DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports has announced an expansion of its operations in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The organization will add a new LMP2 ORECA 07, doubling up its LMP2 team, and will also adding a new LMP3 entry into the IMSA Prototype Challenge as well.
The new LMP2 chassis by ORECA will be used for a testing program in 2019, with the possibility of having an entry later in the year. The long-term plan is for a full 2020 season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
This news shows promise for the future of the LMP2 category, which currently only has two full-season entries.
In addition, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports has always been known for bringing up-and-coming drivers through its ranks and they now believe a junior team in the LMP3 category will be a great place to foster that talent.
A testament to their efforts in this area is current drivers Matt McMurry and Gabriel Aubry, who posted the fastest lap time in the LMP2 class at the Roar Before the Rolex 24.
The pair, joined by Mark Kvamme and Enzo Guibbert, had a strong outing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona despite a racing incident by Kvamme early in the race that put them out of contention for the podium.
“This is an exciting time here at PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports and within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as well. We are happy with the results we have been seeing and hope to continue seeing success with the new ORECA 07 chassis,” said team principal Bobby Oergel. We are also proud of the opportunities we have been able to provide to up-and-coming talent which is what led us to enter a car in the IMSA Prototype Challenge category.
“Sebring will be a busy weekend for us and we are looking forward to it.”