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Liddell, DePew Set for Fourth Season Together at Rebel Rock

Robin Liddell, Frank DePew back for fourth season together in Rebel Rock Camaro…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

Rebel Rock Racing has outlined its plans for the 2022 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season with Robin Liddell and Frank DePew continuing at the team for another year.

Liddell and DePew will embark on their fourth GS campaign together in the No. 71 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R.

The pair claimed a victory this year at Sebring International Raceway, but finished outside the top 20 in the standings after a rocky second half of the season that included missing the races at Road America and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

An accident at Watkins Glen prompted Rebel Rock to engage a replacement Camaro, but the discovery of chassis damage during practice at Road America forced it to skip the rest of that weekend.

The team then opted to miss the trip to Laguna Seca to focus on the final two races, which were highlighted by a fourth-place finish at VIR after leading part of the contest.

“We’re looking forward to next year, committed to next year,” said Liddell.

“Frank has turned a corner this year in his racecraft, as we saw at VIR, so that’s proof of what he can do. We’ll be ready for 2022. The plan is to come back next year and do a better job.

“We didn’t believe we had a car to win with at VIR, but we finished fourth. Really, it was not a bad result. That’s what I impressed on Frank and the team: when we have a chance to win, obviously, we want to win.

“But when we don’t have a chance to win, we just do the best we can and score as many points as we can.

“I see no reason at all why if we do that kind of job consistently, next year we can challenge for the championship. The performance was there at the end, so I see no reason why we can’t do that next year. That is the goal.”

DePew added that Rebel Rock Racing’s VIR showing gave an indication that the team can have a better season-long output throughout 2022.

“That was a cool moment and I feel like it was a good demonstration of not only the progress I’ve made as a driver, but also really of how the team took some punches during the year but still showed up ready to execute every weekend, and that makes me pretty excited about 2022,” he said.

Rebel Rock’s program confirmation keeps the Chevrolet on the GS grid, following Team TGM’s switch from Camaros to a pair of Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsports.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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