Acura NSX GT3 Squad Set to Defend Home Turf at Road America
TORRANCE, Calif. – Getting back to the track after posting its best results of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season, the Acura NSX GT3 squad of RealTime Racing is counting on a weekend in familiar territory to help maintain its momentum.
Based in Saukville, Wisconsin, RealTime Racing will be surrounded by friendly faces this weekend as the Acura NSX GT3s visit the 4.048-mile Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, the layout where the RTR Acura TLX dominated last year in a pair of victories.
Ryan Eversley’s Acura swept the Road America doubleheader to the delight of the home crowd last season, and gave him an appreciation of what a strong result can do for the team.
“Road America is a special weekend for our team since our race shop is located about 35 minutes away. It’s the one time a year that our crew’s family and friends can come out and see what all the hard work and long hours have been for,” Eversley said. “Last year we had an amazing weekend, pulling off the double win with the TLX. It’s something I’ll never forget, but this year, it’s our new Acura NSX which makes its speed in different ways, and we’re hopeful of a strong showing for the home team.”
The Acura NSX earned its first top-five finishes of the year at Lime Rock Park, as Eversley partnered with Tom Dyer to place fifth in both ends of the May 27-28 SprintX doubleheader. This weekend sees the series return to its customary single-driver GT format, as the NSX GT3s driven by Eversley and Peter Kox look to keep climbing in the season standings.
“Following up our best weekend so far at Lime Rock with a double top-five, the NSX GT3 is looking to put on a good show at Road America,” said NSX GT3 Project Leader Lee Niffenegger of Honda Performance Development. “The team put together a very successful test in preparation for the event and we hope to build upon the continued improvement in front of RealTime’s home crowd. This was a great weekend for HPD and RTR last year and [the results] will be tough to beat, but we are certainly going to try!”
Kox and Eversley both got a chance to test their Acuras on the expansive Elkhart Lake layout last week, and it gave the European driver a new appreciation for the venerable course that winds through the Kettle Moraine region.
“Road America is really one of the best circuits I have seen in my career and the whole atmosphere is just enchanting. As a track it’s challenging and with really no compromise to make mistakes,” Kox reported. “We tested last week and this was quite promising, and I have the feeling we are still finding more about our Acura NSX GT3 car, which is a good thing.”
The weekend will feature the fourth and fifth rounds of the PWC GT season, and provides an excellent opportunity for both drivers to climb into the top 10 in the standings. Eversley is currently 14th in the standings, but is just four points out of a berth in the top 10, while Kox is just 10 points in arrears of his teammate.
Qualifying takes place Saturday morning at 9:35 a.m. Eastern, setting the grid for that afternoon’s 50-minute race, which takes the green flag at 5:30 Eastern. Each driver’s fastest lap time sets the starting grid for Sunday’s event, which gets underway at 10:55 a.m. Eastern Time.
Television coverage of the weekend’s events can be seen on Sunday, beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network. There will be live video streaming of Saturday’s race at www.world-challenge.com, but there will not be live video of Sunday’s race, due to the event being broadcast via same-day tape delay. Fans will still be able to monitor the Acura’s progress through live timing and scoring on the series’ website.
Video recaps from this weekend’s Acura Pirelli World Challenge racing activities at Road America 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: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
The Acura NSX GT3 race car utilizes the production NSX’s lightweight multi-material body with aluminum-intensive space frame, and is powered by a 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin-turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine. The engine uses the same design specifications as the production 2017 Acura NSX, including the block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system. The engine is paired with a 6-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox, delivering power to the rear wheels. The Acura NSX is produced at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio.