Sheena Monk said her and Kyle Marcelli’s switch to PF Racing and the Ford Mustang GT4 for the remainder of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season is a “better fit” after the “unexpected and unfortunate events” at Sebring.
The duo’s Infinity Autosport-run Toyota GR Supra GT4 was totaled in a massive accident in the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120, which ultimately triggered the move to the Missouri-based team due to a replacement Supra GT4 chassis not being readily available.
Canada-based Infinity Autosport had been made up of crew members from McLaren operation Motorsports In Action.
Monk and Marcelli are sporting the new No. 877, a nod to primary sponsor JG Wentworth’s first three digits of its phone number, in this weekend’s third round of the season at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, alongside PF’s full-season Mustang GT4 of James Pesek and Chad McCumbee.
“Following some unexpected and unfortunate events at Sebring, we elected to make major changes that are ultimately a better fit for our program and JG Wentworth Racing,” said Monk.
“It’s been a tough start to the season with many new scenarios for me to navigate as a driver but I believe this will only improve my ability to adapt when adversity is thrown my way.
“Our main goal is always to produce results for JG Wentworth and I’m optimistic that PF Racing can provide us with a car to do that, especially given their most recent performances and success.”
Monk says Marcelli’s previous experience and success with the Mustang GT4 should also help her learning curve.
“Learning multiple new vehicles in a short timeframe is a challenge at this stage in my progression because consistency and familiarity are paramount,” she said.
“Despite this, I’m excited for the opportunity to drive the Ford Mustang GT4 for the remainder of 2022 and look forward to getting comfortable in it.
“Kyle’s familiarity with the vehicle will certainly assist in this transition and I’m grateful to be driving with him.”
Former GS class champion Marcelli described the switch to PF and the Mustang as a “sudden change of direction” following the “unfortunate circumstances” that took place at Sebring.
“That said, we are thankful to be back on track and I look forward to returning to a familiar cockpit in the Ford Mustang GT4,” he said.
“Historically, Laguna Seca has not been a strong track for the Ford Mustang, but we will have a better understanding of where we are following the two free practice sessions.
“Still a long way to go in this championship, but it’s important we shift our momentum and start challenging for podiums and wins. Expect us to be pushing 110 percent from here on out.”