One of IMSA’s best stories this season will continue after Meyer Shank Racing announced the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 entry piloted by championship contender Katherine Legge is set to complete the remaining rounds.
Originally scheduled as a part-time entry for the four long WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance events positioned next to the full-time No. 93 Acura, Legge and a rotating cast of teammates have kept MSR’s No. 86 firmly in the title hunt from Daytona onward.
A win by Legge and co-driver Mario Farnbacher at Detroit and two additional podiums have strengthened their championship aspirations, and with the GT Daytona-leading Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini team just three points ahead, keeping the No. 86 on track has become a race-by-race mission MSR’s sponsors wanted to support. With five races left to run, Legge can focus on the battles ahead instead of whether her car will remain in action.
“It’s a testament to the team’s fight and our partners’ fight to keep us out there to go for the championship,” Legge told RACER. “I’m super happy to be in this position, and we’ve been fighting just as hard to get this championship for Sirius/XM and all the sponsors that have. We didn’t know we’d be here, so it’s just on us to go out and do our very best. It’s still a long way to go to the final, though, but we’re so pleased to have this chance.”
Team co-owner Michael Shank shared in Legge’s appreciation and enthusiasm for the championship quest ahead.
“We’ve been so fortunate to have our partners stepping up and keep us going forward this year, and we are at the point of the season that we needed to make a full commitment one way or another,” said team co-owner Michael Shank.
“We are in a strong position right now in this championship so we want to keep our foot in it and go for it. It was critical to be able to manage this second entry without compromising anything else that we are doing as an organization. So I’m happy to have some of our long-time sponsors as well as some new ones help us keep pushing all the way to the end. Now that we have this confirmed we can just put our heads down and focus on the championship.”