Still working to return as a full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entrant with two Acura NSX GT3s in 2019, Meyer Shank Racing has confirmed one of its entries for next year with an all-female driver lineup.
Jackie Heinricher, a U.S. Air Force veteran and the first woman to compete in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America, will pair with Katherine Legge in the No. 57 Acura for the full GT Daytona season. Coming aboard for the quartet of Michelin Endurance Cup rounds will be former IndyCar Series drivers Ana Beatriz and Simona de Silvestro.
While four-time Indianapolis 500 starter Beatriz will race at Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Road Atlanta, de Silvestro will bring her experience to only the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona as the fourth driver in the car.
Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, engines and other industrial hardware, will be featured as the entry’s primary sponsor. Along with the car’s number, the CAT partnership is something Heinricher will bring to the WeatherTech Championship from her previous racing endeavors.
“My vision has long been to bring together a diverse team of four female drivers, some of the fastest globally, to join forces to compete together and with the support of CAT, I get to see my long-held vision become reality,” Heinricher said.
Beyond the North American effort, the team aims to contest the 87th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2019. It will start its work, however, at Daytona in January.