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Mount Joins Performance Tech for LMP3 Effort

Blake Mount signs with Performance Tech for 2019 IMSA Prototype Challenge season…

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Performance Tech Motorsports has confirmed Blake Mount for its LMP3 effort in IMSA Prototype Challenge next year.

Mount, who recently tested with the Florida-based team, joins the IMSA ranks after a career largely in open-wheel, including a runner-up finish in the Formula Atlantic championship.

He will make the transition to the Brent O’Neill-led team in 2019, thanks to a deal brokered by Mount’s driver coach Rafa Matos, who previously drove for the Florida-based team. 

“The team came up in a conversation with Rafa,” Mount said. “So, we started looking into LMP3 in 2018. We talked to a couple of other teams.

“The vibes via email and conversations with Brent is why I chose Performance Tech. It felt more genuine and more authentic. It felt like he was invested in me like I was part of the family. I could tell he was interested in helping me pursue a career.”

While having tested a Ginetta G57 at Sebring, Mount said he’s looking forward to making a championship attack in one of the team’s Ligier JS P3 Nissans.

Performance Tech is expected to field multiple entries in LMP3, which becomes the sole class of IPC next year.

“Realistically I want to focus on furthering myself as a driver,” he said. “I want to do my best to be in the fight and win a championship. I want a successful season in LMP3. I want to improve myself as a driver. To do that I will focus on my abilities on and off the track and if a championship comes with it then great.

“I’m thankful for Brent and for the opportunity to race with his team. For him being transparent with me. And thanks to all the guys that helped with the test.

“Mike, Austin and everyone else I know those are hard days too. I’m thankful for my parents and their support. Hopefully, come Daytona I will be thankful for a sponsor. We’ll get there.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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