Jr III Racing has secured the first North American delivery of the Ligier JS P320 Nissan, ahead of a planed 2021 program in the IMSA LMP3 ranks.
The Charlotte-based team is in its first full season of IMSA Prototype Challenge, having won the Bronze Cup in its series debut in 2019 at Virginia International Raceway and is currently campaigning a Ligier JS P3 Nissan for the father-son driving duo of Greg and Eric Palmer.
“We are super excited about the new car and are eager to get it to the track and start learning with it,” said team owner Billy Glavin.
“This is going to let us build a schedule of tests and outings with the car on tracks like Daytona, which will be a big help for our program as we look ahead to 2021.”
The new-for-2020 Ligier, which has already made its debut in European Le Mans Series and Michelin Endurance Cup competition, was recently presented for the first time in North America with a track event at Carolina Motorsports Park.
The team’s decision to purchase the new car comes amid considerations by IMSA to add LMP3 cars to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year.
Glavin feels their already strong ties to the French constructor, which has its U.S. base in North Carolina, will pay dividends whichever route they go.
“[Ligier] have been great to work with and we are looking forward to continuing with them with this new car,” said Glavin. “Obviously with them being right here in the Charlotte area, that is really helpful for us.
“We have several guys based at the shop full time.
“Between preparing our clients’ cars for vintage races, working on our IMSA program, and being asked to take on some restoration and preservation projects, we have continued to grow our footprint, and we’ve already got the space set aside for our new Ligier.”