Starting the motorsport season with the Daytona 24-hour race, has become a tradition for Mario Farnbacher. However, one thing was different in 2023: In addition to participation in the endurance classic in Florida, a guest appearance within the TCR scene was also on the agenda.
Title win in GT World Challenge America
Together with Ashton Harrison and Christina Nielsen, Mario Farnbacher was on the grid for the GT World Challenge America season’s last race. Venue for the eight-hour race and showdown for the championship final was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In the end, the Racers Edge Motorsports trio ranked third in the race and thus clinched the…
Overwhelmed by win at Petit Le Mans
Mario Farnbacher and teammates Kyffin Simpson and Till Bechtolsheimer were at the start of the Petit Le Mans on the Road Atlanta. The Acura works driver was behind the wheel of the NSX GT3 for Team Gradient Racing again and fighting for a win of the 10-hour-race in the US state of Georgia. In the…
Win on Saturday, setback on Sunday
Together with Racers Edge Motorsports and his team colleague Ashton Harrison, Mario Farnbacher headed to the penultimate round of the GT World Challenge America at Sebring. Only a few points separated the two Acura drivers from the championship lead before the event in Florida and ambitions were accordingly high. Sadly, a problem with the brakes thwarted…
Farnbacher celebrates a double win at Road America
Mario Farnbacher competed in the fifth round of the GT World Challenge America from 19to 21 August. The Acura works driver stood on the grid of the highly traditional race circuit Road America in Wisconsin together with Ashton Harrison and Racers Edge Motorsports and the duo clinched two wins in the Pro-Am category.
Podium for Mario Farnbacher in Watkins Glen
Together with Racers Edge Motorsports and Ashton Harrison, Mario Farnbacher was at the start of the GT World Challenge America’s fourth weekend from 22 to 24 July. Ranking third in the standings, the Acura works driver travelled to Watkins Glen with his teammate and focused on making a good points haul. Despite a few complications, the…
Lacklustre weekend in Virginia
Mario Farnbacher was on the road in Virginia from 17 to 19 June. The 30-year-old was competing in the season’s fifth and sixth races against around 20 GT3 opponents, aiming to collect further points in the third event of the GT World Challenge America. Together with Racers Edge Motorsports and team colleague Ashton Harrison, he was…
Two races, two podiums: Successful performance in Louisiana
Five weeks after the Sonoma season-opener, Mario Farnbacher travelled to the NOLA Motorsports Park in Louisiana for the second round of the GT World Challenge America. Together with Racers Edge Motorsports and team colleague Ashton Harrison, the Acura works driver was able to celebrate two podiums. Originally, the race had been scheduled at the Ozark…
Motorsport is in Mario’s blood – and just like his father and brother, he is living his passion.
Already at the age of six, he appeared at the karting tracks, and it didn’t take long for him to claim the first successes. Competing in the Bambini Class, he celebrated victories and titles in Bavaria before he also left a remaining impression in the Junior Classes in 2005.
With ambition and discipline, the highly talented race driver made his way up, and over the years, he proved to be a serious and tough rival for his opponents. The Franconian proved his skills in various racing series – including the ADAC GT Masters, the Nürburgring Endurance Series (formerly VLN) and the International GT Open.
In 2014, he competed in America, where he was to celebrate his greatest sporting triumphs in the years that ensued. Following the season with Alex Job Racing and Porsche in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, he switched to Mercedes-AMG in 2017. Together with Riley Motorsport, Mario celebrated his first title in the Michelin Endurance Cup.
With Acura, more championship titles rolled in from 2018 onwards. After starting out with a few selected races, the Ansbach native established himself as a regular driver in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2019. What then followed were two successful years with Meyer Shank Racing, in which Mario was crowned champion twice in the GTD class.
2020 was also successful for him, with Meyer Shank Racing securing the IMSA Sports Car Championship in the GTD class.
In 2022, he won the ProAm class title in the Fanatec Pirelli World Challenge America in the Racers Edge Motorsport Acura NSX GT3.
Steckbrief Mario Farnbacher
Date of Birth: 14th May 1992
Place of Birth: Ansbach
Marital Status: single
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 73 kg
Education: qualified Secondary School
Profession: Race driver & CEO Autohaus Farnbacher
Hobbies: Snowboard, CrossFit, Music and Friends
» Champion (ProAm class) Fanatec Pirelli World Challenge America (Acura)
» Champion (GTD class) IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Acura)
» Champion (GTD class) IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Acura)
» Intercontinental GT Challenge (Honda)
» IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Acura)
» IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Mercedes-AMG)
» Champion (GTD class) IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup
» International GT Open (Lexus)
2015 – 2016
» IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (Porsche)
» VLN Nürburgring (Lexus)
» 10th place (GTD class) TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
» Victory 12H Sebring
2012 – 2013
» ADAC GT Masters
» ADAC Formula Masters – 6th place overall
» Scholarship ADAC and Deutsche Post Speed Academy
» ADAC Formula Masters – 3rd place overall / Rookie of the Year
1998 – 2009
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship offers sports car racing at the highest level. The series was created in 2013 from the merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Sports Car Series and forms the highest American sports car series. The series includes several Sprint and Endurance races, held on different racetracks in North America.
In 2023, Mario participates in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Together with Marc Miller, Sheena Monk and Katherine Legge, he drives Gradient Racing’s Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 #66.
|28/01/2023||Rolex 24 At Daytona|
GT World Challenge America
Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS is the premier North American GT series contributing to the global GT World Challenge championship. The best race tracks from Sonoma to Indianapolis will host GT3 races at the highest level in the 2023 season. The race weekends will feature 90-minute double-header heats for thrilling motorsport.
In 2023, Mario will compete in the GT World Challenge America together with Ashton Harrison. Both will be behind the wheel of the Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 #93.
|30/04/2023||NOLA Motorsports Park|
|21/05/2023||Circuit of The Americas|
|18/06/2023||VIRginia International Raceway|
|24/09/2023||Sebring International Raceway|
|07/10/2023||Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
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