Shank scrambling to repair NSX after practice crash

Shank scrambling to repair NSX after practice crash


Shank scrambling to repair NSX after practice crash


UPDATE, 7:15 p.m. ET: Due to the amount of damage incurred, MSR and Honda Performance Development do not have all of the parts needed to repair the No. 93 in Sebring. A plan is in motion to have the missing components shipped overnight, and provided they arrive on Friday, getting the car out for a shakedown during the pre-race warm-up would be the most likely outcome. Provided IMSA allows the car to compete in the race, it would start from the back of the field as a result of missing qualifying.The Michael Shank Racing team is under pressure to try and repair its crashed No. 93 Acura NSX GT3.

A sizable impact by MSR driver Justin Marks during the second practice session for the Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring saw the nose of the twin-turbo V6-powered coupe slam into and through the tire barrier at Turn 13. It came to a stop after the front of the NSX smashed into the concrete wall behind the tires, leading to extensive damage to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona machine.

In order to get the No. 93 back on track a significant amount of work will be required. Most of the bolt-on items forward of the front bulkhead were destroyed, and some of the frame pieces that carry those items could also be compromised.

The crash comes after an expensive Verizon IndyCar Series debut for MSR last weekend at St. Petersburg. With rookie driver Jack Harvey suffering a cut tire at one of the fastest sections of the street course, the right-side impact ended his race and left the Ohio-based entrant with a parts bill north of $30,000. It’s unclear how much the replacement parts for the NSX GT3 will cost MSR.