Michael Shank Racing has finalized its driver roster for the Rolex 24 At Daytona with the addition of Trent Hindman and Côme Ledogar to the line-ups for its pair of Acura NSX GT3 entries. Ledogar will team with Lawson Aschenbach, Justin Marks and Mario Farnbacher in the No. 93 Acura for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener at Daytona, while Hindman will partner with Alvaro Parente, Katherine Legge and A.J. Allmendinger in the No. 86 car.
Ledogar, who will be making his IMSA racing debut at the Daytona enduro, won the 2014 French Carrera Cup Championship with six wins and six pole positions. The Frenchman built on that success with an additional two championships in 2016, clinching the Blancpain Endurance Series and Porsche Carrera Cup Italia. He also took a podium finish at this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour.
“I am really excited to be joining Michael Shank Racing,” said Ledogar. “Driving with MSR means a new challenge for me but with a very experienced team with one of the best reputations in the paddock. I think the Acura NSX GT3 will suit me well since it is a brand new mid-engine car; which is the same set up that I have been driving the previous two years.”
The 22-year-old Hindman had a breakout year in 2017. The New Jersey native scored victories in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition, clinched the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Championship as well as scored a major Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final win at Imola. He also impressed in his triple-duty weekend at Virginia International Raceway, racing in the CTSCC, winning the LST race, and securing a podium finish in his first-ever IMSA WeatherTech GTD race outing.
With the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup in his sights, Hindman will race the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 in the Rolex 24 as well as the Sebring 12 Hour, Sahlen’s Six Hour, and the Petit Le Mans.
“Michael Shank Racing is one of the elite teams in IMSA so it was an honor to be presented with this opportunity,” said Hindman. “Running with Mike and the Acura NSX GT3 is really a chance that I think all drivers in general, not just younger guys like myself, would immediately jump into without any hesitation. I want to thank Mike, the entire MSR team, and Honda Performance Development for their faith in me as a driver and I certainly hope to deliver for them.”
Not only is Hindman looking to provide the team with results throughout the TPNAEC season, but he will also look to lessons learned from the many years of experience that the team has racked up.
“MSR is a team that’s got a fantastic history of helping young drivers recognize their full potential,” said Hindman. “I certainly want to take full advantage of that quality as well as hopefully being able to provide as much knowledge and experience as I possibly can in order to make the most of this program. I think it’s also very important to enjoy this opportunity as much as possible, as not many drivers get a shot like this.”
The Rolex 24 At Daytona kicks off on Jan. 26.