A Penske-Porsche Alliance in WEC and IMSA
In the World Endurance Championship as on the other side of the Atlantic, the official interests of the German manufacturer will be defended from 2023 by a new entity called Porsche Penske Motorsport. From 2023, the Porsche Penske Motorsport will be present in both WEC and IMSA, with an LMDh in gestation at Zuffenhausen and which should undergo its burn-in in December.
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“We are delighted to have been able to seal this partnership with Team Penske,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Porsche AG. For the first time in the history of Porsche Motorsport, our company will have a single team that will compete in the two biggest Endurance series in the world. For this, we will benefit from bases on both sides of the Atlantic (Zuffenhausen in Germany and Mooresville – North Carolina – in the United States. Editor’s note). This will allow us to rely on the optimal structures that we will need to win, in the general classification – in particular – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona or the 12 Hours of Sebring. ”
According to our information, it will indeed be a single team, with common key elements. A very different scheme from that adopted by Chip Ganassi Racing with Ford from 2016 to 2019. And for good reason, in WEC, the team only had Ganassi in name, the GTs being actually operated by Multimatic Engineering.
Rest assured, the future German LMDh will also be available to customers. “Not only will we keep our fingers crossed for the four factory cars we enter, but also for our customer teams,” says Dr Michael Steiner, who sits at the head of Porsche’s research and development department. Our new LMDh will also be fielded by private teams in the two championships from 2023. They will benefit from our full support and we will share with them all the information that we will glean with our official team. ”
As a reminder, Roger Penske has already been to Sarthe twice, in 1963 as a driver on a Ferrari 330 TR LM shared with Pedro Rodriguez, then in 1971 as team boss, with a Ferrari 512 M. A this position, the one we nickname The Captain has won everything, including the 24 H. of Daytona, the 12 H. of Sebring, Indy 500, Bathurst 1000, Daytona 500 and even a victory in F1, namely the edition 1976 Austrian Grand Prix with a Penske PC4-Ford driven by John Watson.