Trio of 2019 IMSA GTD contenders revealed

December 10, 2018

Trio of 2019 IMSA GTD contenders revealed

December 10, 2018

Three teams have revealed their lineups for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona class. Any of the three could win this year’s GTD championship.

NEW LINEUP FOR MILLER LAMBORGHINI

Photo: Michelin

Paul Miller Racing and Lamborghini returns to defend their GTD titles. However, their lineup is slightly tweaked.

Bryan Sellers resumes in the No. 48 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo, with Ryan Hardwick his new full-season co-driver. Hardwick has Lamborghini Super Trofeo and World Final championships on his resume and brings in new sponsors 1st Phorm International (new primary sponsor) and Mountain Motorsports to join TOTAL Lubricants. Corey Lewis continues as third driver for Michelin Endurance Cup races.

While Sellers won’t get the chance to defend his title with Madison Snow, he’s still optimistic of an encore. Snow will focus on his family’s manufacturing business following his IMSA driver rating getting upgraded from Silver to Gold.

“I’m very honored to be returning to Paul Miller Racing for my fourth season,” said Sellers. “This will be a new program for us and I am extremely excited about pairing with Ryan Hardwick for the season. I was able to watch him race in Super Trofeo last season, and his growth and commitment through the year was impressive. He will be a great fit within our team.”

AN IMSA PORSCHE “PATMOBILE”

Photo: Park Place Motorsports

Patrick Long and Patrick Lindsey will share the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R in a full season. Long and Lindsey have past team experience together in 2013, and together they’ll look to win Dallas-based Park Place a crown in the new generation 911 GT3.

“I’m extremely excited for our team this year,” Lindsey said. “We’re growing as a team, and we have the full support of Porsche Motorsport North America to chase a championship.”

Park Place also will field a new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport in the MICHELIN Pilot Challenge. The team also hopes to race in Porsche GT3 USA competition.

Long raced this year with Wright Motorsports, where he won two poles and won at Road America co-driving with Christina Nielsen.

Lindsey split his 2018 season between a partial IMSA campaign and a full-time effort in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Project 1. There, Lindsey races with Joerg Bergmeister and Egidio Perfetti. Heading into that series’ winter break, they still lead the GTE-Am class points standings.

VILANDER TO GTD WITH WEATHERTECH

Photo: WeatherTech Racing

Toni Vilander, like Lindsey, is back in IMSA for a full 2019 season after a partial 2018 effort. The Italian will share Scuderia Corsa’s No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 with Cooper MacNeil. Jeff Westphal and Dominik Farnbacher join for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Vilander won a GT class title in an identical car in another series this year. While he won’t be with Risi Competizione in IMSA next year, he’s keen to add to Scuderia Corsa’s record of winning in GTD.

“It is nice to join the WeatherTech Racing team,” Vilander said. “I have driven with Scuderia Corsa before, so I am familiar with the team. The competition in the GTD class is very strong. There are a lot of good teams and driver line-ups. I am looking forward to having good preparation and a strong race next month.”

MacNeil co-drove with multiple drivers in 2018. Alessandro Balzan, Gunnar Jeannette, Jeff Segal, Daniel Serra and Alessandro Pier Guidi all drove alongside. MacNeil, Jeannette and Serra capped off the 2018 season with a win at Motul Petit Le Mans.

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