Crashed Shank Acura ready to race

Crashed Shank Acura ready to race


Crashed Shank Acura ready to race


Michael Shank Racing’s crashed No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 is ready to race after an extraordinary amount of work was completed from 6 p.m. Thursday to 4:20 a.m. this morning.

Following Justin Marks’ hard meeting with the Turn 13 barriers during practice, frame damage at the front of the Acura necessitated wholesale repairs to bring the car back to race-worthy condition. The team’s efforts were rewarded by MSR’s Lawson Aschenbach, who set the fastest time in morning warm-up with the car.

“When the car came off the (flatbed after the incident) truck, we decided it was done,” Shank said. “There was no question about it. But we weren’t ready to quit. So as we started looking at our options, we looked at putting the drivers in different cars, thinking through a few ways to sort it out.

“But the crew chief Justin [Harnisfager] and engineer Dale [Wise] decided that they wanted to fix it. It was a huge project and they were up all night. The car is pretty good, it is not exactly where it needs to be but we will get it on track and see what we can make of this event. It is a long race and my guys are ready for it.”