Pataskala, Ohio (20 September 2020) – After early damage resulted in a hard-earned seventh place finish at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta last month, Heinricher Racing is refocusing on climbing the points standings over the final five events of the 2020 season. That starts this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Sunday, 2:05pm ET, TRACKPASS).
Currently in the top 10 in points for the GTD championship, Heinricher Racing is in a closely packed field where execution in the remaining races becomes paramount.
“We have had a couple of tough races this year with car damage and a DNF,” said team owner Jackie Heinricher. “Those missteps have us lower in the point standings than expected but the competition is very tight with only 30 points currently separating the top 10 in the championship. We’re focusing on these final five races as a mini-season that we want to win.”
Alvaro Parente and Misha Goikhberg will be back in the No. 57 Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 for the two-hour, 40-minute event on Sunday.
The previous IMSA event saw an incredible drive by Parente, Goikhberg and endurance driver Trent Hindman despite racing almost five hours of the six-hour race without a hood. Despite what could have been race-ending damage, the Heinricher Racing team and drivers pulled off an impressive comeback finish in seventh.
It’s been several years since Goikhberg competed at Mid-Ohio in IMSA competition, and this weekend will mark his GT debut at the 2.258-mile course. His two previous outings were onboard powerful Trans Am machinery, yielding two top-10 finishes.
“I’m looking forward to getting back with the team and getting that result that I know we are capable of,” said Goikhberg. “Mid-Ohio is a really tricky track but I’m really looking forward to getting out there with the Acura NSX GT3. The team has performed well there the last two years, so I know that we have some good data and feedback that will be useful for us to pull off a good result.”
Parente made his IMSA Mid-Ohio debut in 2018 onboard the Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 and drove to a second-place finish with teammate Katherine Legge. Parente has scored two victories at Mid-Ohio in SRO competition and is now hoping to give Heinricher Racing its first victory.
“I really love racing at Mid-Ohio,” said Parente. “I know that the Acura was strong at Mid-Ohio before the Evo updates, and from what I’ve heard from the team, the car will be even stronger there with some of the new aero changes. I’m really hoping we can get a strong result this weekend. Our pace is there, we just need to put all the pieces together to have a good finish.”
The Acura Sports Car Challenge is set for Sunday at 2:05pm ET. The race will be featured on TRACKPASS by NBC Sports Gold, with additional coverage on SiriusXM Ch. 205.