PATASKALA, Ohio — After wrapping up the 2022 season with a championship to close out IMSA’s DPi era, Meyer Shank Racing had to replace the departing Oliver Jarvis. Friday morning, the team announced that Colin Braun, a former MSR driver and LMP3 champion, will fill the seat for the new LMDh class in 2023.
Braun will make his return to the MSR squad having raced for the team in the 2009 Rolex 24. Braun and MSR also partnered in 2013 to set a speed record at Daytona International Speedway onboard MSR’s Daytona Prototype by posting a 222.971 mph lap.
Braun not only brings a championship-winning attitude and an understanding of Meyer Shank Racing, but a wealth of racing knowledge. Braun has raced in several different types of racing machinery – everything from stock cars, trucks, GT cars and prototypes. Plus, he brings multiple race wins at North America’s premier events – the Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
“I am incredibly excited to be joining Meyer Shank Racing for the 2023 season,” Braun said in a team release. “MSR were tough competitors back in my Grand-Am days and setting the Daytona speed record with them was really special. Seeing what Mike (Shank) has built from the outside has always been impressive. You can see the passion the entire team has for racing and their drive to win is really motivating.”
Braun will be entering a new chapter of prototype competition with the introduction of the all-new Acura ARX-06 LMDh car fin 2023. He is eager for the new challenge and will look to teammate Blomqvist for his knowledge following an extensive test program with the all-new Acura hybrid machine
“MSR had a terrific season in 2022 and I know expectations are high to deliver, but I am ready for the challenge,” Braun said. “I’m also looking forward to co-driving with Tom. His experience on the electric side of racing will be a huge boost for us. I am ready to get to work and to once again compete in IMSA’s top class for wins and championships in the Acura GTP car!”