Following a breakout performance in last month’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, Martin Plowman will return to the wheel of BAR1 Motorsports’ Prototype Challenge entry in next weekend’s Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The reigning FIA WEC LMP2 champion, who has been left without a full-season sports car ride, will make his third TUDOR United SportsCar Championship start of the season alongside Doug Bielefeld in the team’s Oreca FLM09.
Plowman, Bielefeld and David Cheng gave the Brian Alder-led squad a season-best second place class finish at Watkins Glen, which saw the Englishman claw his way back from nearly two laps down for the podium result.
“I’m really thankful to Brian and Doug for putting their faith in me to continue to help lead and grow this team,” Plowman told Sportscar365. “Watkins Glen was an incredible race for BAR1 Motorsports, a real confidence booster for the entire team when it was needed most.
“My deal to race with BAR1 was purely a one-race deal. I was flattered to receive some offers after the Watkins Glen race, but I’m really happy that I was able to conclude a deal to continue with Brian.”
Plowman, who made his Indianapolis 500 debut this year as well as taking part in the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis, will be the only driver with previous experience of the revised 2.439-mile road course layout, which the TUDOR Championship will also use.
“We just want to build on the momentum we have and build on the consistency of driver lineup,” Alder said. “Watkins Glen was like a win for us and we’re excited to keep moving forward with Martin.”
While Indy is again currently only a one-race deal, Alder said there’s a possibility of having Plowman in the cockpit for the remainder of the season.
“I truly believe in the team that Brian has assembled and Doug is a driver who is making massive steps forward in his learning curve,” Plowman added.
“It’s been a lot of fun to pass on some of my experience and see him grow as a driver. I really wanted to be a part of this team’s future success. There is still a lot of work ahead of us, but we are carrying a lot of momentum right now.”