Meyer Shank Racing Acura dominates at Watkins Glen for IMSA GTD win

Meyer Shank Racing Acura dominates at Watkins Glen for IMSA GTD win

06/30/2019

The Meyer Shank Racing Acura led the championship standings coming into the race but had not won a race all season.

Entering Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International, Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher were in a unique position in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Co-driving the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3, the duo led the GT Daytona (GTD) championship standings without a win yet in the season.

That all changed Sunday afternoon.

It was a dominating performance that started Saturday, with Hindman putting the No. 86 Acura on pole for the second time this season. Between Hindman, Farnbacher and endurance teammate Justin Marks, the car paced the GTD field for a race-high 83 laps to claim its first checkered flag of the season.

“I think our championship lead is now 16 points,” said Hindman, who with Farnbacher now holds a 119-103-point lead over the AIM Vasser Sullivan duo of Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand. “It’s tremendous to come and get a win and keep the championship lead, but there is plenty of opportunity to extend it.

“We’ll try to solidify our place in the championship. We’re just going to take it race by race. Obviously, our focus was to win, and that’s not going to change for the rest of the year. We’re always going to be out here shooting for the win. Always being aggressive. That’s what puts us in these positions to begin with. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

Sights from the  IMSA  action at Watkins Glen International, Sunday, June 30, 2019 where Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA.

The win is a first for both Hindman and Marks in the WeatherTech Championship, but the sixth for Farnbacher, who closed out the race.

Though the car topped the class for the majority of the race, it was a nail-biter down to the end. Bill Auberlen – seeking his 59th IMSA win to come within one of all-time win leader Scott Pruett – was hunting down Farnbacher in his No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. Auberlen was able to close to less than half a second to Farnbacher in the closing minutes but would settle for second by 0.676 seconds.

“It was for sure not easy,” said Farnbacher. “I tried to push for no mistakes and Auberlen was pushing like crazy. He closed the gap really easily and was always pushing. I tried to save it with no mistakes. I’m really happy for the team. Finally, we have the win. I’m so happy for the guys.”

Auberlen co-drove with Robby Foley and Dillon Machavern, the latter of whom was part of the Turner Motorsport lineup that won at Watkins Glen in 2018.

Scoring their second podium of the season was the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 of Cooper MacNeil, Toni Vilander and Jeff Westphal.

It’s a quick turnaround for the next IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which heads directly to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for next Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Acura. It will be the first IMSA race to be televised live on the NBC network, beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

IMSA Radio also will have live coverage throughout the weekend on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with race coverage airing on SiriusXM Radio.

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