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Zellers Set for IPC Debut in Norma LMP3

Hanna Zellers confirmed in FMO Norma M30 for IMSA Prototype Challenge return to CTMP…

Photo: Norma

Twenty-one-year-old Hanna Zellers is set for her IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda debut this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, as part of Five Miles Out Racing’s lineup for the fourth round of the season.

Zellers will team up with open-wheel veteran Jay Howard in the team’s No. 87 Norma M30, as part of the team’s two-car entry that features Memo Gidley and team owner Charles Chi in the sister LMP3 contender.

While new to endurance racing, Zellers has enjoyed a diverse career including SCCA, Formula Atlantic and NASCAR K&N Series competition.

“I tested the Norma for the first time earlier this year and I felt very comfortable in the car” she said. “It responds well to what I ask of it and it’s very quick.

“This will be my first Prototype Challenge race, but I’m going into the series with high expectations and I hope to do my absolute best for my team and my fans.”

Chi said he was impressed with Zeller’s test at Road Atlanta.

“She is not only a competitive driver but also a natural ambassador for FMO Racing,” he said. “She is humble, genuine, and is a person who does not look for excuses and works hard. We are delighted that she is on the team.”

New, Returning Drivers for CTMP

FMO’s pair of Normas are part of a 16-car LMP3 entry for this weekend with several other notable driver changes since the last round at Barber Motorsports Park in April.

Trent Hindman will join Cameron Cassels in the No. 75 Performance Tech Motorsports Ligier JS P3, with IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge star Roman De Angelis in the No. 7 Charles Wicht Racing Ligier alongside Leo Lamelas.

De Angelis won the opening round of the season at Daytona in an ANSA Motorsports-run Ligier.

Garett Grist, meanwhile, has retuned to Extreme Speed Motorsports, replacing Ben Waddell in the No. 3 Ligier.

The No. 44 Ave Motorsports Ave-Riley AR2, which was present at Barber, is not listed to take part this weekend.

The MPC class, which features seven cars at CTMP, includes the previously announced addition of Kyle Masson alongside his father, Dr. Robert, in the No. 11 Performance Tech Elan DP02.

The 1 hour and 40-minute race is set for Sunday at 10:20 a.m. EDT with live coverage on IMSA.tv.

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

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Justin Porter

    July 3, 2018 at 9:23 am

    “The No. 44 Ave Motorsports Ave-Riley AR2, which was present at Barber, is not listed to take part this weekend.”

    Cue the sad trombone while the ACO shops Riley’s constructor tender to Osella and Swift.

  2. Joel

    July 3, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Do you know that for definite? That Riley’s tender will be “shopped” to Osella/Swift? I thought the ACO stated that there would only be 4 LMP3 Constructors? Or did I misread that?

    On a separate LMP3 note, does anyone know what happened to Dome? Why did they get a tender and then not build anything?

    • Max

      July 3, 2018 at 11:22 am

      I think Dome has been a mess for a while. They’re still involved with Toyota in SuperGT I believe, but that’s it.

      • AF

        July 3, 2018 at 1:01 pm

        It won’t be it for much longer.

  3. Justin Porter

    July 3, 2018 at 11:08 am

    What happened with Dome is unfortunately what always happens with Dome; they created an aerodynamically brilliant concept without any of the financing to make it into an actual racing car.

    A shame because the S102 and S103 were both amazing machines that never got to show their full potential.

    I can’t say that it’s definite that Osella or Swift would get Riley’s tender but I can say that it’s clear that Riley was a waste of the ACO and IMSA’s time, and that I feel badly for their victims like Mazda, Ben Keating, and BAR1.

  4. Harry Manback

    July 3, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    She’s 21, FYI.

    • John Dagys

      July 3, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks. It’s been updated. The Norma press release said she was 18.

  5. Joe Karter

    July 3, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    What a fucking hack who has done nothing… One weekend in K&N and a few Atlantic starts…Oh and her best get this second at the runoffs in an FE. Please just one more worthless female driver to walk around in her suit all day at the track. I’m sure Parnelli would fear her on the track…

    • Brian

      July 4, 2018 at 1:26 am

      What have you done lately Joe besides piss and moan? The only thing worthless is the time it took you to write that crap post of yours. Take your jealousy and hatred elsewhere.

      • Gabe Docks

        July 4, 2018 at 9:03 am

        Hi Hanna’s dad!

    • Northstar

      July 4, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Who the hell cares?

      It’s an amateur series, even her small resume is bigger than some of the investment bankers who show up on race day with little more than a test session under their belt.

      But hey, thanks for making it easy to spot the jack-ass.

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