Motion Specific Racing has confirmed that the #48 Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R will compete for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin Endurance Cup pushed by NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson, IndyCar star Simon Pagenaud and WEC star Kamui Kobayashi.
After a second-place end on the Rolex 24 At Daytona 4 weeks in the past, the trio will enter the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, and Motul Petit Le Mans at Highway Atlanta.
“I had such a terrific expertise on the Rolex 24 At Daytona ending second within the Ally Cadillac DPi-V.R that I need to proceed and run the remainder of the IMSA lengthy occasions,” Johnson stated. “The entire expertise working with the Motion Specific Racing crew, sharing the Ally Cadillac with Simon, Kamui and Mike simply made me need to do extra racing within the sequence. The Cadillac DPi-V.R is such a terrific automotive to drive. I can’t wait to show some laps at Sebring, The Glen and Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta.
“Ally was open to the thought, so we’re committing to the remaining IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup occasions. Will probably be a busy yr including these races to my IndyCar commitments, however I’m actually trying ahead to it.
”Pagenaud is trying ahead to extra seat time within the #48 Ally Cadillac.
“That is thrilling information to be a part of the Ally Cadillac Motion Specific effort within the full IMSA endurance championship,” Pagenaud stated. “It’s so nice to have the ability to proceed to carry out in sportscars, which is the place all of it started for me and in addition put together myself even higher for my IndyCar marketing campaign with Workforce Penske. Ending second in Daytona left us with a style for extra. I’m trying ahead to being on the grid at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Highway Atlanta for the large ones with Jimmie and Kamui.”
Kobayashi is happy to study some new circuits.
“I’m excited to maintain racing with Jimmie, Simon and the Motion Specific Racing crew,” Kobayashi stated. “There will probably be some new tracks for me, however I believe I can study the brand new circuits fairly simply. I will probably be learning these new circuits on the crew movies in addition to YouTube. I’m trying ahead to working the AXR Cadillac at these new tracks. In fact, I will probably be motivated to do my greatest to rise up to hurry in a short time and work on the set-up of the automotive.
”Workforce director Gary Nelson witnessed the eagerness Jimmie Johnson has for sports activities automotive racing first-hand on the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“Everybody concerned with the Ally Cadillac program on the Rolex 24 had a terrific expertise,” Nelson stated. “I don’t assume Jimmie slept. Each time I went to the engineering stand, he was sitting there observing, watching over the shoulders of our technical employees. All the drivers contributed to a powerful second-place end. On the Rolex 24 we had been honoured to get assist from Chad Knaus and several other of the Hendrick Motorsports pit crew members. We’re excited that we’ll be getting that assist once more for the remaining Endurance occasions and respect the dedication from Rick (Hendrick). We’re trying ahead to working the automotive on the three remaining IMSA endurance races and seeing how we come out within the season-ending standings come October.
”The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring introduced by Advance Auto is about to run March 17-20 at Sebring Worldwide Raceway.