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#60 Meyer Shank Racing w/ Curb Agajanian Acura ARX-06: Tom Blomqvist, Colin Braun, Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud
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IMSA Daytona 24 Hours
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How MSR took Acura to the first win of sportscar racing's new era

After much anticipation, the new dawn for sportscar racing got underway with a result that mirrored the pattern of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's previous DPi era. Here's how Acura once again took top honours in the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a 1-2 led by Meyer Shank Racing.

A new era and new cars, yet the result was the same. Acura and Meyer Shank Racing reprised its 2022 Rolex 24 at Daytona victory in the first race for the latest breed of LMDh prototypes. And just like 12 months ago, Shank took what on the stopwatch at least looked like a narrow triumph over marque stablemate Wayne Taylor Racing.

But unlike last year's IMSA series-opener, Shank had the fastest car throughout last weekend's 24 Hours, not just in the crucial laps as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship curtain-raiser drew to an end. The team's new ARX-06 had a clear edge over Cadillac, the other manufacturer to get through the duration without major technical issues, and also those that didn't: Porsche and BMW.

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