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Crucial McLaren Set for GTD Endurance Cup Effort

Paul Holton-led team completes two-day test at Daytona ahead of planned Rolex 24 debut…

Photo: Crucial Motorsports

Crucial Motorsports has confirmed plans to contest the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup with its McLaren 720S GT3 next year.

The Florida-based team, which made its GT3 debut in October’s Indianapolis 8 Hour, will enter the GT Daytona ranks of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with the eye of potential competing in the new-for-2022 GTD Pro class for races during the sprint season.

The team, which completed a two-day test at Daytona International Speedway this week, has yet to announce its driver lineup.

“We worked a lot on our long run pace and our setup for the morning hours on Sunday,” said team manager Paul Holton.

“Our single lap pace was also very promising. Everyone was immediately comfortable in the car which is a testament to what a great car McLaren Customer Racing has designed and built, as well as the top job our boys here at Crucial have done preparing the car.”

Operations director Aaron Nash added: “We didn’t have a lot of turnaround time before this test after Indy as the car went on display for a couple weeks.

“Our crew have done a fantastic job stripping and rebuilding the car in the weeks leading up to the test and it ran trouble-free as a result.

“With their work and the great support we get from McLaren I expect this to be a competitive 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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