Pataskala, Ohio (23 April 2019) – The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads into Round 3 of competition for the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio next weekend. Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen will combine to drive the No. 57 Caterpillar Acura NSX GT3 of Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing.
The Jackie Heinricher-led effort will enter into the first sprint format race of the IMSA season at the 2.4-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the home track for Meyer Shank Racing.
The 2018 edition of the Acura Sports Car Challenge saw Katherine Legge and teammate Alvaro Parente make a furious pursuit of the win, coming up just .191-seconds short of another winning run on board the Acura NSX GT3. Legge has four victories with MSR since the team launched the NSX GT3 program in 2017.
Heinricher Racing recently announced the addition of Mobil 1 as a partner for the Caterpillar-backed team. The esteemed brand becomes the official motor oil of the No. 57 car and its all-female driver lineup.
“We’re excited to add ExxonMobil as a sponsor as we continue to build momentum on and off the track,” said Heinricher Racing team principal, Heinricher. “Our effort continues to gain attention and we’re looking forward to getting back to the racetrack and proving our strength behind the wheel.”
The team got off to a fast start at the first two endurance events. Legge and Nielsen kicked off the season at the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona and continued at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
“I’m looking forward to going back to MSR’s and Acura’s home track and we will try to get another podium for the team in front of the awesome home crowd,” said Legge. “I’m also looking forward to partnering with Christina, she knows the track and has done a good job for us so far this year.”
Nielsen, who has been confirmed to the driver lineup for the two remaining IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup events (Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans), will add to that schedule of outings with the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio.
“I’m excited to be back with Heinricher Racing and MSR for Mid-Ohio,” said Nielsen. “The team had a strong run there last year so I am sure we will be in good hands. It’s the first of the sprint rounds so the mindset will be a bit different compared to the endurance events, but I know everything will come together smoothly.”
The Acura Sports Car Grand Prix will be on May 3-5 with NBCSN coverage of the race weekend.