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Performance Tech Confirms First LMP3 Entry

Performance Tech confirms first LMP3 entry for Prototype Challenge series…

Photo: Performance Tech

Photo: Performance Tech

Performance Tech Motorsports has confirmed its first LMP3 entry in the new-look IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda series, with Andreas Gutierrez set to pilot the team’s newly acquired Ligier JS P3 Nissan.

The Mexican Formula 4 star, who has already taken part in multiple tests with the entry-level prototype, will contest the entire seven-event championship, beginning at Sebring next month.

“I have tested this car three times now at Sebring, Barber and COTA,” Gutierrez said. “It is an amazing car to drive, it creates much more downforce and power that I expected.

“Last year, my focus was on open wheel racing but when my brother made the move to prototypes I decided to give it a try and I had a very fun experience.

“So, I thought the P3 championship was the best choice for me to try.

“Prototypes are something I have barely driven, but from what I have tested I know have a pretty good understanding of the cars, but we’ll see.”

Gutierrez was introduced to the Brent O’Neill-led team through his cousin Pato O’Ward, who was recently confirmed as a full-season driver for the team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

He took part in three rounds with Performance Tech in Mazda Lites last year, all at Watkins Glen.

“Andres was impressive right from the start,” O’Neill said. “I think he’ll be the one to watch in the P3 car this year, definitely a contender for the championship. That’s what all of our guys are going for, obviously.

“It’s exciting for us too you know, to be able to run the P3 car in its first year of competition.

“We’re excited to have Andy under our tent because he and Pato come from a great family. I think they bring a great dynamic to our team. I’m happy to have him with us this year, it’ll be good.”

The team is expected to confirm additional LMP3 entries at a later date.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Not Nick

    February 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Could we get a silly season update for the LMP3’s?

  2. Justin Porter

    February 14, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Agreed. It’s astounding me that we’re closing in on the debut of the LMP3’s, with announcements from Norma, Riley, Adess, and Ligier that they all have American customers, and we’re not getting ANYTHING out of IMSA to promote this.

    I still say that the Continental Tire idea was the best choice.

  3. Troll Me

    February 14, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I’m guessing one of each in an ocean of Ligiers.

  4. Matt E

    February 14, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    How about the Dome? What’s happening with that car?
    Heard nuffin at all.

    • John Dagys

      February 14, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Dome has abandoned its LMP3 project.

      • someone

        February 15, 2017 at 1:03 am

        So much for the guy that correcting me a couple months back when I said it was DOA.

  5. Wheelspin

    February 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    JDC should have 2. And have stepped away from their Lites program where they dominated.
    Performance Tech will have at 1 as many as 4. Brent O’Neil has a great eye in finding young talented drivers.
    One Motorsports maybe 1 or 2 cars. A well run program built for the weekend warriors. Most likely gentlemen drivers.
    Euro Tech maybe 1 or 2 cars. Again most likely gentlemen drivers.
    ESM 1 to 4. We’ll run program. Only team managing to win a round over JDC. 2 young drivers and 2 gentlemen drivers. A formula that worked for them last season.
    And hopefully some new teams to IMSA. With a car count of 3 to 6.
    As many as 20 cars at Sebring and as few as 8.

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