Keating goes for MEC once again

PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports will once again have Ben Keating behind the wheel at the four IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin Endurance Cup rounds.

The Texan racer is double defending MEC Championship in the LMP2 category, in addition to the overall LMP2 Championship in the 2021 season, and has chosen to combine these four IMSA rounds with his FIA WEC programme for Corvette Racing in GTE Am.

He will however be teamed up with two brand-new teammates throughout the 2023 MEC season. Scott Huffaker and Mikkel Jensen have moved on to TDS Racing, after securing both championships with Keating.

The new line-up will be Paul-Loup Chatin and Alex Quinn alongside Keating. Chating has two ELMS titles to his CV, and proves time and time again, how rapid he is onboard an ORECA 07 Gibson.

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Photo Courtesy of IMSA / Phillip Abbott

British racer Quinn has primarily raced single-seaters until now, on both sides of the Atlantic. 2018 however was a season of British GT in the GT4 category, before he stepped back into single-seaters once again in 2019-22. He will be the Silver-ranked driver onboard the car, so he will play a very important role throughout the race.

Nicolas Lapierre will join the team for the 24 Hours of Daytona. That’s the third year in a row with the Frenchman in the car. The former Toyota LMP1 works driver is mainly focussing on his COOL Racing programme in Europe, which has had big success in both ELMS and FIA WEC.

The car will continue to race in the well-known colours, which it ran with throughout the 2022 season.

It’s not yet announced, who will do the remaining sprint races in 2023.

The Rolex 24 at Daytona 2023 will be run on 28-29 January at the Daytona International Speedway, with the ROAR test being run one week earlier.

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