Ten IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races down and three pole positions, one win and four podiums later, the Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) No. 86 AutoNation Acura NSX GT3 of Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher lead the GT-Daytona Championship standings by 32 points heading into the final round of IMSA competition for the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans. The team finished second in the 2018 IMSA championship and is focused on going one better in this year.
Hindman and Farnbacher claimed the championship lead after their second place finish at Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course in May. The duo will once again be rejoined by Justin Marks for the season finale event at the newly renamed Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for the ten hour classic. The last time that the three MSR drivers combined in IMSA competition, they emerged with a big victory at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen, which was the second Watkins Glen victory for MSR in GTD competition.
Heading into the final round of IMSA competition several championship titles are up for grabs for MSR. With a healthy 32-point lead in the Team Championship standings, MSR will need to take the green flag to secure that title. To also claim the GTD Driver Championship titles for Hindman and Farnbacher, the two must complete minimum drive times of two hours and 30 minutes.
Also on the table is the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup (IMEC) Championship which consists of the four long format races – Rolex 24 At Daytona, Sebring Twelve Hour, Sahlen’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen and the Motul Petit Le Mans. MSR sits third and just four points out of the IMEC lead heading to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
The final title up that MSR will be vying for is the GTD Manufacturer title. With a long history with Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Acura, the team is shooting to claim that victory at the finish of the ten hour endurance event. The team currently sits just one point behind the lead in second.
The Motul Petit Le Mans will stage qualifying on Friday, October 11th and will be broadcast live on NBCSN starting at 3:45pm ET. Race coverage will begin at 12:00pm ET on Sunday, October 11th on NBC. Coverage will switch to the NBC Sports App at 3:00pm ET and resume on NBCSN starting at 5:30pm ET.