GT3 / 06 July 2020
NSX GT3 Evo on IMSA podium at Daytona
The NSX GT3 Evo scored its first podium finish of 2020 as the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship resumed at Daytona International Speedway last Saturday.
Reigning GTD champion Mario Farnbacher, partnered this year at Meyer Shank Racing by Matt McMurry, became embroiled in an entertaining battle with the sister NSX of Alvaro Parente throughout the second half of the race.
Swapping positions several times, Farnbacher eventually claimed third place by the chequered flag with Parente - whose Heinricher Racing-entered car is shared with Misha Goikhberg - fourth.
The race had started on a damp track with McMurry sixth and Goikhberg seventh, but both made good progress in the tricky conditions to run first and third by the time the first round of pitstops arrived.
Following the driver changes, both Farnbacher and Parente - who had taken over the two cars - ran consistently to collect the best finishes so far this year for each entry.
The two MSR cars are fifth and sixth in the Teams' points with Acura third in the Manufacturers' standings.
Gradient Racing - a class winner last year in the GT World Challenge America - made its IMSA debut at Daytona with drivers Till Bechtolsheimer and Marc Miller adapting well to the challenge.
Bechtolsheimer qualified 11th and was behind the wheel during the trickiest section of the race. He and Miller both suffered braking issues, but finished 10th to score their first series points.
They are 21st in the Drivers' points - having missed the first race - while Gradient are 13th in the Teams' standings.
All three 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.