Dempsey Racing will go down in history as the first team to file its application to compete in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
The Flowery Branch, Ga.-based team actually filed the first two applications, which were received Monday at the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla. The team expects to field a pair of Porsche’s new TUDOR Championship-specific 911 GT America race cars in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.
“It’s nice to be prepared,” said Dempsey Racing Team Principal Joe Foster. “We’re trying to be ready to take on the challenge. It’s definitely going to be a tough series and a tough year. We’re lucky in that we basically know what we’re doing in terms of cars and logistics. We still don’t know exactly a few details of the picture but it’s all coming together well. We obviously wouldn’t have entered the series today if we weren’t confident in what we were doing and confident that we would have a competitive program.
“We’ll have more announcements, along the lines of drivers and sponsor partners, coming out shortly. We’ve been in the Rolex Series for many years prior to the TUDOR [Championship], and every year we’ve gotten the business case together sooner and been more prepared. The sooner you can be ready, the better. We knew what we were doing, so there was really no reason not to enter the series right away when the entries opened up.”
One day after the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón season ended, Dempsey Racing and Porsche announced a two-year deal to continue in the TUDOR Championship, as well as expand into IMSA’s Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama single-make series in 2014.
That definitely contributed to team’s ability to commit as soon as the application process opened. To Foster, it was yet another step in the development of the race team.
“I know that we’re trying to grow Dempsey Racing and we’re trying to stabilize it as a business, as well,” he said. “A long-term relationship with Porsche is great for us because it’s a stable company, a stable entity in the business, and a good promotional partner and marketing partner for Patrick. The team can diversify. We’re doing our best, as well, to put together a proper IMSA GT3 Cup program in addition to the TUDOR [Championship] program. We are working on that. We have a little more time to put that together than we do the main program, but we’re excited about it.”