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january 11, 2019 - Acura

Acura Reveals Heritage Liveries for 2019 ARX-05 Prototypes

  • Will be the primary #acura Team Penske liveries throughout 2019 season
  • White, orange and black scheme evokes 1990s #acura prototypes
  • Comptech Acuras won three consecutive #imsa titles from 1991-93

Unveiled today, the #acura Team Penske livery for the 2019 #imsa WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature the distinctive white, orange and black colors utilized by Acura's three-time consecutive championship-winning program in #imsa prototype competition from 1991-93.

The work of #acura Executive Creative Director Dave Marek – who has been responsible for the striking liveries on numerous #acura #racing machines – the 2019 #imsa #acura Team Penske #arx05 prototypes are an updated take on the iconic design first seen on the 1991-93 Camel Lights champion Comptech #racing Spice #acura NSXs.

The design also incorporates #acura Team Penske's new partnership with ELS STUDIO 3D®, the award-winning premium audio system available in the 2019 #acura RDX. The race cars will make their on-track debut at the Jan. 26-27 Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway with a stellar driver lineup including Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud in the #6 #acura Team Penske #arx05; and Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor and Alexander Rossi in the #7 #acura #arx05.

"This is a natural look for #acura prototypes, and a salute to our #heritage as a performance brand," said Marek.  "The #acura brand was founded in 1986, and its debut in motorsports soon followed.  Today, we're proud to unveil a livery that accurately reflects our long, successful history in North American #racing – and look forward to adding new chapters to the story of #acura Precision Crafted Performance."

Race-prepared #acura Integras won two consecutive International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) International Sedan Manufacturers' Championships and three consecutive #imsa International Sedan Drivers' Championships from 1988-90.

The famous Comptech #racing Acura-Spice GTP Lights race cars, powered by a modified first-generation NSX engine, carried driver Parker Johnstone to three consecutive Drivers' Championships and #acura to three consecutive Manufacturers' Championships in the prestigious #imsa Camel GTP Lights series from 1991-93. The Comptech #acura also captured the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring in 1993. 

In addition to Johnstone, the Comptech #acura driver lineup included Wayne Taylor, father of current #acura Team Penske driver Ricky Taylor, and Steve Cameron, uncle to ATP driver Dane Cameron.

Acura has a strong presence in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with #acura Team Penske's pair of #arx05 prototypes, and a brace of #acura NSX GT3 Evo's run by Meyer Shank #racing in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.

The 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opens January 26-27 with the twice-around-the-clock Rolex 24 endurance contest at Daytona International Speedway.