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PR1/MATHIASEN MOTORSPORTS TO REPEAT CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP AND EXTEND TO TWO CAR TEAM

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports is pleased to announce that the team will expand to two LMP2 full time entries in the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The #52 lineup of Ben Keating, Mikkel Jensen and Scott Huffaker will return to defend their Michelin Endurance Cup championship, along with two additional drivers to be named in 2022 that will take over the wheel of the #52 for the sprint races.

The #52 trio will be back at if for the Endurance races, competing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented By Advance Auto Parts, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. 

The team and defending 2021 LMP2 Champion, will continue with its 2021 livery design showcasing the colors of the team main sponsor, Wynn’s®, Rain-X®, 4 Horsemen, Max Connect and Client Command, in the #52 Oreca 07 LMP2.

Ben Keating, Mikkel Jensen and Scott Huffaker will be joined by frenchman driver Nicolas LaPierre for the 60th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona, and the Roar Before the 24. With a whopping 60-car grid entry, the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona, will be the race’s largest starting field since 2014.

Ben Keating

#52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca 07 LMP2
“What do you do after you win a Championship? You do it again! I am so excited about this team going into 2022. We had such a great ‘mojo’ as we worked through the season, and we should only be better going into 2022. Now, we all have experience in this car on these tracks. We should be able to hit the ground running.

There are a lot of changes in LMP2 for 2022. There are more competitors. There are team changes. There are driver line-up changes. I think the field looks really tough and really competitive. However, I believe it is all the small details that make up a successful effort, and I believe the fact that we are all sticking together for 2022 gives us an advantage in the details of running this program. I am ready to go racing!”

Mikkel Jensen

#52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca 07 LMP2

“It’s great to be back with PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports for another season of IMSA Endurance. It’s four iconic races that are all highlights in any driver’s race calendar, and I’m happy to be able to do it all again with the same team and lineup. We have already achieved a lot last year and hope we can add more victories to the resume.

I think we will definitely benefit from being back with the whole crew and lineup being the same, especially as Daytona is just around the corner – we have learnt a lot last year and I’m sure we can learn from that which will make us strong for next year. Ben, Scott, and Nico are all top drivers, both on and off track. With them and the team, we’ve got everything we need to win races in 2022. Let’s go!”

Scott Huffaker

“Extremely excited to continue racing with PR1 Motorsports in the 2022 NAEC championship. Winning with them this season was exciting and hope to continue with the same success. There will be tough competition, which is exciting to see how we will compare in Daytona.”

Nicolas LaPierre

#52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca 07 LMP2

“I’m very happy and excited to come back with PR1, we have unfinished business. Now I know the team and my teammates better. The competition this year is tougher. Last year we had a very competitive package, and I’m sure this year will be the same! I’m very excited about the numer of cars in this event, it will be great. I’m really looking forward to January!”

Bobby Oergel

“It’s been a longtime coming for our small and tight nit team to become a two car program, the last couple of seasons have been great with multiple championships and great programs within them. The opportunity to now grow and  add the #11 car into our program is very unique and exciting for us in these trying times around the world.”

Ray Mathiasen

This is a first for PR1/Mathiasen trying to compete with a second car. The #52 car will compete at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with the identical group of drivers that we used at this race last year and that were members of our very succesful 2021 LMP2 championship. Mikkel, Scott, Ben and Nico had a difficult 24 hours last year but I anticipate that they will be running at or near the top in 2022. They should be one of our toughest competitors for the #11 car. It’s going to be very interesting to see the two cars competing against each other and the other cars as well in a very competitive field. Bobby will have his hands full trying to coordinate all this.”

The Roar schedule finds WeatherTech Championship test sessions at 11:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. ET Friday, Jan. 21, as well as 10:00 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. Live timing and scoring will be available for each session on IMSA.com.

Motul Pole Award 100 qualifying starts at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 and streams live on IMSA.com. Following a 10 a.m. warmup on Sunday, Jan. 23, the Motul Pole Award 100 wraps up the weekend starting at 2:05 p.m. that afternoon.

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports is proud to announce its driver lineup for the #11 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca 07 LMP2 for the full IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, with drivers Steven Thomas and Jonathan Bomarito.  The entry of the #11 car marks the first time that the team will run two full time LMP2 entries in IMSA.

American rising star Josh Pierson will join the team for the Endurance races, competing in the Rolex 24 t Daytona, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented By Advance Auto Parts, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

Thomas, Bomarito and Pierson will hit the track for the first time as new teammates at the Roar Before the 24, in preparation for the Rolex 24 At Daytona where they will be joined by the experienced two-time Le Mans winner, Harry Tincknell, who finished 3rd in the 2021 DPi points and also achieved victories at Sebring and Watkins Glen

“We have assembled an outstanding group of new drivers for the #11 car to compete in the 2022 Rolex 24 hours of Daytona.” said Ray Mathiasen, Team Principal. “They bring together the experience, youth and driving skill to compete successfully at this very difficult race. Jonathan and Harry have years of experience at this race most recently as teammates with the Mazda DPi program. Josh brings that youthful enthusiasm and energy in his first attempt at the 24 hour race. Steven was one, if not the, toughest competitors we had in our successful 2021 LMP2 championship season. I’m glad he is with us now. We have been waiting for a long time for the opportunity to bring Jonathan back to our team, The last time he drove for us was in 2008 when we almost won the Atlantic championship. I anticipate great things from this group.”, he concluded. 

“It’s been a longtime coming for our small and tight knit team to become a two car program”, said Team Principal Bobby Oergel. “The last couple of seasons have been great with multiple Championships and great programs within them. The opportunity to now grow and add the #11 Car into our program is very unique and exciting for us in these trying times around the world.”, he finalized.

Steven Thomas

“I and WIN Autosport joined PR1 to win the championship. Bobby O’s proven record of winning in LMP2 is unmatched. It’s been a rocket-ship ride since my first time driving a race car 3 years ago, and last year’s poles and podiums made me believe we could achieve even more with PR1. Jonathan Bomarito as my co-driver for the season brings elite speed and experience, and I am excited to see Josh Pierson’s talent prevail in the endurance races. Because I try to drive with all the former Mazda factory drivers, we have lightening quick Harry Tincknell for Daytona too.”

Jonathan Bomarito

“This is definitely a coming home for me since I’ve raced for both Pr1 and Mathiasen Motorsports in the past. There are so many great people involved with this program and I am really looking forward to getting to the racetrack! Steven and Josh have been really fast and easy to work with, which makes for a great working environment. The three of us will be a strong lineup for the endurance races. With Harry joining us for Daytona, this will make us even stronger and I’m excited to be racing with him again. We have all the pieces in place to compete for wins this year!”

Josh Pierson

“I’m very humbled and excited to be Joining PR1 Motorsports for the IMSA season. Excited to be participating in the long races with Jonathan Bomarito, and Stephen Thomas for the 24 hours of Daytona.”

Source. PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports

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