DEVELOPING THE NSX GT3
When it came to Prototype class racing
in IMSA’s Weather Tech SportsCar
Championship, Michael Shank Racing was
one of the big beasts. But a GT3 program?
With an all-new car mere months along its
development curve? Not so much...
Still, Honda Performance Development
was confident that the pros of engaging
a team with MSR’s endurance racing
pedigree and meticulous professionalism
to develop its Acura NSX GT3 in IMSA’s
GT Daytona class, in a parallel program
with Pirelli World Challenge GT-contending Real Time Racing, far
outweighed any hypothetical cons.
Although MSR didn’t get hands-on
with the car until the latter part of last
year, its showing in the 2017 season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona confirmed
HPD’s faith in its new partner and the
Real Time/Shank development axis.
The pair of MSR entries led a
combined 171 laps in GTD, with the
No. 86 NSX GT3 coming home fifth and
the No. 93, which suffered the brunt of
PROOF OF CONCEPT
GTD lead, and the sister 86 taking no
tires at all to move from 12th to sixth.
Lally, who’d taken over from Legge at
the stop, held on for the class win, with
the 86 car earning a stout fifth place.
Part performance, part inspired
strategy, a win is a win in super-tight
GTD, and this one was a significant boost
for the fledgling NSX GT3 project.
With a win after only five races in IMSA’s GT Daytona class, Acura’s all-new NSX GT3 racer is ahead of the curve.
the expected new-car niggles, in 11th.
Just four races later, at Detroit’s Belle
Isle street course, the No. 93 Andy Lally/
Katherine Legge machine qualified on
the front row for one of the season’s
shortest races: a 1h40m, two-driver
sprint. During the race’s only caution,
both NSX’s pitted, with the 93 taking on
left-side tires only and exiting with the
While Real Time hones the
Acura NSX GT3’s sprint chops
in PWC, Michael Shank Racing
takes on IMSA’s longer-format
races, such as 12 grueling
hours at Sebring (MAIN).
Andy Lally and the Michael Shank Racing
crew await the No. 93 NSX GT3 for a
routine stop at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Teammates Katherine Legge and Andy Lally
celebrate the first win for the Acura NSX
GT3 on the streets of Detroit’s Belle Isle.
PUT TING IN THE MILES FIVE RACES IN, IT’S A WIN