Coming off a second-place finish in the GTD class in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Michael Shank Racing is looking to continue that momentum in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
For Trent Hindman, Katherine Legge and Alvaro Parente, co-drivers of the No. 86 Curb Records Acura NSX GT3, a successful post-Daytona test at Sebring has helped build on that momentum.
“We were really good over the course of our two-day test here a couple of weeks ago,” Hindman said. “We’re very confident with the car that we had and the way it’s been developed. This weekend, we’ve got to do exactly what we did at Daytona. The entire MSR team did a phenomenal job at Daytona. We had nearly 30 pit stops and no penalties. We only had a small equipment failure on our second-to-last stop that cost us some time; otherwise, I think we could have given the Grasser Lamborghini a run for the win. It’s certainly not for a lack of speed in our Acura.
“The 12 Hours of Sebring is just as – if not more – grueling than the Rolex 24,” Hindman continued. “It requires the same level of patience, and the same level of mistake-free methodology. That’s what’s going to separate the guys who are going to be on the podium and the guys that aren’t, so we have to be absolutely perfect.”
Hindman will be pulling double-duty this weekend. He’s also competing in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, sharing the No. 7 Volt Lighting Ford Mustang GT4 with Alan Brynjolfsson. Hindman won the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Sebring.
“Seat time is seat time,” he said. “It’s going to be a little warm running back and forth this weekend, but I’m a happy camper getting any amount of extra seat time. I’m a lucky guy to be able to run in two races – especially when I’ve got a chance at winning both of them.”
Prior to leaving the snowy Jersey Shore for sunny Florida, Hindman spent time with his dad, helping change the water pumps and radiators on his diesel truck.
“We were just finishing up when I noticed the fan laying on the work bench,” Hindman said. “We had to tear it all apart and do it over. I’m not a very good mechanic – I’m going to stick to driving.”
Legge will be busy away from the track this season. She announced on Thursday that she will be stepping up her workouts as a new member of Team LC, an all-female triathlon team founded by four-time world champion Leandra Cave. Legge has set her sights on the Challenge Daytona event in early Daytona, although she is not sure if she will be doing the Olympic distance or half-Ironman distance.
“Working out for my first triathlon in 2016 helped me get fit for racing,” Legge said. “I love challenging myself, and this is a great way for me to keep motivated.”
Legge will be riding a new Ventum bike at the event, which will then be auctioned to further the Team LC Foundation.