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Top-Five Finish for Acura NSX GT3 at Daytona Debut

Acura Motorsports Race Report
Rolex 24
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 24-hour endurance race
Daytona International Speedway (3.56-mile road course) Daytona Beach, FL
Weather: Rain, cool, 45-55 degrees F

  • Michael Shank Racing effort dominates nighttime hours of the Rolex 24
  • Acura NSX GT3s lead 27 percent of race laps in 24-hour endurance classic
  • Acura wins first GTD round of 2017 North American Endurance Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Acura NSX GT3 completed a highly successful endurance sports car racing debut Saturday and Sunday at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, as a pair of Michael Shank Racing Acuras dominated the nighttime hours, leading 171 of 634 laps, prior to a best finish of fifth in the 27-car GTD field at the season-opening Rolex 24.

This weekend’s endurance classic marked the North American sports car racing debut for the Acura NSX GT3, with the MSR team fielding a pair of cars for a stellar driving lineup including Andy Lally, Graham Rahal, Katherine Legge and Mark Wilkins in the #93 car; and Jeff Segal, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri Jr., and Tom Dyer in the #86 NSX.

The Acura NSX GT3s starred in the overnight hours of the twice-around-the-clock contest, leading – and often running 1-2 – as both cars excelled in the steady rain and wet track conditions that existed from just past 8 p.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday, when the rain faded away and the 3.56-mile circuit finally began to dry.  In all, the two NSX GT3s led 171 of 634 laps, or 27 percent of the total distance run.

In the closing hours, both cars appeared headed for top-six finishes.  But with just 30 minutes remaining, the #93 NSX GT3 was forced to retire due to damage sustained in earlier on-track incident.  But Segal was able to bring the #86 Acura home fifth in the GTD class, and also claim North American Endurance Championship honors for the “series-within-a-series” of endurance races within the overall IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Competing in the GTD class of the sports car racing championship, the NSX GT3s race against premium automotive brands including Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. In all, there were 27 cars entered in the GTD field at Daytona, by far the largest of the four classes competing in the 24-hour endurance contest.

Developed from the production Acura NSX, the NSX GT3 utilizes the production NSX’s ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body with aluminum-intensive space frame, which is produced at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, exclusive worldwide manufacturing facility for the NSX. The 3.5-liter racing engine uses the same design specifications as the production Acura NSX, including the block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system. A six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox delivers power to the rear wheels.

The Acura NSX GT3 adds to a rich legacy of Acura sports car racing championships, including the 1991, 1992 and 1993 IMSA Camel Lights manufacturer and driver championships, and the 2009 American Le Mans Series manufacturer, driver and team championships in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes.

Video recaps from this weekend’s Acura WeatherTech SportsCar Championship activities at Daytona are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2017 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at:

The 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resumes Saturday, March 18, with another endurance racing classic, the 65th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.


GM Thanks Customers for 500 Million Rides

General Motors has announced the assembly of the 500 millionth GM-branded vehicle. This colossal achievement puts the GM brand miles ahead of any other automaker.

In recognition of this major accomplishment, GM would like to thank all who have owned a GM-branded vehicle over the years. There have been a half-billion GM-branded vehicles manufactured over 106 years, but it’s our customers who create memories, celebrate successes and reach countless milestones along life’s journey. You give GM vehicles life by making them a part of yours.

To show our enduring gratitude, GM CEO Mary Barra and GM Executive Vice President Alan Batey surprised wounded veteran and loyal Chevrolet owner Trent Brining with the keys to a new 2016 Malibu during an event at the Fairfax Assembly Plant. The celebration was attended by customers, employees and dealers.

Among some of the other big announcements, Alan Batey noted that GM will invest $174 million toward state-of-the-art equipment and advancements at the Fairfax Assembly Plant and also recently shared a plan to invest $5.4 billion in GM U.S. manufacturing to enable vehicle improvements that benefit customers.

Here’s to another 500 million and beyond.


2017 Honda Civic Wins Kelley Blue Book “Best Auto Tech” Award

2017 Honda Civic Sedan

TORRANCE, Calif. – The 2017 Honda Civic was awarded the 2017 Kelley Blue Book Best Auto Tech Award by the expert team of editors and evaluators at The Civic’s available touchscreen Display Audio interface, featuring Apple CarPlay™1 and Android Auto™2 compatibility, and Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver assistive technologies were prominent in helping the model win the award that honors the vehicle with the most advanced infotainment, convenience and active safety features at a great value to car buyers.

1 Apple CarPlay is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
2 Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google Inc.

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Jimmie Johnson wins a record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ Championship — all behind the wheel of a Chevrolet.

A fine memory.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (November 20, 2016) – Jimmie Johnson defeated three to tie two to be the one. Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, won the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ finale to outpace the other three drivers in the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, earning his seventh series championship — all behind the wheel of a Chevrolet — tying a NASCAR record held by Hall-of-Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr.


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Jenson Button Has Been Testing A Honda Civic Rallycross Car

“…the 2009 F1 champion has been out testing a Honda Civic rallycross car at the Sebring International Raceway with the Swedish OlsbergsMSE team.”


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