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PR1/Mathiasen Expands to Two-Car LMP2 Operation

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsport purchases second Oreca 07 Gibson in planned expansion…

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PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports will expand its operations into a two-car LMP2 team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, while also adding a new LMP3 entry into IMSA Prototype Challenge.

The California-based squad confirmed the purchase of a second Oreca 07 Gibson chassis on Thursday, which will be used for a testing program this year and a possible end-of-season entry.

It joins the team’s full-season Oreca LMP2 entry of Matt McMurry and Gabriel Aubry.

A two-car effort is planned for 2020, in what would be significant boost to the category, which currently features two full-season entries this year.

“This is an exciting time here at PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports and within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as well,” said team principal Bobby Oergel.

“We are happy with the results we have been seeing and hope to continue seeing success with the new Oreca 07 chassis.

“We are also proud of the opportunities we have been able to provide to up-and-coming talent which is what led us to enter a car in the IMSA Prototype Challenge category.

“Sebring will be a busy weekend for us and we are looking forward to it.”

Details on the team’s IPC entry, which is expected to debut next month at Sebring, have not yet been revealed.

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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