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RSR Confirms PC Lineup, Closing in on FIA WEC LMP2 Effort for 2015

RSR confirms Hawksworth, Cumming for PC, closing in on WEC effort…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

RSR Racing is likely to be competing on multiple fronts in 2015, as the team has finalized a return to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in Prototype Challenge, while also closing in on a LMP2 program in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Team principal Paul Gentilozzi confirmed to Sportscar365 that Jack Hawksworth will return to the wheel of the No. 08 Oreca FLM09, teaming again with Chris Cumming, the same pairing that took the team to victory at Indianapolis in July.

The 23-year-old Briton, who has recently signed with AJ Foyt Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series, will contest all non-conflicting TUDOR Championship rounds, with the remainder of the driver lineup for the endurance races still to be determined.

PC conflict weekends occur the last weekend of June, when IndyCar is at Auto Club Speedway and the TUDOR Championship at Watkins Glen and July 12, with Milwaukee and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

What would have been another PC-IndyCar conflict, on Aug. 23 has been averted with PC’s date at VIR moved to Detroit on May 30.

While Gentilozzi said he’s in talks with multiple parties for the team’s second season-long PC entry, he is also close to finalizing an all-new program that would see the Michigan-based team expand to the FIA WEC with an Oreca 03R Nissan.

“We’ve got to push that one way or another in the next ten days at most,” Gentilozzi told Sportscar365. “We’re looking hard at that and we sure would love to do it.

“We have about two-thirds of the funding we need to get this done. If we can’t get enough money to do WEC, we’ll just do ELMS as it’s a lot smaller of a budget.”

Gentilozzi has recently made multiple trips to Europe and said he’s currently in advanced talks with two funded drivers for the program. Team regular Bruno Junqueira is likely to complete the lineup, should the deal be given the green light.

“The target is ultimately WEC and Le Mans,” he said. “The way the schedule works, it makes the most sense. If you go to Le Mans, you certainly can’t go to Detroit with a P car [because of the mandatory Le Mans Test Day].”

Its proposed FIA WEC program would mark RSR’s return to Le Mans for the first time since its ill-fated Jaguar XKR GT2 program in 2010.

“The last time we went to Le Mans in 2010, we didn’t do very well,” Gentilozzi said. “There are two endurance races in the world that are at the top of the food chain: Le Mans and Daytona. We’ve had success at Le Mans decades ago but we need to come back and do it right.”

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

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Harrison Bien Aime

    November 6, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    If I were Paul Gentilozzi I would focus on PC in TUSC in 2015. It’s going to be impossible to get a WEC entry next year with the car cap in place

    • Max

      November 6, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      If the WEC entry falls through hopefully it’ll turn into PC + P2 NAEC. The more Prototypes the merrier :).

      • Harrison Bien Aime

        November 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm

        I agree, if the WEC Entry doesn’t materialize. use that P2 Chassis for the NAEC races. In fact I’ll wonder if they will enter said chassis for Daytona and Sebring just to get to grips with it before the WEC Season starts( depending on if they get an Entry)

    • Travis

      November 6, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      They are planning to lease a car from a european team so that car will not come stateside.

      • John Dagys

        November 6, 2014 at 9:28 pm

        It’s not necessary a lease anymore, and the car could come from somewhere other than Europe. But Paul told me ELMS is the backup plan.

        • Harrison Bien Aime

          November 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm

          I didn’t know Paul was looking at the ELMS for 2015. If he doesn’t get a WEC entry, that will be a good backup plan. But maybe it would be good to bring the car Stateside( Daytona and Sebring) in order to get a feel for the machine( gather data), then do some testing in Europe( between Daytona and Sebring, and after Sebring) before the start of the championship that they will take part in WEC or ELMS. And did Paul mention which drivers will be involved in this P2 program? Along with the Chassis and Engines they are looking at?

          • Nate

            November 6, 2014 at 10:03 pm

            I see someone didn’t read the article…

          • JAGLEMANS

            November 7, 2014 at 8:24 am

            Daytona & Sebring is an extra 36hrs of racing, I’m willing to bet that’s more costly than a full ELMS season.

            It’s more cost effective for teams running an ELMS campaign to add WEC rounds, with Silverstone, Spa and the Nurburgring sandwiching Le Mans.

          • stuart

            November 7, 2014 at 9:05 am

            And they use different tires so the data isn’t any good.

        • burbanite

          November 9, 2014 at 6:53 am

          Ex Muscle Milk car? Paul is friends with Greg…

          • Harrison Bien Aime

            November 9, 2014 at 7:45 pm

            They both raced in Trans Am against each other. So yeah I would assume they are really good Friends

  2. Harrison Bien Aime

    November 6, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Nate, I forgot. But who will the two funded drivers be. Still I would hope that RSR brings the car stateside for Daytona and Sebring.

    • susafan

      November 7, 2014 at 4:23 am

      One would be Chris Cummings for sure. But there are also pro-drivers bringing sponsor money in so maybe an open-wheel talent wanting to step up to prototypes. But Klaus Graf also mentioned on racer.com he would have some personal sponsors.

      • Harrison Bien Aime

        November 7, 2014 at 7:12 am

        Cummings will be driving the PC Car next year With Hawksworth.

        • susafan

          November 7, 2014 at 7:27 am

          He could do both like Enzo did.

          • Harrison Bien Aime

            November 7, 2014 at 7:54 am

            I don’t think that’s going to happen. Just have to wait and see who the two other drivers could be that will probably drive alongside Bruno in the P2 Oreca Nissan Next Year.

          • John Dagys

            November 7, 2014 at 9:40 am

            It’s not Chris Cumming. He is focused on PC with RSR.

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