The No. 93 Harrison Contracting Company Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 continued their sprint effort for the third event this season as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the TireRack.com Battle On The Bricks. Ashton Harrison and Kyle Marcelli were ready to challenge forward from a 12th-place starting position in the very competitive GTD class and bring home a result for the Racers Edge Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing Andretti Autosport team.
As the field the took the green flag for the two hour, 40-minute sprint race around the iconic Brickyard road course, Ashton Harrison piloted the No. 93 Rely On RED Acura with impressive heads up driving to avoid contact on the intense opening laps and made up four positions within the first 30 minutes. The 2.439-mile road course quickly saw lap and class traffic come into play and Harrison fell victim to contact with an LMP2 competitor in Turn 1 that led to broken suspension, ending the day early at the two-hour to go mark.
The No. 93 Harrison Contracting Company Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 team will take a short break before heading to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for the Motul Petit Le Mans on October 14, 2023.
“Unfortunately, our day is done early. I was being passed by a LMP2 car and I was going to my normal brake zone because he was far enough ahead. I am not sure what happened in the scenario other than I was on my brake and then we checked up a lot. I was on my brake hard attempting to avoid him. I tried to miss him and then when he finally came off his brake, he turned, and we made contact. I do not want to speculate other than to say, for my part, I did what I normally would have done the 15 laps earlier. Unfortunately, this lap ended differently. I am really bummed for Racers Edge Motorsports guys and everyone at Harrison Contracting Company and WTRAndretti because we had a really strong Acura. We were in eighth, up from 12th. Very bummed but we will have to regroup and get ready for Petit. We gave our absolute best this weekend. We were just about ready to pit for the driver change and have Kyle do his job. I am looking forward to being back with Kyle and Danny and finishing off the season strong.”
“A difficult end to an optimistic start at today’s two hour and 40-minute race at Indianapolis. So far this weekend, we have been pretty happy with the Acura NSX. We haven’t done a hero run in any of the practices. We have been pretty conservative with our tire strategy. But we felt really good on used tires for the long pace run and that is what we knew going into the race. At the start of the stint, Ashton did a fantastic job. I mean moving up from P12 to P8. Running a quick lap just six tenths off the fast lap overall in GTD PRO. She was showing really strong pace. The car looked competitive today in the cooler temperatures. We were all feeling excited and things were working out. We just got caught up unfortunately with the LMP2 car. Not sure what happened as I have not seen any replays. I just feel really terrible for Harrison Contracting Company, Racers Edge Motorsports and WTRAndretti. Everyone has put their heart and soul into this and just tough luck today. That’s what it was – just tough luck. As far as looking towards Petit in a few weeks, we will bring the consistency of the core group and the car, some knowledge on the Michelin tire from this weekend and we will pick up where we left off at Petit.”
About Harrison Contracting Harrison Contracting Company, Inc. (HCC) is a commercial painting and facility maintenance contracting company headquartered in Villa Rica, GA with divisional offices in Florida and Texas. HCC provides repainting/reimaging and facility maintenance services nationwide, and new construction painting across the southeastern US. At HCC, red is more than the company color, its culture. RED stands for Reliable, Experienced, and Diligent, and is the cornerstone for all we do. We are more than just your painter; we are your partner.
Racers Edge Motorsports with WTRAndretti is also proudly sponsored by Acura Motorsports and Honda Performance Development (HPD).