With the Prototype Challenge regulations remaining unchanged for 2014, there has been a splurge of recent interest and activity, from both new and existing teams, for next year’s Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
That includes current ALMS championship leaders PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, which confirmed to Sportscar365 Thursday that it has placed an order for a brand-new Oreca FLM09.
The Bobby Oergel-led squad, which currently holds an eight-point lead over two-time and defending class champions CORE autosport, is looking to potentially expand into a two-car team next year.
“We are looking at everything but the reason for the new car is to have options and to show that we are fully committed to the future,” Oergel told Sportscar365. “There are options to become a proper two-car team, have a test car or even sell the current car. But nonetheless, we want next year’s program to start off with everything new.”
Oergel said he expects to take delivery of the car in early December, in time for the Roar Before the Rolex 24 on Jan. 3-5, 2014.
In addition to PR1, it’s understood a number of other teams have either placed orders or have options on new PC machinery, including RSR Racing, 8Star Motorsports, Starworks Motorsport and Level 5 Motorsports, which could make the class one of the most heavily subscribed next year.