Basking in the sun-soaked southern California streets of Long Beach on Saturday, it looked like Michael Shank Racing’s race day would shine just as brightly as the team’s two-car Acura effort was poised for a double top-five result in the 100-minute BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix.
Unfortunately, those anticipated results did not come to fruition in Round 3 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship when a desperate move from a fellow GTD competitor took the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 of Ozz Negri and Jeff Segal out of the race in the final corner and a late-race miscue saw the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 of Katherine Legge and Andy Lally fall from third to 11th in the order.
The No. 93 Acura machine recovered to take seventh at the checkered flag.
“We had a decent race going, we were set up for a top-five finish – we knew we’d be at least sixth,” said Michael Shank Racing General Manager Tim Keene. “We made smart decisions all day and got ourselves in a good position so to get taken out by someone making a really, really bad decision is more than frustrating. We still have some work to do with the car but I’m proud of everybody on this team. We just have to put this behind us and move on to COTA and the remainder of the season.
|Video by||Honda Racing/HPD|
|Track||Streets of Long Beach|