With its all-female No. 57 Acura NSX GT3 lineup previously confirmed, Meyer Shank Racing will complete its two-car IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona effort with Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher in the No. 86 entry.
MSR veterans AJ Allmendinger and Justin Marks will join the team for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Marks staying on for the three remaining Michelin Endurance Cup rounds after January’s season opener.
“It’s been five years of scrapping in GS, Super Trofeo, and various other categories to finally be in a position to run in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship full time,” said Hindman who, like Farnbacher, shifts from an endurance role with the team last season to full-time status.
“This is absolutely a dream come true and I owe the world to Mike [Shank] and the entire Meyer Shank Racing team for the opportunity of a lifetime. This is a team that I’ve come to grow very close with in my role in the endurance races in 2018. Now, seeing where we will be in 2019, makes me even more grateful to be working with this group. I am honored and I am thankful to be driving an MSR prepared Acura NSX GT3 Evo for 2019 in phenomenal company.”
Farnbacher added: “I am super happy to be back with MSR and then to drive the full season is a mega bonus. I am so happy and thankful for this opportunity. The Acura NSX GT3 is a great platform, and I am convinced the Evo will be a really competitive ride for 2019. I will definitely do my best, like I always do, to be successful in 2019 with MSR and my teammates and I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Having two confirmed Acura entries for every round is a point of pride for Shank.
“We are happy to continue with the Acura program and the new Evo improvements have shown well at our tests,” he said. “There’s a sense of ease having both of our cars go full season from the start. Both Mario and Trent really impressed me last year. Being a third driver is a difficult thing and they both knocked it out of the park so I’m happy to have them come back for the full season. It’s also great to have Justin back for the endurance races and of course I am always honored to have AJ race in my cars. He’s part of the MSR family and we will always have a seat ready for him.”