March 8, 2021 — SONOMA , Calif.
- Racers Edge Acura finishes third in both season-opening weekend races
- Compass Racing NSX GT3 Evo scores top-five result in Sunday’s GT race
The Racers Edge Motorsports #93 Acura NSX GT3 Evo launched its 2021 Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS season with a pair of hard-fought Pro/Am podium placements after two races at Sonoma Raceway Saturday and Sunday.
Racers Edge fields a new driver lineup in its Acura NSX GT3 Evo this season, as Taylor Hagler climbs from Touring Car to GT competition, and was joined at the opening weekend by former US F4 champion Dakota Dickerson. Both drivers also are graduates of last year’s inaugural Honda Performance Development GT3 Academy, HPD’s program to assist young drivers advance their sports car racing careers, run in conjunction with Racers Edge Motorsports.
The Florida squad is joined in the Acura stable by Compass Racing, which will campaign an NSX GT3 Evo for the first time with 2021 IMSA GTD champion Matt McMurry and Mexico’s Rodrigo Sales behind the wheel.
Both Acura teams had moments in the sun in Saturday’s opener as Racers Edge ran as second during the first half of the race before settling for third after a tough battle between Dickerson’s NSX and veteran Ryan Dalziel’s Mercedes- AMG .
The battle ended more abruptly for the Compass Racing machine, but was no less promising for the #77 NSX . McMurry emerged from the mandatory driver change with the lead in the Pro/Am class, but his time at the front ended after just six turns as a left-rear wheel came off the car and left him stranded.
The team rebounded well in Sunday’s nightcap, with McMurry and Sales finishing a solid fifth in class despite having to make an extra pit stop early in the race. Dickerson and Hagler came home in third again, just five seconds behind the opening-race winning Porsche 911 GT-R . The team leaves the opening weekend second in the provisional Pro/Am points lead on the strength of the double podium finishes.
Acura Racing social media content and video links from this weekend’s event at Sonoma Raceway are available on Instagram (www.instagram.com/hondaracing_hpd), Twitter (www.twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD).
Taylor Hagler (#93 Racers Edge Acura NSX GT3 Evo) finished third in GT Pro/Am both Saturday and Sunday: “There were a lot of firsts for me this weekend: my first GT3 race, first time being the finishing driver in a race, and first double podium! I am so thankful to the Racers Edge team, our GT3 coach Ryan Eversley, and my awesome co-driver Dakota [Dickerson]. I am so happy!”
Matt McMurry (#77 Compass Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) finished fifth in GT Pro/Am in Sunday’s race: “We clawed our way back to fifth place after an unexpected extra pit stop today. We’ll come back much stronger for the next race at Circuit of the Americas.”
Dakota Dickerson (#93 Racers Edge Acura NSX GT3 Evo) following Saturday’s opening-race third-place Pro/Am finish: “We snagged a podium finish today in the Pro/Am class! It was an awesome first race in GT3 for myself and Taylor [Hagler]. A huge thank you to the team and HPD for the support.”
The Acura NSX GT3 teams will head to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for Rounds 3 & 4 on April 30 – May 2
Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS Sonoma Saturday Race Results3rd Pro/Am – #93 Taylor Hagler and Dakota Dickerson, Racers Edge Acura NSX GT3 Evo NC Pro/Am – #77 Rodrigo Sales and Matt McMurry, Compass Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo
Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS Sonoma Sunday Race Results3rd Pro/Am – #93 Taylor Hagler and Dakota Dickerson, Racers Edge Acura NSX GT3 Evo 5th Pro/Am – #77 Rodrigo Sales and Matt McMurry, Compass Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo