Meet the Michelin in IMSA Canadian Crew

July 4, 2019

Meet the Michelin in IMSA Canadian Crew

July 4, 2019

This photo includes: Parker Thompson, Michal Chlumecky, Orey Fidani, Remo Ruscitti, Marco Cirone, Fred Roberts, Jesse Lazare, James Vance, Mark Wilkins, Brad Baker, Zacharie Robichon, Dean Baker and Cameron Cassels. Photo: Michelin North America

With nearly two dozen Canadian drivers racing in Michelin’s three IMSA race series this weekend, here’s a quick introduction to them all (not all pictured above in photo from Mid-Ohio).

WeatherTech Championship

38 Cameron Cassels, Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca 07, LMP2 and 75 Performance Tech Motorsports Ligier LMP3

  • Races full-time in both the WeatherTech Championship and Prototype Challenge
  • 50 years old; only recently started racing within the last three years
  • LMP2 class winner at 2019 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
  • Four MICHELIN Pilot Challenge career victories in the GS class

52 Dalton Kellett, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca 07

  • Veteran of Road to Indy open-wheel ladder system since 2012, currently competing in Indy Lights with Juncos Racing
  • Has CTMP track experience in the ladder earlier this decade
  • 25-year-old holds an engineering degree from Queens University
Hargrove and Robichon. Photo: Michelin North America

9 Scott Hargrove, PFAFF Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, GTD and 13 AWA Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, GS (MICHELIN Pilot Challenge)

  • Named Porsche “Selected Driver” for 2019, a designation for talented young drivers
  • Has won multiple one-make Porsche championships, including Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin series in 2014
  • A past junior open-wheel series champion in 2013, has transitioned nicely to sports cars

9 Zacharie Robichon, PFAFF Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, GTD

  • Multiple race wins in U.S. and Canadian one-make Porsche championships, including GT3 Cup Canada title in 2018
  • Won his first WeatherTech Sprint Cup pole in Detroit driving for Park Place Motorsports
MICHELIN Pilot Challenge
GS

13 Orey Fidani, AWA Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, GS

  • Past class champion in GT3 Cup Canada
  • Chairman of Orlando Corporation in Canada; this is a real estate company

59 Kenny Wilden, KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4, GS

  • Past MICHELIN Pilot Challenge champion in GS in 2009 (with Dean Martin)
  • Started in open-wheel but a consistent sports car veteran for better part of two decades
Marcelli (center) celebrated a class win at Sebring last November. Photo: Michelin North America

60 Kyle Marcelli, KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4, GS

  • Regular winner in WeatherTech Championship (GTD, LMPC) and MICHELIN Pilot Challenge (GS) series.
  • Finished second in MPC points in 2018

69 Jesse Lazare, MIA Racing McLaren 570S GT4, GS

  • Past Porsche GT3 USA champion, Rolex 24 At Daytona class winner
  • Early season leader of 2019 MICHELIN Pilot Challenge points standings
Wittmer (right) with Paul Holton. Has new co-driver, Paul Rees, this weekend. Photo: Michelin North America

75 Kuno Wittmer, Compass Racing McLaren 570S GT4, GS

  • Extensive sports car history for nearly 20 years, 250+ races
  • 2014 IMSA GT Le Mans class champion
  • Won first MICHELIN Pilot Challenge race of 2019 co-driving with Paul Holton at Daytona

6 Danny Hok/Philip Holtrust, Atlantic Mercedes-AMG GT4, GS

  • Local entry making season debut here at CTMP
TCR

23 James Vance, FAST MD Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR, TCR

  • Younger driver with handful of IMSA podiums in both WeatherTech Championship (LMPC) and MICHELIN Pilot Challenge (TCR)

81 Remo Ruscitti / Marco Cirone, Mark Motors Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR, TCR

  • Ruscitti is a talented young driver in this pro/am lineup. They have impressed in two starts with this car and tire so far, second at Michelin Encore non-points race last November and fourth in Mid-Ohio last race

98 Mark Wilkins, Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N TCR, TCR

  • Veteran driver from Toronto with plethora of wins in sports car competition
  • Won Hyundai’s first IMSA race last race at Mid-Ohio, co-driving with Michael Lewis
Prototype Challenge

2 Michal Chlumecky, ANSA Motorsports Ligier LMP3

  • Moves up to LMP3 cars from now defunct MPC class this season; debuted at Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore last November

19 Brad Baker & Dean Baker, Performance Tech Ligier LMP3

  • Brothers who have raced with open-wheel and sports car veterans Jan Heylen and Bruno Junqueira as coaches/co-drivers

23 Anthony Simone, Gilbert/Korthoff Motorsports Norma M30 LMP3

  • 25+ years between stock car, open wheel and sports car competition

51 Garett Grist, K2R Motorsports Ligier LMP3

  • Another young talent who’s moved from open-wheel to sports cars
  • Won first pole of 2019 in Daytona; has a Petit Le Mans class win on resume in 2017
Photo: Michelin North America

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