Team Penske will rely on a lineup of entirely real-life drivers for its assault on the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans, including three of its four full-season IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pilots.
Announced on Thursday, reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud will be joined by Acura Team Penske regulars Ricky Taylor, Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron in the team’s Acura-badged Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2 entry.
It is the second announced lineup made entirely of professional drivers, which is permitted in the rules although expected to be a slight disadvantage compared to most teams, which have opted for the maximum allotted two sim racers.
United Autosports is also entering with an all-pro LMP2 lineup consisting of Job van Uitert, Tom Gamble, Alex Brundle and Filipe Albuquerque.
Frenchman and ex-Peugeot factory driver Pagenaud is understood to have spearheaded the Penske effort that will bring the legendary name back to La Sarthe, at least virtually, for the first time since 1971.
Taylor and Montoya also boast previous real-life Le Mans experience, with the Colombian claiming a LMP2 class podium finish in 2018.