After getting his first laps in a Prototype Challenge car less than two weeks ago, Matt McMurry will make the step up to LMP2 machinery for his next test, in what could ultimately lead to landing a ride in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 16-year-old rising star is scheduled to take part in a test with Greaves Motorsport this weekend at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C., which will also see Tom Kimber-Smith and Chris Dyson at the wheel of the British squad’s Zytek Z11SN Nissan.
One of the team’s LMP2 cars has been shipped Stateside for this test.
“I met with Jacob and Tim [Greaves] at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2013 and they were very welcoming. I really appreciate the opportunity to prove myself,” said McMurry.
“I’ve been sampling all sorts of cars – including GT cars like the Corvette and Camaro – during the last 26 months, accumulating as much seat time as possible and preparing for opportunities in a variety of forms of racing. This is another step.”
McMurry tested Performance Tech’s Oreca FLM09 at Palm Beach International Raceway earlier this month, as a stepping stone to help reach his goal of becoming the youngest-ever starter at Le Mans.
Greaves has one confirmed entry in this year’s race, with a seat still open alongside Kimber-Smith and Dyson, who are also confirmed for the entire five-round European Le Mans Series season.
“We’re intrigued by Matt’s ambitions and proven ability to quickly adapt to bigger, faster cars,” said team manager Jacob Greaves.
“Matt has progressed from 130 horsepower, low-downforce, grooved tire cars to 430 horsepower, high downforce, high grip cars quickly, and every step along the way he’s produced results and driven intelligently.
“We’re confident we’ll see more of the same during the test.”
No word has been given if McMurry could be in the frame for a full-season ELMS ride with Greaves, although Matt’s father, former ALMS driver Chris McMurry, said they are taking things one step at a time.
McMurry was recently signed by Performance Tech for the full 14-round IMSA Prototype Lites season.