WTRAndretti adds second electrified Acura ARX-06 prototype to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, to debut in the 2024 Rolex 24 at Daytona
Acura Motorsports today confirmed Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport will run a second, electrified Acura ARX-06 prototype sports car in the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, starting with the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
Acura Motorsports and its performance arm, Honda Performance Development (HPD), developed the new Acura ARX-06 GTP effort for 2023, alongside the efforts of chassis constructor ORECA and a pair of IMSA championship-winning teams: Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport and Meyer Shank Racing.
Acura is a three-time series champion in the former Daytona Prototype International (DPi) category since joining the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018, claiming the Manufacturers’, Drivers’ and Teams’ DPi titles in 2019, 2020 and again in 2022, the final season of the DPi era. Acura’s GTP debut in January 2023 resulted in an historic 1-2 finish for the manufacturer.
“The strength and depth of Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport, throughout their organization, has impressed us right from the start of our partnership in 2021,” said David Salters, HPD President and Technical Director. “That has continued through the development of the new, hybrid Acura ARX-06 GTP car. This is a very complex car, yet everyone at WTRAndretti has risen to the challenge. Our partnership with them has been very rewarding and we look forward to their continuing as a works factory Acura effort with the addition of a second IMSA entry in 2024.”
“It has always been our plan to go to a two-car program,” said Wayne Taylor, Team Owner, Wayne Taylor Racing with Andre Autosport. “There are so many advantages in being a two-car team and now, going up against all the other factory backed two-car efforts, it is vital. HPD and ORECA have built an amazing race car. When you look back at the season so far, we’ve proved to be quickest almost wherever we go and I believe we now have the car to beat. With the combination of HPD, ORECA, Andre Autosport and all our corporate partners, we have a really strong organization.”
WTRAndretti’s impressive record includes two IMSA driver championships (2013, 2017), back-to-back IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Championships (2021, 2020), numerous endurance wins which has contributed to nine IMSA Manufacturer Championships for Acura and other manufacturers.
Driver line ups for the WTRAndretti GTP two-car program will be announced in the coming months. WTRAndretti also plans to continue to compete with the No. 93 Harrison Contracting Company Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 in the GTD class in 2024.
In addition to sweeping all three major IMSA prototype titles in 2019, 2020 and 2022 – for Manufacturers’, Drivers’ and Teams – Acura has won the last three Rolex 24s at Daytona, including a 1-2 finish for the manufacturer in both 2022 and 2023.