PR1/Mathiasen Tabs Patrick Kelly

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PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports has hired Patrick Kelly as the team's second full-time driver.
PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports has hired Patrick Kelly as the team's second full-time driver.

SEBRING, Fla. – PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports has hired Patrick Kelly will serve as the team’s second full-time driver in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this year.

Kelly will co-pilot the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 alongside Spencer Pigot this weekend at Sebring Int’l Raceway. Pigot is driving in place of the team’s second full-time driver, Simon Trummer, who is unable to attend the event due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions.

Kelly had a strong debut with the team last year at the IMSA Road Race Challenge at Road America. After a nine-year racing hiatus, the 52-year-old driver contributed to the fourth consecutive win for PR1/Mathiasen during the 2019 LMP2 season.

“After a long time out of a race car I’m very excited to return,” Kelly said. “I am looking forward to a great season”

Pigot will be making his IMSA LMP2 debut this weekend, but he is no stranger to the bumpy 3.74-mile track. The Californian has competed in the 12-hour event at Sebring three times driving for Mazda in the prototype class.

“I’m really looking forward to joining PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports this weekend in Sebring,” said Pigot. “I’ve seen their name in many different series over the years winning races and championships so it will be great to be part of the team. It will be a challenging event with how condensed the schedule is and how hot it will be, we aren’t used to running at Sebring this time of year. I’m excited to be co-driving with Patrick and together with the rest of the team hopefully we can have a strong race.”