New Year, New Season IMSA PC at the Roar Before the Rolex 24
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2018) – Performance Tech Motorsports kicks off 2018 with the inaugural Scouts of America Race during the Roar Before the Rolex 24.
Consistency is much needed in racing; whether it be for a driver on track or a mechanic with a car. Performance Tech has a history of consistency in the IMSA Prototype Challenge series with championship titles and race wins. This year, the team will find a new balance of stability as it navigates the new endurance race format.
The Roar Before the 24 is the first IMSA Prototype Challenge endurance race. Each event weekend the field will take to the track for an hour and 45-minute race rather than hosting two 45-minute sprint races. This brings new challenges to car setup, pit stops and race strategy.
Race strategy will look different across the field as some cars may now be split by two drivers. None of Performance Tech’s five drivers have selected to share their time behind the wheel.
In addition to the new year and new format, a few new faces have been added to the Performance Tech lineup. Cameron Cassels will be driving a Ligier LMP3, and Wyatt Schwab will join the MPC class. Returning from last year’s lineup is Dr. Robert Masson, Stephen Dawes and Howard Jacobs – all MPC drivers.
Team Principal Brent O’Neill thinks the new variables will make the series exciting for fans and his team. With all the changes, he is most looking forward to seeing where his team stacks up at Daytona.
“We aren’t going into this with any benchmark,” O’Neill said. “It’s a clean slate with all of the changes. It’s different because some guys will be splitting time with other drivers when our guys won’t be. It changes their mindset because they’ll be in the car for almost two hours. But I think our guys will surprise people.
“I think Cameron is going to be fast right away. Dr. Masson is faster. Stephen and Howard have really stepped up their game. Wyatt is going to surprise people with how well he handles the MPC. I think everyone is ready to go. But we will see where we are after Daytona.”
The IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda race will be the only race of the weekend but not the only series on track. The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as well as the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, will be at the Roar testing as is typical for the event. The Performance Tech Prototype will make its first appearance at an IMSA sanctioned test.
Race One of the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series takes place Saturday, Jan. 7 at 1:25 p.m. EST. The field qualifies at 9 a.m. the same day with practice taking place Friday, Jan. 6 at 9 a.m. and again at 1:15 p.m. Fans can use scoring.imsa.com or @IMSALive on Twitter to follow race progress. The race broadcast will air on a later date in February on FOX Sports 2.
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