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Deily to Return With Vance in Audi TCR Entry

IMSA veteran James Vance signs five-year contract with Deily Motorsports for TCR effort…

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Deily Motorsports will return to IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition with a revised driver lineup and new car, with Jacob Deily to be joined by James Vance in an Audi RS 3 LMS TCR.

The Oklahoma-based team announced a five-year contract with Vance, who will co-drive the Gen-2 Audi TCR car with Jacob Deily beginning with next month’s round at Mid-Ohio.

Deily, which contested the majority of the Pilot Challenge season last year with a pair of Hyundai Elantra N TCRs, was on the grid at Daytona in January with a single Elantra N TCR for Jacob Deily and Jordan Wisely but was not present at the following two races.

Team owner Bob Deily said: “Our first season in IMSA was a massive challenge, with too many pitfalls. I could not be more excited about the future of having James Vance join our team for the next five years, minimum.

“I am equally excited to be making the manufacturer switch to Audi.

“With James Vance joining my son Jacob, and our new Gen-2 Audi RS 3 TCR we will be coming for wins this year and embarking on a championship run in 2025.”

Vance brings ten years of IMSA experience with him, including two seasons of racing the Audi in Pilot Challenge, while 18-year-old Jacob Deily is entering his third season of racing in IMSA-sanctioned competition.

“I could not be more excited for this opportunity. Bob came to me in March regarding joining Deily Motorsports long-term, and I jumped at the chance to compete with him and his team in IMSA for the next five seasons minimum, starting at Mid Ohio in June.

“We have meticulously gone over every detail to ensure our processes lead to success.”

Jacob Deily added: “I am extremely excited to be sharing the car with James long term. I know he will be an asset with all of his experience.

“I have a number of things that I am excited learn to as he helps us grow, and progress our program.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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