All-Female Acura NSX GTD Team Sets Fastest Time at Daytona Roar

At the Roar Before the 24, Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian enjoyed an auspicious start to the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In the hands of Bia Figueiredo, the No. 57 Caterpillar Acura NSX GT3 Evo topped the qualifying time sheets  with a lap of 1:45.537 (121.43o miles per hour). For the Daytona 24 later this month, Figueiredo will join Katherine Legge, a four-time GTD winner, and 2018 championship runner-up., along with  Indianapolis 500 veterans Simona de Silvestro and Bia Figueiredo (Ana Beatriz), along with two-time IMSA champion Christina Nielsen substituting for the injured Jackie Heinricher. Significantly, this is the first time since 1994 that an all-female team have contested the Rolex 24. The results of ‘Roar” qualifying set the priority among teams for garage and pit selection. Race qualifying will occur prior to the January 26-27 twice around the clock event.

Different Name, Same Great Driver

The No. 57 Caterpillar Meyer Shank Racing GTD Acura NSX driver lineup consists of Christina Nielsen, Katherine Legge, Simona de Silvestro, Bia Figueiredo, and Jackie Heinricher.

Bia Figueiredo, who had formerly raced under the name of Ana Beatriz, an anglicized contraction of her name in Portuguese, remarked: “It’s a pleasure to be here in Daytona for the first time. I had the job to qualify today, and they said ‘Drive as fast as you can’, and that’s what I did. It shows we’ve got a very good car, and a really strong team. To be part of the show is really nice, and I’m very happy.”

Second Meyer Shanks Acura NSX

The sister #86 car’s pace wasn’t quite as strong, but impressive nonetheless. IMSA race winner Trent Hindman put the LaSalle Solutions Acura NSX GT3 Evo third on the grid with a time of 1:45.657. Later this month, Hindman will co-pilot the car with NASCAR and Rolex 24 race winners Justin Marks and A.J. Allmendinger, along with  Mario Farnbacher.

The #86 Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3, GTD: Piloted by Mario Farnbacher, Trent Hindman, Justin Marks, and AJ Allmendinger. Photo credit: Acura Motorsports/LAT Photographic

In three weeks’ time, these two teams will return to Daytona International Speedway for one of the most illustrious events in American endurance racing. The Rolex 24, the twice-around-the-clock endurance contest that kicks off the 2019
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, takes place January 26-27.

 

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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