GT3 / 15 October 2019
NSX GT3 Evo claims double IMSA crown
The NSX GT3 Evo claimed a magnificent double as Meyer Shank Racing secured the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship's GTD title and Mario Farnbacher and Trent Hindman claimed the Drivers' crown.
Despite not making the finish of the season-ending Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta, the consistency and speed of the team over the course of the season meant both titles were secured at the 10-hour race.
Starting fourth, thanks to the effort of enduro driver Justin Marks, the MSR machine confirmed the Teams' title just by starting the race, but they did not finish after running over some debris on track and puncturing the NSX GT3 Evo's radiator.
Results elsewhere on the day meant Farnbacher and Hindman were able to become Drivers' champions later on. Acura finished the year second in the Manufacturers' points.
In the concurrent IMSA Endurance Cup, Farnbacher, Hindman and Marks claimed fifth in the end-of-season standings with MSR fifth in the Teams' points and Acura fifth in the Manufacturers' contest.
The NSX GT3 Evo has now won four titles in its maiden season of competition; MSR having claimed the IMSA Sprint Cup Teams' crown and Jens Moller winning the Blancpain GT Sports Club title in Europe.
The sister car of Katherine Legge, Bia Figueiredo and Christina Nielsen started fifth and was fighting for a top-five finish all the way to the finish before Legge was shoved offline while being lapped by a faster prototype car and dropped to seventh.
Legge, the only member of the line-up to have taken part in every race this season, finished ninth in the points.
Both cars were competing as part of the NSX GT3 Customer Racing Programme; a global collaborative project with JAS Motorsport responsible for assembly of all cars.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) and M-TEC handle sales and technical support in North America and Japan respectively, with JAS responsible for these areas across the rest of the world.