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Performance Tech Confirms Rolex 24 Lineup

Performance Tech confirms Rolex 24 at Daytona lineup…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

Performance Tech Motorsports has confirmed its driver lineup for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, with a quartet of young guns set to pilot its Oreca FLM09.

Team regular James French, 24, is set to be joined by 2016 Prototype Lites Champion Clark Toppe, 17-year-old Mazda Road to Indy star Patricio O’Ward and 20-year-old Kyle Masson, who makes the step up from the team’s Prototype Lites program.

All four drivers have been part of either Mazda’s Road to Indy or Road to 24 programs, with varying levels of success.

It will likely mark the youngest combined lineup in this year’s race, and potentially second only in the event’s history to the “Team 16” initiative in the 2005 race, which featured 16-year-olds Colin Braun, Adrian Carrio and Brad Coleman, alongside driver coach Ross Bentley.

While not on the current version of the entry list, team principal Brent O’Neill told Sportscar365 that his Florida-based team will be at this weekend’s Roar Before the 24, which is mandatory for all Rolex 24 competitors.

It means there will be at least three Oreca FLM09s in the race, alongside the two BAR1 Motorports cars, which are already on the Roar entry list.

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 FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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