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PR1/Mathiasen Sets Daytona Lineup; Double Duty for Keating

Ben Keating to pull double duty again in Rolex 24 between PR1/Mathiasen, TF Sport entries…

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Nico Lapierre and Mikkel Jensen will lead PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which also features Ben Keating and team regular Scott Huffaker.

Confirmed on Tuesday, the four-driver squad is the latest to be confirmed in the LMP2 class, which is close to breaking into double-digit entries for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.

Both Lapierre and Jensen will make their team debuts with the Bobby Oergel-led organization, with Keating returning after a one-off outing with the California-based squad in the 2020 edition.

The Texan will again pull double duty in the race, having also been confirmed in TF Sport’s Aston Martin Vantage GT3 lineup in GT Daytona.

“As we all learn more about the different programs and teams coming to this year’s 24, I can’t help but feeling like it will be off the charts in terms of depth in the P2 category,” said Oergel.

“Adding to that I feel so fortunate to have Ben, Mikkel, Scott and Nicolas all together in our No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen car this year. These guys are all amazing in the cockpit.

“Last year at this event, Ben was so very strong for our team and I am sure that will be the same once again this year.

“Scott was with us for the endurance events later in last year’s program, where he did a superb job in all aspects and continues to prove he is a true young gun for sure.

“We only know Mikkel and Nicolas from having to compete against them in years past and for sure I am relieved to have them in house for this year’s 24, as both of them are really tough to compete against.

“From my perspective the program feels great from the start and we haven’t even made seats yet.”

Of note, 2020 LMP2 champion Patrick Kelly, who also didn’t take part in the Rolex 24 this year, is not listed in the entry.

“It’s a big pleasure to come back in Daytona with a great team and a super strong lineup,” said Lapierre.

“The LMP2 field will be super competitive in 2021 and it will be for sure a tough battle to go on the top step of the podium.

“The package PR1 has put together will certainly be one of the best one in our category.”

Keating added: “After winning the IMSA LMP2 Championship for the last few years in a row, we know for sure that PR1 knows how to win. And, I am super excited about the driver lineup we have in this car.

“Clearly, we are in it to ‘Wynn’ it.”

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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