RSR Confirms Two-Car Prototype Challenge Entry

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

The entries keep coming for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, as RSR Racing is set for a two-car attack in the Prototype Challenge ranks next year.

Sportscar365 has learned that the Paul Gentilozzi-led squad has submitted a pair of entries for the spec prototype ranks.

After combining for two class wins this season, Bruno Junqueira and Duncan Ende will make a run for the championship in RSR’s No. 09  car, with former BAR1 Motorsports driver Chris Cumming confirmed in the team’s second Oreca FLM09 alongside a to-be-announced co-driver.

“We actually submitted the two-car entry about a week ago,” Gentilozzi told Sportscar365. “We’ve been planning on running two cars for a long time.”

The team took part in this week’s test at Daytona with a single-car effort for the three confirmed full-season drivers, plus Gustavo Menezes and 2013 IndyCar Series Rookie-of-the-Year Tristan Vautier, who will both be part of the lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Gentilozzi expects to take delivery of a brand-new second Oreca FLM09 in the next few weeks, before returning to Daytona for private testing in December.

“I think it’s going to certainly be the most competitive PC class there ever has been,” he said. “Good competition and good drivers will hopefully make this particular class exposed more. I think the fans like it and we have great racing.”

10 Comments

  1. rissas dad

    November 21, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Glad they are staying in with two cars. After the Jaguar GTE debacle, I’m glad to see them find a niche where they can be competitive.

    Im curious as to the “big-honking-holes” on a PC, dont recall that before? The #38 8Star PC was there without the holes, and I thought that was a new car brought out for the Petit.

    • Jc

      November 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Which holes? The ones by the headlights are brake venting. Further back are the radiator inlets adjacent to the cockpit sides. To the drivers left, next to his helmet is the engine air intake/ restrictor. In front of the rear wheels are rear brake and additional engine cooling vents. On top of each wheel is the open venting mandated to release air pressure. The only other big holes are the fuel filler and cockpit.

      • Tim

        November 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

        “On top of each wheel is the open venting mandated to release air pressure”

        That’s what he was talking about….these have never been on a PC car as it has never been “mandated” for a PC car. only LMP1 and LMP2 has it been mandated.

  2. Tucker Conley

    November 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

    The holes in the fenders give the ability to check tire condition without having to remove them. The P-1s have had them for several years now. The black paint on the fenders makes them look much larger.

    • rissas dad

      November 21, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Thats not what they are for. They are for release of pressure on top of tire as stated by Jc, but my question is they havent been on PC cars that I know of. The holes have been on P1′s and P2′s for two seasons but NOT PCs. Just go and look at the other article showing pics from Daytona testing. The #38 car pictured doesnt have them. I stated this in my post.

      • Bakkster

        November 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        Good catch. I think they’ve always had the cheese grater up front, but never seen holes over the rear tires.

        • Jack

          November 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

          im expecting to see them on the dp’s after the flips

        • Aqualung

          November 21, 2013 at 11:29 pm

          The holes were cut due to tire rub on the banking.

  3. GT Dude

    November 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    The RSR car had holes instead of the usual louvers. The 38 car is the former 18 from Performance Tech, not 8Star. The 38 was the fastest PC on Tuesday.

  4. rissas dad

    November 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Well we have two cars in a spec class with an obvious difference in aero. I repeat a SPEC class. So we have to assume a change is upcoming.

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