Team Penske will enter an ORECA 07-Gibson in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale at Road Atlanta, giving the team a full race weekend in preparation for the debut of the Acura ARX-05 in the 2018 season-opening Daytona 24 Hours.
Team Penske stalwarts Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud will be behind the wheel of the ORECA during the 20th running of Petit Le Mans.
The team tested at Road Atlanta last week, but an incident forced them to rebuild their car, delaying the announcement that they would race at the end of season showdown.
“We’ve had this race on our radar for some time, but we wanted to wait until we were able to get our drivers some testing at Road Atlanta prior to committing, as it is a very fast track and these cars are very different to drive from an IndyCar,” said Team Penske President Tim Cindric.
“Unfortunately, we confirmed this the hard way as we have had to totally rebuild our car after an incident during testing last week. ORECA have bent over backwards to be sure we receive everything we need as they understand the importance of this race as our team prepares for the debut of our Acura ARX-05s at the Daytona 24.
“Juan has participated in the majority of our prototype tests since we announced him as one of our full-time Acura drivers. We would also like to involve our other drivers in the program whenever possible. Helio and Simon have good experience in prototypes at Road Atlanta, so they seem like a natural fit to participate in the Petit for us.”
The team joins 38 other entrants for the ten-hour enduro, which takes place on the weekend of the 4th-7th October.
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