GT3 / 31 August 2021
One-two pro-am finish for NSX GT3 Evo at Road America
The NSX GT3 Evo scored a magnificent one-two pro-am finish and an overall pole position as the GT World Challenge America resumed at Road America following its summer break.
Racers Edge Motorsports and Compass Racing ensured that the magnificent record of the JAS Motorsport-assembled machine was continued on a weekend of high drama in Wisconsin.
Michael di Meo drew first blood for Compass as he scored pro-am pole position for Saturday’s opener, with Taylor Hagler completing an all-Acura front row.
A faster pitstop by the Racers’ Edge crew meant that Hagler’s co-driver Dakota Dickerson emerged ahead of Compass driver Matt McMurry for the second half of the race. He put in a strong stint to win pro-am in third place overall with McMurry only three seconds behind.
Things looked even better for Racers Edge in Race Two as Dickerson - who outstandingly qualified on overall pole position - led outright until the mid-race pitstops.
Hagler, who took over, lost ground to the leading all-pro crews, but still held a commanding lead in pro-am until a cut right-front tyre forced her into the pits and dropped the car to seventh.
That was one place behind McMurry/Di Meo, who spent time behind the wall for repairs after early contact damaged their NSX during the first half of the race.
The results moved Hagler and McMurry - the only members of their respective line-ups to contest every race this year - up to second and sixth in the Drivers’ standings respectively.
Racers Edge and Compass are third and fifth in the pro-am Teams’ points with Acura fourth in the overall Manufacturers’ Championship.
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.