When Honda announced their motorsports activities for the 2021 season, the number 34 Honda NSX GT3 Evo of Drago Corse had been missing from the list of GT300 class entries for the upcoming Autobacs Super GT Series.
But after losing Modulo as a title sponsor in the offseason, Drago Corse have found the backing they needed to secure their return to the 2021 Super GT field – as it was announced on Monday that Yogibo Drago Corse will field the #34 NSX GT3 for Honda racing legend Ryo Michigami, joined by new teammate and GT300 veteran, Shogo Mitsuyama.
Michigami, the first driver to win a GT500 Championship for Honda in 2000, is entering his fourth season as a GT300 owner/driver. After scoring one podium finish in each of his first two seasons with Drago Corse, Michigami and co-driver Jake Parsons endured a difficult season in 2020: Finishing in the top ten only three times, with a best finish of 7th at the 9 August race at Fuji Speedway.
The long-time Honda ace was already committed to returning to his role as president and manager of Drago Corse in the Super Formula Championship, where he will field a car for second-year driver Tatiana Calderón.
There’s more going on behind the scenes as well, beyond the team’s new blue livery and title sponsor: Misato Haga, the first woman to manage a championship-winning team in Super GT history, has been appointed as Team Director of Yogibo Drago Corse – her first involvement in motorsport in thirteen years.
Haga first came to prominence as the President and CEO of the ambitious, yet short-lived Direxiv Motorsport team from 2005 until their premature closure in the middle of the 2006 racing season. In 2008, she served as Team Director for MOLA International, who won the GT300 Championship with drivers Kazuki Hoshino and Hironobu Yasuda.
44-year-old Shogo Mitsuyama replaces Parsons as Michigami’s co-driver, making his first Super GT appearance since 2017, and running full-time for the first time since 2016. Mitsuyama was the runner-up in the 2002 GT300 Drivers’ Championship. He was also part of the Direxiv team during their brief lifespan. In fact, he and Nobuteru Taniguchi were fighting for the 2006 GT300 title in Direxiv’s Vemac RD320R, until the team was forced to shut its doors after the Suzuka 1000km – after which, the assets of the team were bought up by R&D Sport, and Mitsuyama finished the year 3rd in points alongside Taniguchi.
The team will continue to use Yokohama tyres this season, and Jung Young Hoon will continue in his role as Chief Engineer.