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P1 Motorsports confirms JC Perez, Kenton Koch, Robby Foley and Loris Spinelli for Rolex 24…

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P1 Motorsports has confirmed its lineup for next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, with team owner JC Perez set to be joined by Kenton Koch, Robby Foley and Loris Spinelli in its new Mercedes-AMG GT3.

The Florida-based team expands into IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition with a planned Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup program next year.

It comes on the heels of an ambitious debut year that included IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America competition.

“We came into the 2017 racing season with one goal on our mind,” said team manager Alberto Pena. “Get the team and JC up to speed to run Daytona.

“We’ve been planning this for over a year, and it’s been a group effort since day one.”

Perez, Koch and Foley were all part of the team’s IPC program this year, which saw 2016 Rolex 24 Prototype Challenge class winner Koch finish runner-up in the drivers’ championship.

“Last time I raced the 24 was in PC, and we were lucky enough to win.,” Koch said. “With P1, I’m more than confident we will have a shot, especially with the driver line up we have.”

Perez added: “This has been an amazing journey for me. I have learned so much this year and we are about to take on the hardest race in the U.S.

“I have been training all year long, and know I can hold my own with any driver in that field.

“Daytona is the fulfillment of one my lifelong dreams and I just didn’t want to pay for seat. I wanted to own a team and run it and make my mark.”

P1 will be pulling double-duty in next weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24 as it will also field three Ligier JS P3s in the IPC season-opener.

A combination of the driving quartet will make up the team’s GTD lineup for the three remaining Patron Endurance Cup races at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. almzkid

    December 27, 2017 at 11:40 am

    another NAEC only program.

    GTD looks like it is in trouble this year.

    Lexus down to one car
    Acura down to one car
    Porsche only Wright confirmed.
    No Lamborghini teams confirmed.
    Only Riley M-B for full season
    Audi-Land and Magnus still haven’t confirmed full season participation.
    BMW-Silent on the Turner front.

    We could be down to single digits for full season GTD entries.

    • Tim

      December 27, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Paul Miller is likely. However I’m kinda skeptical on the Change racing deal. Sounds like they broke apart.

    • TailsLeMans722

      December 27, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Even if only a handful of full season cars have been confirmed so far, it wouldn’t surprise me if we got more confirmed entries between the Roar and Sebring.

      After all, remember when the Alegra team won Daytona in GTD then committed to a full season shortly afterwards.

      It’s happened before and It can happen again.

    • jaysfan

      December 30, 2017 at 10:21 am

      I thought Magnus Racing announced their plan for up coming season? Andy Lally confirmed as their driver, they also have Andrew Davis listed as well and Land Motorsports Audi is on the entry list for Daytona testing as well

  2. Mike S

    December 27, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    It’s most expensive GT3 series in world that’s why. Not sustainable even though we all like it.

  3. almzkid

    December 27, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    PWC is also struggling to gain entries in GT3.

    Europe seems to be flourishing though. Blancpain numbers in the 60’s, ADAC GT also doing well along with all the national championships.

  4. Av

    December 27, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    I think that PWC should be part of every IMSA weekend. Like they use to do. An invitation to the SCCA from IMSA to run their GT3 series all together as one in all IMSA races or weekends. At least the NAEC.

    • thomas

      December 28, 2017 at 8:19 am

      I’m not sure when you thought that happened because frankly I can’t remember it happening ever. The only time I can remember them sharing a weekend was when they were both supporting Indycar at Long Beach and St Pete

      • Slicks in the wet

        December 29, 2017 at 5:25 am

        Yeah. Cant recall that either, thomas. PWC always had their own unique rulebook that would never have fit with IMSA ALMS stuff.

        And at this point, there are too many cars in IMSA to take on 10-15 more.

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