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Archangel Revived; Porsche GT4 Entry for Brynjolfsson, Hindman

Mike Johnson revives Archangel Motorsports; confirms Michelin Pilot Challenge entry…

Photo: Park Place Motorsports

Archangel Motorsports will return to IMSA competition for the first time since 2003, with Mike Johnson reviving his former team for a Michelin Pilot Challenge campaign in cooperation with VOLT Racing.

Johnson, who served as the director of race operations at Park Place Motorsports this year, will field a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport for the longtime pairing of Trent Hindman and newly crowned Porsche Cup champion Alan Brynjolfsson.

The two worked together with Johnson at Park Place this year, which has since refocused its effort around a IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup-only campaign in GT Daytona.

It will mark Johnson’s return to team ownership after runs with TPC Racing, TRG, Stevenson Motorsports and most recently Park Place in management duties.

Archangel, which won the 2000 and 2001 Grand-Am SRII class titles, had largely focused on prototype racing prior to Johnson’s career shift.

“I am very excited to bring the Archangel Motorsports name back to IMSA,” he told Sportscar365.

“It’s been a great honor and privilege to represent so many amazing teams and owners over the last 16 years but the time just felt right to start up my own program again.

“We have a very strong staff and most of the same crew from this year will be returning so I feel good about our chances in the GS Championship.

“Alan, Trent and I just got back from the Porsche Night of Champions in Stuttgart, and with an event like that it just makes you want to work harder to be invited back next year.”

Johnson said he’s also talking to a few customers for a possible SRO America program.

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

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