Like most of its rivals in the IMSA GT Daytona class (and the whole field, come to that), the Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 team had to battle through a number of setbacks through the record-setting pace at Motul Petit Le Mans. Ultimately, its No. 86 entry closed the season with a second-place finish in both the race for Alvaro Parente, Katherine Legge and Trent Hindman, and the same result for Legge in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“I am incredibly proud of the effort that my MSR team put forth this year. I’m disappointed not to get the title, but to finish on a high note, on the podium at Petit, is no easy feat,” said Legge, who scored wins at both the Daytona and Watkins Glen endurance races this year. “Alvaro drove a great final stint and really gave it his all. Trent also did a fantastic job — he probably had the hardest job out of all of us, coming in as the endurance driver, but he really put us in great positions. This year has been really special and it gives us a good launching pad for 2019.”
What originally started as a Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup-only race program, developed into a full-season campaign to fight for the championship title, completing every lap of every race this season – totaling 2,374 laps – and leading 202 of them. Petit closer Parente chased hard after the leading Scuderia Corsa Ferrari of Cooper MacNeil, Daniel Serra and Gunnar Jeannette in the final hour, but wound up 0.876sec back at the finish of the 10-hour event.
“That last stint was really tough and I’m a little disappointed that I couldn’t get the win for the team,” said Parente. “We had some trouble with a couple of cars in other classes which really hurt us in the end. I gave it my all, but I just wish I could have gotten the win for the guys. This year has been great and MSR and Mike (Shank) are amazing to work with and I’m glad to have had this opportunity.”