ANSA Motorsports will compete in the 2017 IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda with an ADESS-03 in the LMP3 class. Matt Dicken will drive the prototype.
The Miami-based team and ADESS AG are still looking to test additional drivers for the 2017 season, with the German constructor looking to sell more prototypes to new teams/drivers.
“My partner, Patrick Otto Madsen, and I are delighted to welcome our new driver, Matt Dicken, who will compete in one of our 2017 ADESS-03 LMP3 prototypes next season in the IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda series,” said team co-owner, Alain Nadal.
“ANSA Motorsports has a solid winning background in the IMSA series, and we are really excited to return and race with ADESS AG in the new, revamped series.”
Having competed in his first club race in January 2013, Dicken has quickly compiled a successful racing resume. Dicken was the Stuttgart Cup Pro-Am champion in 2014 and has since competed in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, under the Strategic Wealth Racing banner.
“Both ANSA and ADESS are proven champions so our expectations are high for a successful season,” Dicken said.
“Although the ADESS-03 LMP3 is a new race car and there are a lot of unknowns coming into a new series, when you take a look at what ANSA Motorsports did last year in winning the PWC GTS Driver’s Championship in with the new KTM X-Bow, race podiums and maybe even race wins should be anticipated.”
Since 1997, Dicken has worked as a financial advisor, having founded Strategic Wealth Designers in 2002 and is also a best-selling author and the host of the “Strategic Wealth” TV show, covering all things financial, that airs weekly on an ABC affiliante in Louisville, Kentucky.
IMSA Prototype Challenge will be divided into two classes in 2017, blending new and existing IMSA machinery.
The LMP3 class will feature LM P3 chassis from as many as six different constructors, including ADESS powered by identical V8 engines. The MPC class will use the existing Élan DP02 chassis powered by Mazda engines that previously made up the Lites 1 (L1) class of the series.
Thirteen rounds of competition will take place in 2017, kicking off at Sebring in March.