Change Racing has confirmed its lineup for the full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, with Spencer Pumpelly and Corey Lewis set to compete in the team’s No. 16 Lamborghini Huracán GT3.
The Robby Benton-led team steps into WeatherTech following a successful few years in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America championship, including this season, where Lewis won the last 10 races of the regular season and then secured the Pro-Am title in the Lamborghini World Final at Sebring.
“This is a big move for our team to be expanding into the IMSA GTD Class, and we are proud to have this roster in place for the season,” Benton said.
“We know Corey (Lewis) very well and he makes a good case for moving up our internal ladder from the Lamborghini Super Trofeo program into the WeatherTech championship. And to have a proven winner like Spencer (Pumpelly), with his knowledge and experience join us, it makes for a very strong lineup for this team.”
Lewis, a Monster Energy-supported athlete, will continue with the company into 2016 and is also expected to continue for a second season in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with the Goldcrest Motorsports-run Strategic Wealth Racing team, co-driving a Porsche Cayman in the ST class with Matthew Dicken.
“To move up to IMSA WeatherTech and race a Lamborghini Huracán for Change Racing is an awesome opportunity,” Lewis said. “Winning the World Championship with this team last season was a huge high point for me and my career, and to have that translate into this opportunity is just incredible.
“To have someone like Spencer (Pumpelly) as my co-driver is a big boost for this program. I am also excited to have Monster Energy Drink follow me through the ranks of sports car racing.”
Pumpelly, meanwhile, finds a suitable landing spot after his best year yet in sports car racing. He won twice at Park Place Motorsports but was not retained for 2016; he also won four races with the Rennsport One team in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and a single round in Pirelli World Challenge with a Ford Mustang.
“I met with Robby (Benton, team principal) at the Lamborghini World Finals in November, and I really liked his organization and attention to detail, so I’m very happy that everything came together for me to join Change Racing,” Pumpelly said.
“With the driver aides and new aero package, there will be a lot to learn with the new GT3 cars, but the Lamborghini Huracán is really well thought out and already has a very good reputation for finishing races well in Europe.”
The team’s endurance race drivers, as well as drivers for the continuation of its Super Trofeo program, will be announced in the new year.