Era Motorsport’s fan-designed ‘Crayon Car’ livery will return to its Oreca 07 Gibson for this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans.
The car, designed by six-year-old Owen from Ontario, Canada, claimed LMP2 class honors in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona with Kyle Tilley, Dwight Merriman, Ryan Dalziel and Paul-Loup Chatin.
Tilley, Merriman and Dalziel will share driving duties in this weekend’s ten-hour enduro at Michelin Raceway Road Atlnta.
“It means a lot to us to have Owen’s livery back on the car,” said Tilley. “It not only brought us good luck for the Rolex 24, but through that livery and our first victory our earned a lot of new fans who have come out to support us this year.
“Ending the season with the crayon wrap, and even a podium finish is a great way to close out the year on a positive note and thank our fans for cheering us on this year.”
After the team’s win in January, Owen’s family kept in touch with the Indianapolis-based squad, hoping the Canadian and U.S. borders would open so that the young livery designer could attend the Six Hours of the Glen in July.
COVID restrictions kept the border closed over the summer, but opened earlier this month, allowing Owen to attend the final race of the year and finally get the chance to see his design on the Oreca in person.
The young fan will be on site all weekend.
“I am excited to go to the Petit Le Mans because I’m excited to see my car in real life, and maybe sit in it,” said Owen. “I can’t wait to meet the drivers and wish them good luck.”
With two wins and three podiums, Era Motorsport sits in third place for the Michelin Endurance Cup standings.