Spengler (CAN) and Connor De Phillippi (USA) took victory in the six-hour race at ‘Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta’ in their #25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE. After 254 laps, the duo was 4.383 seconds ahead of the #4 Corvette. Jesse Krohn (FIN) and John Edwards (USA) finished third in the #24 MOT more >>
TPC Racing and Efrin Castro Take IMSA Porsche GT3 Gold Cup Win at Road Atlanta
06.09.2020
Castro Led Wire to Wire From Pole Position for Second Career Win on Saturday TPC Racing's Efrin Castro held off his championship rival and escaped with a thrilling IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama win in the Gold Cup on Satu more >>
Helio Castroneves #Acura 7 takes 6 hour IWSC race win at Road Atlanta - classification
05.09.2020
IMSA WeatherTech Road Atlanta IWSC - RaceSaturday, September 5th 2020SESSION TIME: 06:01:411    1    Helio Castroneves#7 Acura DPiM        27 more >>
Snow shines at hot Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
05.09.2020
Fifth on the grid for Paul Miller Racing in on-track returnMadison Snow delivered a stand-out performance in qualifying for Saturday’s TireRack.com Grand Prix at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, putting the Paul Miller Lamborghini second on the grid. more >>
Moorespeed and Riley Dickinson Score IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama Saturday Race Pole in Qualifying at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Friday
05.09.2020
 Riley Dickinson and Moorespeed won the pole position for Saturday's IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in qualifying Friday in the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.Dickinson, 18, ripped off a perfectly timed flye more >>
Pole for Acura at Road Atlanta
05.09.2020
    Helio Castroneves claims pole in qualifying for Saturday's TireRack.com Grand Prix    Second consecutive WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole for Acura Team Penske    Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evos qualify fourth, sixth in GTD more >>
Eidson Wins Pole and Aghakhani Earns Close Outside Front Row Starting Position in IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo Qualifying
05.09.2020
Friday at Michelin Raceway Road AtlantaEidson on Pole for Sunday's Super Trofeo Race in No. No. 6 SADA Systems US RaceTronics Lamborghini; Aghakhani Starts Second Saturday Just 0.091 of a Second Off Pole  Jacob E more >>
Road Atlanta IWSC - Qualifying classification #7 Acura on pole
05.09.2020
IWSC IMSA WEATHERTECHRoad AtlantaSESSION TIME: 01:07:22     1    1    Helio Castroneves#7 Acura DPiM        8    --.---    more >>
Road Atlanta IMPC Practice 2 classification Seb Priaulx's Ford Mustang fastest
05.09.2020
IMPCRoad Atlanta IMPC - Practice 2SESSION TIME: 01:00:19Friday, September 4th 2020             1    1    Seb Priaulx#22 Ford Mu more >>
Road Atlanta IMSA WeatherTech SCC practice 2 - #31 Cadillac fastest
04.09.2020
Grand Prix At Michelin Raceway Road AtlantaFriday, September 4, 2020 2:25:00 PMRoad Atlanta / 2.540 milesTime of Race: 0.00:01:09.023Margin of Victory: 0.511   1    0    31     &nb more >>
Grand Prix At Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta IMPC Practice 1 classification - Kohrtex Aston Martin fastest
04.09.2020
Grand Prix At Michelin Raceway Road AtlantaRoad Atlanta / 2.540 milesFriday, September 4, 2020 12:55:00 PMTime of Race: 0.00:01:27.403   1    0    60         1&n more >>
TPC Racing Returns To Road Atlanta With IMSA Porsche, Lamborghini Efforts
03.09.2020
TPC to Field Two Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and One Lamborghini Super Trofeo Effort During This Weekend's Doubleheader for Both Championships The TPC Racing program returns to IMSA competition this weekend for doubleheaders in two separate champi more >>
Porsche heads to Road Atlanta highly motivated
03.09.2020
Preview, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, round 6, Braselton (USA)The Porsche GT Team has big plans for the next highlight on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar: At the upcoming sixth round of the season on 5 September at Road Atlanta in the US state of Georgia, the squad is determined to clinch the first win of the season with more >>
Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini squad ready for home race
03.09.2020
The Paul Miller Racing team is returning to a familiar hunting ground this weekend when the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rolls into the team’s home track at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. After taking a hiatus due to the COVID-19 p more >>
BMW Team RLL Ready For Six Hours at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
02.09.2020
 With consecutive podium finishes (P3 – Road America and P2 – VIR) in the last two 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races BMW Team RLL has now amassed a total of 80 podium finishes since beginning its BMW racing program in 2009.The team is hoping to add a second season’s win at the six-hour Tirerack.com Grand Prix at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, in Bra more >>
Moorespeed and Riley Dickinson Return to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2020 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama
02.09.2020
Moorespeed and the team's 18-year-old driver Riley Dickinson return to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta this weekend for Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2020 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama season in the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.   The Road Atla more >>
Team Hardpoint Marches On Road Atlanta With IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Effort
02.09.2020
Rob Ferriol and Spencer Pumpelly will Focus on GS Effort at this Weekend's VP Racing Stay Frosty 240 Team Hardpoint returns to action this weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, running the No. 31 Team Hardpoint/Gr more >>
Preparation Name of the Game for Stoner Car Care Racing Aston Martin Drivers
02.09.2020
Preparation is always key to a successful race weekend. But how do you prepare for a four-hour endurance event while also managing a high-stress, full-time profession?For the five drivers com more >>
