INDIANAPOLIS – Muscle Milk Pickett Racing has turned to ORECA to lead its effort in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
In addition to a world-class winning car, the team will be counting on its same championship winning driver pairing for its No. 6 Muscle Milk ORECA/Nissan prototype entry with Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr both returning full-time to the team.
The Muscle Milk squad will be the first one to campaign an ORECA 03 LMP2 car powered by Nissan full time in the United States. Since its debut in competition in 2011, the ORECA 03 has currently won on 18 occasions in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series, including 10 in 13 races this past season.
“This is an exciting time for us at Muscle Milk Pickett Racing as we welcome ORECA as our new partner,” said team owner Greg Pickett. “After winning the last two P1 championships in the American Le Mans Series, it was important for us to choose a partner for our new adventure into the TUDOR Championship that can help us continue, and build on, the success we’ve known so far.”
As an organization, ORECA has won over 40 national and international titles and scored more than 350 victories. It has also participated 19 times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and won both the 12 Hours of Sebring as well as the 24 Hours of Daytona.
It will be the first time that both Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr pilot an ORECA P2 prototype with Luhr having experience with the Nissan engine. The German duo will be looking to continue in the TUDOR Championship the success that Pickett Racing has known the last few years in the American Le Mans Series.
Graf and Luhr have been one of the strongest pairings of late. Since being paired aboard a Muscle Milk car, the pair has finished on the podium 23 times, including 18 wins in 28 starts. They’ve also combined to start on pole 13 times. Not to mention two Championships together, with Luhr being the most prized ALMS driver with 49 career wins and six championships.
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will be making its on track debut with its new race car at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona Int’l Speedway Jan. 3-5, 2014.