The Atlanta Speedwerks pairing of Brian Henderson and 16-year-old Robert Noaker will reunite for the 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in a Honda Civic Type-R TCR, one of three entries the team plans to campaign in the championship.
Henderson and Noaker teamed together for the season finale at Sebring last month, ultimately finishing sixth in class.
With a co-driver yet to be determined, team owner Todd Lamb will pilot a second Honda TCR entry with discussions ongoing for drivers in the third car.
“2021 is shaping up to be a really great year for Atlanta Speedwerks,” Lamb said.
“Robert and Brian are both race-winning drivers. It’s the third year of our IMSA TCR program, so we really understand the nuance of the Honda Civic TCR.
“We saw that throughout 2020, especially at Sebring to finish the year. With an open third car that we plan to fill in time for Daytona, we expect to see Atlanta Speedwerks contending for wins and championships this season.”
“I am so happy to be back with Atlanta Speedwerks for the 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season in our Honda Civic TCR car,” Henderson said.
“I’m excited to be pairing with Robert for the season, especially after he had a great debut at Sebring earlier this year. I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue growing my skills as a driver and team member.
“I know we have what it takes to be a major contender this year and can’t wait to get back on track!”
Noaker’s Sebring debut was his first IMSA race, though the young racer is no newcomer to the spotlight.
He finished eighth in the Global MX-5 Cup standings as a 14-year-old in 2018, winning at Mid-Ohio and earning a Guinness Book of World Records achievement as the youngest driver ever to win an Indy Car-sanctioned race.
Noaker finished fifth in 2019 with a pair of wins, and as the runner-up in 2020 with a season-high four wins.
“I am looking forward to the challenge and opportunity of racing the Honda Civic TCR this year with Atlanta Speedwerks,” Noaker said.
“Sebring was a different experience for me but I enjoyed it. I am happy to be driving with Brian this season. We will have a very good crew behind us this year to hopefully contend for wins. I can’t wait to get back on the track at Daytona.”