Scott Huffaker completes PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports' driver lineup for Road Atlanta
02.09.2020
PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports has announced their lineup for the TireRack.com Grand Prix at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta consisting of drivers Simon Trummer, Patrick Kelly and rookie Scott Huffaker in the #5 more >>
Rebel Rock optimistic for four-hour race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
02.09.2020
Rebel Rock Racing returns to endurance mode this weekend when the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge visits Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for the four-hour VP Racing Stay Frosty 240 on Sunday (TrackPass, 1210pm ET). more >>
Ben Waddell Primed for Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Return
02.09.2020
Stoner Car Care Racing driver Ben Waddell is looking to make a strong return to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for the second IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race of the 2020 season on Sunday (TrackPass on N more >>
Programming Update: Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix
01.09.2020
This evening’s originally scheduled broadcast of the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix has been moved to Saturday, September 5th at 9:30AM ET on NBCSN. TUNE-IN SCHEDULE RACEVIRGINIA IS F more >>
US RaceTronics Scores Two Wins in Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race 1 at VIR
28.08.2020
 Early Contact Spoils Chance for Wi more >>
IMSA, IWSC Road Atlanta entry list 2020
28.08.2020
IMSA at Michelin Raceway Road AtlantaRoad Atlanta - Braselton, GeorgiaSeptember 04 - September 06, 2020Total Entries: 28DAYTONA PROTOTYPE INTERNATIONAL (DPi) Entries: 85Mustang Samp more >>
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams Secure Pole, Two Podium Finishes
25.08.2020
... and the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Points Lead in Successful Weekend of Competition at VIRginia International Raceway Mercedes-AMG GT4 Team Riley Motorsports and Drivers Jim Co more >>
Steven Aghakhani and Jacob Eidson Persevere to the Finish of Challenging IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Race
25.08.2020
Sunday at VIRginia Interantional Raceway (VIR)Saturday Race Winners Leave VIR with Pro Class Points Lead Despite Being Knocked from Contention Early in Sunday's Race  Steven Aghakhani and Jacob Eidson persevere more >>
TPC Racing Leaves VIR With Four IMSA Podium Finishes and a Strong Showing
25.08.2020
Tom Kerr Earned a Pair of Podiums in Lamborghini Super Trofeo, While Efrin Castro Matched the Effort in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA TPC Racing drivers scored four podiums over the IMSA weekend at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), more >>
Early Retirement at VIR for Ben Waddell in Stoner Car Care Hyundai
25.08.2020
A weekend of ups and downs had an unfortunate and early end for Stoner Car Care driver Ben Waddell in Sunday’s Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix – Round Four of the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge more >>
Michelin Pilot Challenge: Auberlen and Foley complete the double.
24.08.2020
One day after their victory with the BMW M6 GT3 in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley (both USA) claimed another success at ‘Virginia International Raceway’. The duo was victorious for Tur more >>
Podium sweep keep Veloster N TCR crews atop IMSA series
24.08.2020
Bryan Herta Autosport Veloster N TCR swept the podium places for the second IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Race in a row at Virginia International Raceway (August 22-23). Drivers Mason Filippi and Michael Lewis scored their first together in the blue #98 entry ahead of more >>
Moorespeed and Riley Dickinson Rebound for IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama Podium Finish
24.08.2020
...at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) Sunday Moorespeed driver Riley Dickinson made a pass for a podium finish with three corners to go to cap a late charge to the front of the field in Sunday's second and final race of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama doubleheader at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR). more >>
Stoner Car Care Racing Races to the Finish at VIR
24.08.2020
The Stoner Car Care Racing fielded by Automatic Racing team was back in IMSA action this weekend, fielding a pair of Aston Martin Vantage GT4s. On Sunday, the team brought the cars home to the checkered flag in the Virginia is for more >>
Early End to Weekend for Jr III Racing at VIR
24.08.2020
A promising race weekend for JR III Racing came to an early end on Sunday, after the No. 3 Jr. III Racing Copps Industries Ligier was collected in an early incident at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). more >>
Paul Miller Racing crosses the line third at VIR
23.08.2020
The Paul Miller Racing team drove to a triumphant third place finish at VIRginia International Raceway this afternoon before an unfortunate technical infringement moved the No. 48 Total Lubricants-sponsored Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO to the back of the GTD field. more >>
Steven Aghakhani and Jacob Eidson Score Convincing Victory Saturday in IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Race in Virginia
23.08.2020
Aghakhani and Eidson Lead Every Lap of 50 Minute Race at VIRginia International Raceway in No. 6 SADA Systems US RaceTronics Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo Steven Aghakhani and Jacob Eidson picked up right where they left of more >>
Acura driver quotes after VIR race
23.08.2020
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin GT Challenge at VIRCircuit: Virginia International Raceway (3.27-mile road course) Alton, Va.QuotesMario Farnbacher (#86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) started fourth, finish more >>
Acura, McMurray and Farnbacher Claim Championship leads at VIR
23.08.2020
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin GT Challenge at VIRCircuit: Virginia International Raceway (3.27-mile road course) Alton, Va.Weather: Overcast, humid, 84 degrees F     Matt McMurray, Mario Farnbache more >>

STROOSSEN ENGLEN ASBL www.stroossenenglen.lu

Jobs Around the World

2001-2020 automobilsport.com full copyright