The Prototype category in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is set to feature at least one P2 entry from Europe, as Sportscar365 has learned that Greaves Motorsport is preparing for a full-season attack in 2014.
The 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours class winner and European Le Mans Series champion-winning squad has laid out plans to field one of its Zytek Z11SN Nissans in the entire 11-round Prototype schedule, beginning with the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
“Our intentions are to enter the full championship,” team principal Tim Greaves said in an exclusive interview “We haven’t gotten anybody signed yet but we have a lot of strong interests. We obviously had two good showings at Sebring the last two years, in terms of the reliability and performance of the car. We very much think we’ll be there for the full series.”
Competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year, as well as having run a partial season effort in the ELMS, Greaves said they will also look to continue in one of those two series in 2014. The British team has a total of three Zytek-Nissans in their arsenal.
The team’s TUDOR Championship program would see a partnership with an existing U.S.-based organization, for logistical reasons. Greaves said they are currently in discussions with two teams, although he would not confirm their identities.
Chris Dyson drove Greaves’ Zytek-Nissan on three occasions in the WEC this season, with the Dyson Racing VP and sporting director having previously told Sportscar365 that one of their options for 2014 was to join forces with another prototype team.
“We enjoy racing in America,” Greaves said. “There’s an appetite and a passion that’s been created over the last couple of years with the failures for all of the reasons that’s been debated in the ALMS.
“I think people are really looking forward to get back to that sort of racing again, on a more level playing field. The rule makers are going to be a bit consistent as opposed to what happened in the past.”
Greaves said he’s unsure if they’ll make the official pre-season tests at Sebring and Daytona in November, although a firm direction on their program should be made soon.