A Little Acura History
On The day that Acura announces its return to sports car racing,
in the 2007 ALMS, Martin Spetz forwards these two images
from a previous IMSA / Acura era.
The first image
is of the Parker Johnstone / Dan Marvin Acura Spice at Road Atlanta
in April 1992, when the car sat on the IMSA Lights pole, set the
fastest race lap, and won the class – ahead of the Scandia
Buick Kudzus of Andy Evans / Fermin Velez and Tommy Riggins / Charles
In 1991, Parker Johnstone had taken class honours
at the end of the season – in fact three races before the
end. 1992 saw him triumph again, but by a much smaller margin. The
CompTech BF Goodrich Acura team had started ’92 with a class
win at the Rolex 24, then won three of the next four, including
the aforementioned Road Atlanta, but the second half of the season
was hotly contested, with the Scandia cars taking two 1-2s. The
Acuras came back with wins at Watkins Glen and Laguna Seca (none
other than Wayne Taylor sharing the win), with Johnstone and Marvin
taking honours at Portland at Phoenix – and finishing up with
second at Del Mar, to take the crown. Johnstone secured the pole
at every race, and Acura won the manufacturers’ title by just
six points, from Buick.
So that was 1992 – and 15 years later, the
Acura name will be back.
a classic season, although it did introduce the WSCs (and the Ferrari
333SP), and there has been a natural evolution from that point to
the LMP1s and 2s of the modern era. The IMSA name died with the
GTPs, but even that has returned.
second image shows the winning Acura Spice at Sebring in 1993, driven
by Johnstone, Marvin and Melgrati. Johnstone and Marvin won almost
everything that year – and here we are looking at the return
of Acura in less than 12 months’ time. Jon Field must be rubbing
his hands with glee at the opportunity to take another manufacturer