MSR brings defending Champions to Daytona

Meyer Shank Racing will run three of the defending Rolex 24 at Daytona Champions, when the team starts 2023 at the very same track.

Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud plus Tom Blomqvist are all confirmed for the classic race.

The MSR team won the 24 hours race back in January 2023, where Castroneves, Pagenaud and Blomqvist were joined by Oliver Jarvis as the fourth driver. The Englishman is not yet confirmed for the team, which could be related to the date clashes with the FIA World Endurance Championship schedule for the upcoming season. There are clashes between Sebring FIA WEC and IMSA, plus WEC Portimao/IMSA Long Beach, and WEC Monza/IMSA Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Sebring wasn’t an issue this year, but it does still take a bit of focus, when the drivers have to jump from one car to another.

Meyer Shank Racing Acura #60
Photo Courtesy of IMSA / Michael L. Levitt

The 2022 season was an amazing year for the team. Not only did they win Daytona, but they also finished the season off with the Petit Le Mans win at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. On top of that, they won both the overall DPi full-season Championship, and the Michelin Endurance Cup , which consists of four endurance races. Castroneves was a big part of that, racing next to Jarvis and Blomqvist. He wasn’t joint champion, since his Indycar commitment to the team prevented him from racing at Sebring, and Watkins Glen was a two-driver race only.

The 2023 season will be the first with the brand new LMDh cars, with the team, already starting the testing programme in the days post Petit Le Mans, with the brand new Acura ARX-06 LMDh.

The team will announce the full-season driver next to Blomqvist in the near future.

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