Returning directly from the legendary Total 24 Hours of Spa to the US, Mario Farnbacher barely has time to take a breather. Together with his team Meyer Shank Racing, the Acura driver will be competing from 2 to 4 August at the challenging Road America. Championship leaders Farnbacher and teammate Trent Hindman have a top priority – extending the lead and maintaining the success series of four consecutive podiums.
“After the successful, but exhausting 24-hour race in Spa, I now have to return my focus to the US and the upcoming event. At the moment, we’re leading the championship and the previous races saw us standing on the podium, so we’d like to keep it that way”, said Farnbacher in light of the coming weekend.
Ansbach-born Farnbacher still has a score to settle with the Elkhart Lake circuit in Wisconsin, where he’s raced several times but without a big success. Driving a Porsche with team colleague Alex Riberas back in 2016, he secured pole position, however a technical issue and a penalty prevented a top result. The Franconian experienced a similar disappointment in 2015 and the year before he ranked sixth in the GTD class.
“Progress at the Road America often didn’t go as planned in the past”, said the 27-year-old, looking back. “This season we’re well on track though and if we can manage a flawless race, then a top result is definitely possible.”
The seventh round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season starts on Sunday, 4 August at 14:35 local time (21:35 CEST) and lasts 2:40 hours. Official live stream and live timing services are available on the IMSA website free of charge.