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Acura Team Penske to Ring NYSE Closing Bell on Friday, January 19

What:  Acura Team Penske, the newly formed two-car team scheduled to compete in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will be debuting the Acura ARX-05 DPi at the upcoming Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona (1/27-28).
Who:  Acura Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves, Three-Time Indianapolis 500 winner and Season 5 Dancing with the Stars Champion

 Acura Team Penske driver, Ricky Taylor, defending winner of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champion

IMSA President Scott Atherton

When: Friday, January 19, 2018 4:00 pm
Where: NYSE
Media opps: Live stream (starting at 3:56 pm ET) available at Photos and B-roll available upon request

Background: With 14 manufacturers involved, more than any other motorsports series in the world, the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship is seeing a resurgence in the growth of sportscar racing in America. This year's Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona, the unofficial start of the American racing season, will see 55 cars with more than 200 drivers from 16 different countries on the starting grid.

About Acura Motorsports: Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, representing the original values of the Acura brand – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.  The Acura ARX-05 (Acura Racing eXperimental, generation 5) is the latest in a line of endurance prototype race cars to be fielded by Acura dating to 1991, just five years after the 1986 launch of the Acura marque. Based on the very successful ORECA 07 chassis, the new ARX-05 prototype utilizes the race-proven AR35TT twin-turbocharged engine, based on the production 3.5-liter V-6 that powers the Acura MDX, RDX, TLX and RLX models. Honda Performance Development oversees Acura Motorsports and all Honda Racing in North America. 

About IMSA: The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) was originally founded in 1969 and owns a long and rich history in sports car racing. Today, IMSA is the sanctioning body of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the premier sports car racing series in North America. IMSA also sanctions the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda, as well as four one-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. IMSA – a company within the NASCAR family – is the exclusive strategic partner in North America with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) which operates the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The partnership enables selected IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. For more information, visit, or

About Team Penske Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 470 major race wins, over 540 pole positions and 32 Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. Over the course of its 52-year history, the team has also earned 16 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. For 2018, Team Penske will compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team also races in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, in a partnership with Dick Johnson Racing, as DJR Team Penske. For more information about Team Penske, please visit

For more information, contact:  Gregg Elkin, Director, Communications, IMSA 386.846.7385

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