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Performance Tech to Field CWR LMP3 Entry

Two IMSA Prototype Challenge teams join forces for remainder of season…

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Performance Tech Motorsports is teaming up with Charles Wicht Racing (CWR) to field a full season LMP3 effort in the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series.

The Florida-based team will take over operations of the No. 7 Ligier JS P3 of Leo Lamelas and Charles Wicht, which finished seventh in the first-ever endurance race during the Roar Before the Rolex 24 weekend in January.

While having recorded a solid debut, Wicht turned to longtime friend and Performance Tech team principal Brent O’Neill.

“Brent has sort of been an open book whenever I have had questions,” Wicht said. “We’ve known each other for 25 years, and in racing, there are people out there that will try to take your clients or your business. Brent is a great guy.

“When we were sharing notes after the Roar on the P3 car, he said let’s join forces for a two-car LMP3 effort.

“I’m looking forward to having engineers and data guys accessible to me.

“Really, I’m looking most forward to working alongside a friend. Doing this with a friend makes it more special. We’re teammates now. I’m honored and thrilled to work with Brent.”

Wicht brings 30 years of racing experience into the CWR Performance Tech entry.

Lamelas, meanwhile, is hoping to find a driver to share seat time with for the season, with Cassels set to drive solo for the remainder of the year in the sister entry.

“I think it’ll be really good to have Charles and Leo with us this year,” O’Neill said. “Charles is a really great guy.

“He’s faced ups and downs in this business just like the rest of us, but he’s always stayed trustworthy. He ran Trans Am for a while and then last year made the switch to IMSA. He actually leased us a P3 car last year.

“I’m happy to help him out. It’ll be good for Cameron to have a teammate he can share data with each race.

“I think it’ll make everyone better. Leo will benefit from it too. Hopefully, we can get another driver with him in that seat. We’ll have a really solid team.”

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