Rebellion Not Ruling Out Additional IMSA Races

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Rebellion Racing team manager Bart Hayden has not ruled out the team potentially entering additional IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races this year, and admitting that it could take on a full-season campaign by as early as 2018.

The Anglo-Swiss squad, in its return to IMSA competition for the first time since a partial-season effort in 2013, has confirmed a four-race schedule around the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races with a single Oreca 07 Gibson.

It’s in addition to two full-time LMP2 entries in the FIA World Endurance Championship, with the team having confirmed the remainder of its lineup on Monday.

“I think at the moment probably the program we’ve got is challenging enough,” Hayden told Sportscar365.

“I know that Alexandre Pesci [team owner] is excited about the NAEC races. He’s going to come over for the Daytona race, so that’s really good news.

“You never know, he might come over and think let’s have a crack at the championship. I think that’s unlikely for ’17, but maybe for ’18.”

The team has established a U.S. base at the Robertson Racing shop in Buford, Ga., which Hayden said could be used as a stepping stone into a potential full-season effort in the future.

The former privateer Ford GT squad is also providing logistics support, including the use of one of its transporters.

“The facility that the Robertson Racing guys have got over in Atlanta is good,” Hayden said. “Once you’ve established that working relationship, if you can maintain it, it’s the obvious thing to do.

“Some of the headaches we had prior to that arrangement were, where are we going to base ourselves? What are we going to do? I’m pleased to say it’s been working really well.

“With that to one side you can focus more on the program and prepping the cars. It’s kind of one step at a time in a way.

“Doing the four races allows us to be a big part of the championship without making the big commitment of personnel having to be here all the time. So let’s see how it goes.”

For now, Hayden said they plan to utilize the same crew for both the IMSA and WEC programs, although keeping one of its Oreca-Gibsons Stateside to ease the logistical challenges.

It will, however, have additional staff at Daytona for the team’s first race of 2017, and the first with the new-spec LMP2 contender.

“There’s an element of learning, and trying to also expedite the process of getting the car ready,” Hayden said.

“We’ve probably got a few more than we really need or would normally have, but that should hopefully shortcut the process for when we get the two WEC cars.

“At the minute we’re not going to have two crews per se, but that may change depending on the way the races pan out and the testing schedule pans out.”

21 Comments

  1. Olly

    January 10, 2017 at 10:14 am

    That would be cool, especially with the Glen and Mosport being back to back weekends.

  2. WBrowning

    January 10, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Have they announced they’re going to Sebring?

    • Nate

      January 10, 2017 at 10:28 am

      All 4 NAEC rounds

  3. Marc

    January 10, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Really enjoyed watching them in person at Long Beach and at Laguna Seca a few years back. Jani’s battle with Luhr was mega to watch!

    The crew was also very open and friendly to chat with!

    • Mike S.

      January 10, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Yes thanked them for coming over in 2012 and hope I can again. They did have some good battles with Muscle Milk before they left

  4. P

    January 10, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Would be awesome to see them at Laguna Seca, Watkins Glen and especially COTA.

    • Olly

      January 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      And Road America!

  5. guest

    January 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Top of the line privateer team that can easily bring a fight to WTR, Action Express and the rest. This would be a great addition to the series full season.

    • Kirk

      January 10, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      Yep, but they gotta paint their car. Rebellions have always been sweet looking race cars, but that black livery at Daytona this past weekend just won’t cut it.

      • Tim

        January 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm

        Thats bare carbon.

        The picture that was posted when they first announced switching to P2 was a solid red car with gold pin striping all over it. Believe it tinny rebellion logos.

        • Tim

          January 10, 2017 at 2:16 pm

          Oh i was wrong. I was going of memory. Its solid red with some crazy white design through out.

          If you Google “rebellion oreca p2” its the first image

      • Mike S.

        January 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm

        Yeah hard as their WEC cars in 2015 were beautiful. Just paint err wrap them like that. Hard to follow that up but rather have the car be reliable and fast than pretty but unreliable as they were in 2015.

  6. Psychlops924

    January 10, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Last year no one could do both series because Long Beach and Silverstone were on the same weekend, but this year they’re not. There are no conflicts between IMSA and WEC this year, even if Nürburgring gets pushed back a week to conflict with IMSA at Lime Rock, Prototypes don’t race there so it wouldn’t be an issue.
    If they’re leaving a car in the US, logistically they wouldn’t have any problems doing both series. I would love to see them compete here for the full season

    • Olly

      January 10, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Yeah there’s one conflict, COTA in May with the Spa weekend.

      • Psychlops924

        January 11, 2017 at 1:59 am

        Oh yes you’re right. Different days so my brain didn’t log it

    • Nate

      January 11, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Does Detroit still conflict with the Le Mans pre-race mandatory test?

      • Olly

        January 11, 2017 at 6:44 pm

        I’m not sure, but with platinum drivers eligible to skip it, then they can go to Detroit.

  7. Steven

    January 10, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Please come to Road America…speaking of which, Road America really needs to go back to being a 4 hour race atleast.

    • Jeffrey Wagner

      January 11, 2017 at 6:27 am

      EVERY race on the real tracks like Mosport, Road America, etc where they are the headliner of the weekend should be 4HRS! Many fans have wanted that for years. The sprint races just get heated up and it ends all the time at MOSPORT and many other tracks since 1999!!!

    • Matt that goes to Road America alot!

      January 11, 2017 at 11:16 am

      I totally agree! I loved how the 4 hour races would go into the evening so cars had headlights on. It’s SO AWESOME to see cars at Road America when they have to have their headlights on!

  8. RefuellingFire

    January 11, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Bet a Daytona win means they stick around all year.

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