Marcelli back with BAR1 for LMPC title shot

February 7, 2013

Marcelli back with BAR1 for LMPC title shot

February 7, 2013

bar1ALMS PC class ace Kyle Marcelli is set to return to BAR1 Motorsports for his 2013 championship assault.

Marcelli has been a strong performer in the first two years of PC competition, taking four pole positions and two wins. The young Canadian star will return with BAR1 for his second consecutive year with the Brian Alder-owned team.

“I’m very happy to be re-signed by BAR1 Motorsports for the 2013 American Le Mans Series,” said Marcelli.

“Brian has built a very nice team and filled it with some great individuals for 2013. I think I speak for everyone at BAR1 in saying that we are very confident about our program and eager to get underway.”

Joining Marcelli in the No. 8 car will be fellow Canadian, Chris Cumming. Cumming previously competed in the GTC division of the ALMS with JDX Racing, driving a Porsche.

BAR1 will run a second car in the LMPC class as well in 2013 – no drivers have been announced at this stage.

“Chris showed very well in 2012 in the GTC category,” said Marcelli.

“I’m confident he will do a great job this year in prototype. I look forward to working with him and getting him comfortable as quick as possible in the new office. Plus he’s Canadian so at least we cheer for the same hockey team!”


For the longer events, Cumming and Marcelli will have a highly experienced teammate to turn to for advice

Ex-Ferrari and McLaren Formula 1 star Stefan Johansson (pictured right) will join the team for Sebring and Petit Le Mans.

“I am very excited to join BAR1 Motorsports for the 2013 Sebring 12 hour race,” Johansson said.

“Sebring is one of the most challenging and demanding races in the world, it is a true test of both man and machinery. It’s a great honor for me to be invited by BAR1Motorsports for this event.

“It is a team with very high quality people and a great track record. I am looking forward to contribute in every which way I can to add to their collection of trophies”

Brian Alder, team owner, is quite pleased with the team’s accomplishments and the progress made in the off-season.

“We’ve made a lot of headway,” said Alder.

“We’re in a new shop, we’ve put both cars through rigorous refurbishing and built up a strong compliment of spare parts and components. We’ve revisited everyone’s role within the team and put together a very competitive driver line up…. including our third driver options for the longer events. We’re prepared for a serious run at the championship.”

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