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Meyer Shank Antagonism has completed its aboriginal analysis with the Acura ARX-05 and the team’s Rolex 24 mainstay AJ Allmendinger accepted he bare to adapt afterwards active a DPi car.

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On the aback of a additional after championship-winning division in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona class, MSR hit Daytona International Speedway for the aboriginal time with the Acura ARX-05 with which it will argue for Prototype ceremoniousness in 2021.

The ARX-05s, in Aggregation Penske’s hands, accept won the aftermost two IMSA Prototype titles, Dane Cameron and Juan Montoya acceptable in 2019, Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor absolute the acme this year.

The two Acura DPis will abutting year be run by Meyer Shank Antagonism and Wayne Taylor Racing, with MSR’s agency absolute Cameron, who knows the car able-bodied from the aftermost three years, forth with Olivier Pla, as the full-timers. The third disciplinarian for the four Michelin Endurance Cup circuit will be Montoya – who additionally knows the ARX-05 carefully – while the fourth man for the Rolex 24 is Allmendinger.

Hollister, CA-born Allmendinger has been allotment of MSR’s Daytona agency aback 2006, missing alone one year. The aerial point was of advance 2012, aback he clinched all-embracing achievement forth with Justin Wilson, Ozz Negri and John Pew.

Having raced NASCAR and IMSA GTD over the accomplished several years, Allmendinger accepted that dispatch aback into a Prototype was a ability shock.

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“The aboriginal run for me was about like re-living the aboriginal time that I got in a Champ Car,” he said. “The aboriginal time I hit the burke it shoved me aback in my bench and it was again that I accomplished how quick the car actually was.

“The braking and the downforce took me some time to get acclimated to. You anchor so late, that you accept to aloof assurance the anchor that the car has and that it is activity to stick. It’s actually a able racecar that you can advance the corners with.

“You can’t actually analyze the car to the aftermost Prototype I collection because that was four years ago. It’s aloof such a big aberration in speed.

“But I’m actually aflame for the Rolex, it will be my 15th time antagonism the 24 with Shank.” 

Cameron, acclimatized his acquaintance of the ARX-05, served as babysitter for Allmendinger and Pla in the two-day test.

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“The [MSR] guys accept done a abundant job with the car acclimatized the abbreviate turnaround from aback they acclimatized it and got it in action to test,” said the backstab IMSA Prototype champ. “We more or beneath went through aggregate and we covered a lot of ground.

“Balance-wise, aggregate was acceptable and abutting to area we bare to be. We did some acceptable procedural contest to lay the background for what will be a animated Roar [Before the 24] with the condoning race.

“The analysis has been a acceptable adventitious for anybody to get in the car. AJ did a actually abundant job and got up to acceleration absolute quick. I’ve been adequate putting the abecedary hat on, and it’s accelerated the action for us for sure.”

Pla, who was allotment of the agency that won MSR its final Prototype win – 2016 Petit Le Mans – before affective beyond to the GTD class, accepted the aboriginal adventitious to get acclimatized to his 2021 mount.

“It was a actual absolute analysis and it all went actual able-bodied because it was the aboriginal time the aggregation has run the car,” he said. “The Acura wasn’t too altered from what I am acclimated to.

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“We acclimated the analysis to apprentice all of the systems, buttons and action so that aback the architect tells you to change article you apperceive how to do it. I’d say that accepting acclimated to the absorption ascendancy and braking was a focus for me.

“We did await on Dane a lot aback he knows the car so well. There actually isn’t a bigger being to assignment with and it’s been nice to account from his experience.”

Team co-owner Michael Shank, remarked: “It was actually the appropriate accommodation for us to do this test. The two canicule that we were in Daytona were all about acquirements the car and accepting the drivers and engineers adequate and accustomed with it.

“Having Dane actuality has been a abundant ability for anybody aback he has three years of acquaintance with the car. He has actually set the accent this anniversary and he fits in abundant with the team.” 

MSR again headed aback to its Pataskala, OH. abject to activate affairs for the Roar Before the 24 on January 22-24. The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is set for the afterward weekend, January 27-31. 

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