Mario Farnbacher and Trent Hindman will contest the full 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season in the second Acura NSX GT3 Evo from Meyer Shank Racing.
Joining the all-female lineup of Jackie Heinricher and Katherine Legge of the No. 57 Acura, Farnbacher and Hindman will share driving duties in the Ohio-based team’s No. 86 entry next year.
Farnbacher served as Legge’s teammate in the championship-contending No. 86 car at Detroit’s Belle Isle, Lime Rock Park and Virginia International Raceway while her regular co-driver Alvaro Parente tended to other racing commitments. The Detroit round culminated in the GT Daytona victory for Farnbacher and Legge.
Hindman contested the four endurance races with Michael Shank’s team this year and will step up to his first full-season campaign in the WeatherTech Championship. He aided in capturing second-place finishes at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Motul Petit Le Mans.
Justin Marks will step into the No. 86 with Hindman and Farnbacher for the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds throughout 2019 while AJ Allmendinger will be aboard for the season-opening 24-hour race.
“There’s a sense of ease having both of our cars go full-season from the start,” team co-owner Shank said. “Both Mario (Farnbacher) and Trent (Hindman) really impressed me last year. Being a third driver is a difficult thing and they both knocked it out of the park so I’m happy to have them come back for the full season.
“It’s also great to have Justin (Marks) back for the endurance races and of course I am always honored to have AJ (Allmendinger) race in my cars. He’s part of the MSR family and we will always have a seat ready for him.”
The dual Acura program will turn its first 2019 laps Jan. 4–6 during the Roar Before the Rolex 24.