Team Penske gets new Porsche deal

Porsche has got more details set, regarding their future in sportscar racing.

The German brand has signed a new deal with Team Penske, who will run the LMDh programme in both IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The collaboration will be named Porsche Penske Motorsport, and will two cars in both series. If that means four cars at Le Mans, time will tell.

Team Penske was previously a part of Porsche from 2006 to 2008, where they ran the Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 programme in the American Le Mans Series, where they won the title, all three seasons. The two parties ran together in the 1970s too, with Penske running with Porsche 917 cars in the Can-Am series.

Team Penske most recently, ran an exclusive Acura DPi deal in the IMSA series from 2018/2020.

Porsche LMDh concept
Graphics: Porsche Motorsport

The Porsche programme won’t be exclusive, since cars will be sold to private teams already from 2023 too – but this programme will be the official Porsche works team.

Audi Sport revealed to be working together with Porsche, in the development of their LMDh programmes, but without naming their partner teams.

Acura/Honda has also announced an LMDh programme for the future, with the new category being based on the brand new LMP2 chassis. But everybody will be allowed to run their own bodywork/styling, and their own engine, so there will be both visual and audible differences between the cars. More programmes from other manufactures are expected to be announced during the coming months.

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