INDIANAPOLIS — Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will not be taking part in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
While the team was initially planning to return to the famed event this season, upon further reflection the last few weeks and based on a couple of different factors, it decided to turn down its invite.
With the team fielding a new car, in the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with new rules and new competition, it was decided to keep focus on the job at hand.
“We were really looking forward to returning to Le Mans and I was excited about getting back behind the wheel, but we need to do what is right for the team at this present time,” explained team owner Greg Pickett. “Initially, even being able to get Michelin tires for Le Mans was a real problem. Michelin, our partner the last few years, said ‘no chance’. However, through the great efforts of Hugues de Chaunac of ORECA and the ACO, we had made some progress at the very end of the deadline period. Nothing for sure, but perhaps…We sincerely appreciated everyone’s efforts on our behalf.”
Pickett said the team still hopes to race at Le Mans in the future.
“We still have the desire to go to Le Mans, more than anything, and we hope to have the chance to in the near future, but this year, just isn’t the right time for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing,” he explained.