Dalton Kellett Signed to Full 2021 Season Drive with AJ Foyt Racing

Dalton Kellett Signed to Full 2021 Season Drive with AJ Foyt Racing

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AJ Foyt Racing Release:

WALLER, Texas (Dec. 15, 2020)—Canadian Dalton Kellett will drive A.J. Foyt’s No. 4 Chevrolet full-time in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR Series. K-Line Insulators USA returns as the primary sponsor, moving from the No. 14 to the No. 4 for the upcoming season.

The 27-year-old rookie drove for Foyt in eight races this year as driving duties behind the wheel of the No. 14 Chevrolet were shared throughout the 14-race season by three drivers: Kellett, Tony Kanaan and Sebastien Bourdais. Bourdais returns to drive the No. 14 Chevrolet full-time as announced earlier this year.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be back with AJ Foyt Racing for the 2021 season,” said Kellett, who lives in Indianapolis. “Securing a full-time ride is a big boost heading into my sophomore year in INDYCAR. Despite the challenges presented by Covid-19 in 2020, A.J., Larry, and the Foyt team continued to develop their car and elevate the program, while standing by their employees and partners. That’s the kind of team I’m proud to both race for and be a part of. Being paired with Sebastian will be a great opportunity to continue to learn from one of the most experienced veterans in the field. I can’t wait to get back on the track for off-season testing and back behind the wheel in 2021.”

Next year the NTT INDYCAR Series schedule features 17 races, including a doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway in early May and a new street course in Nashville, Tenn. in August.

Despite the challenges of Kellett’s rookie season taking place during a pandemic which sharply curtailed the normal track activity, he displayed a keen ability to stay focused and adapt, which factored into Foyt’s decision to retain Kellett for 2021.

“We are very happy to have Dalton back with the team and more importantly that he will be driving full-time,” said Team President Larry Foyt. “With the limited track time in 2020, it was a tough year to be a rookie, but he jumped in with a great attitude and adjusted to the Indy car quite well. He was getting quicker with each event and had a great test at Barber [Motorsports Park] recently. I think Dalton will truly benefit from having four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais there full-time. I’m really looking forward to seeing how our team progresses in 2021.”

The first scheduled team test will be in January at Sebring International Raceway in central Florida. The 2021 INDYCAR season gets underway on Sunday, March 7th in St. Petersburg, Fla.

PFAFF Motorsports Enters 2021 IMSA GTD Season With New Driver Lineup

PFAFF Motorsports Enters 2021 IMSA GTD Season With New Driver Lineup

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Pfaff Motorsports Release:

TORONTO, December 14, 2020 // Pfaff Motorsports is chomping at the bit ahead of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, following a heavily-condensed 2020 season that saw the Canadian outfit race just two events as a result of COVID-19 travel measures. Ahead of January’s season-opener at Daytona – where the team qualified on pole last season – Pfaff announced a new endurance and full-season driver lineup that sees Porsche factory driver Laurens Vanthoor (BEL) join Zach Robichon (CAN) for the full IMSA calendar in the no. 9 plaid-livery Motul-sponsored Porsche 911 GT3 R. Porsche development driver Lars Kern (GER) returns for North American Endurance Championship rounds, while Porsche factory driver Matt Campbell (AUS) will complete the team’s four-driver roster for the Daytona 24 Hours.

Robichon enjoyed success with Campbell in 2019 with a class win at Road America, and given the team’s strong performances in 2020, the former IMSA GTD Sprint Cup champion expressed excitement ahead of the upcoming season.

“I don’t think we can underestimate the excitement that myself and the team have just to be racing again,” Robichon said. “Looking at both our performances from [Daytona and Road Atlanta] last season, we believe that we can accomplish a lot going into 2021.”

The 2020 season presented its share of challenges for the team, and Pfaff team manager Steve Bortolotti has been busy preparing for the new year, including required personnel changes on top of the impressive driver lineup.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be back in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021,” he said. “Obviously we started last season showing some great promise, and we’re looking to pick up right where we left off. Primarily, I’m looking forward to our four drivers working together; in some way, Lars, Matt and Zach have all worked together. Laurens will be working with the three of them for the first time, but he obviously comes with some incredible experience and an impressive resume, so I’m sure it will be a seamless adaptation between all of them.”

Vanthoor, whose resume includes a 24 Hours of Le Mans class win in 2018, as well as the 2019 IMSA GTLM championship, has been racing as part of Porsche’s top RSR GT program since 2017 and brings with him a great deal of experience with the GT3 R platform.

For him, the move to Pfaff was a natural fit following the announcement by the German manufacturer to put their IMSA GTLM efforts on hold while it evaluates future sportscar endeavors.

“When Porsche announced the end of the current GTLM program, I was disappointed because I love racing in America,” he said. “So to be able to continue here and build on my future in IMSA with Pfaff is something I’m very happy about. I’ve done my homework on Pfaff Motorsports and have heard a lot of good things, so I think together with Zach Robichon, we have a very good package to go for the championship. That’s clearly our goal and mine as well, so I’m very much looking forward to that.”

Daytona marks Campbell’s third time racing in the 24, and following experiences in both the Porsche GT3 R, and a GTLM podium last season with the RSR, the Australian is looking forward to his return with Pfaff Motorsports.

“I’m excited to be back with Pfaff,” he said. “It’s obviously a great team; we had some really good performance here last year with Zach getting pole position. For us drivers, we have the same goal this year and – that’s fighting for the Rolex that everyone is after, and going for the win. I really enjoyed my time with them previously, so I’m looking to get back at it and I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of fun.”

While the team has its sights set on the season’s biggest race next month, Bortolotti notes that Pfaff is entering the new year with a new mindset and long-term approach to the GTD championship.

“Firstly, I would like to thank our partners for sticking by us during all the uncertainty we faced in 2020,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to having Motul back on board for the new season, because they’re instrumental in making all of this possible. Porsche Centre Markham, the Pfaff group’s new dealership, joins Pfaff Porsche on the car alongside our other long-term partners.”

He added: “We’re really looking at the bigger picture in 2021. In 2019, we proved that we had the pace, but I think our downfall was that we were too focused on winning every race we attended. Going in with the mindset of maximizing points week in and week out, I believe with our driver lineup and the team we’ve built that we can contend for the championship. Within that, the wins will come.”

Stay tuned for further announcements from Pfaff Motorsports regarding the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. For more exciting news and behind-the-scenes content, follow @PfaffMotorsports, @Pfaff_Porsche, @Porsche_Markham, and @PfaffAuto on Instagram and Facebook.

Samantha Tan Racing Commits to a Full 2021 Creventic 24H Series Season

Samantha Tan Racing Commits to a Full 2021 Creventic 24H Series Season

For immediate release:

November 26, 2020 – ST Racing is thrilled to announce its participation to the Creventic 24H Series, which will feature 8 races at the most iconic tracks in Europe and North America.

The Canadian outfit had a taste of what this series was all about in Dubai last year and again at Circuit of the Americas (COTA). This time, however, the team will be looking at securing a few titles; GT4 Team Championship, GT4 Driver Championship, Junior Cup, and Ladies Cup.

With the 2021 season kicking-off as early as next January in Dubai, the team has a strong driver line-up that will be joining forces to co-drive ST Racing’s BMW M4 GT4. Regular drivers Samantha Tan, Nick Wittmer and Jon Miller will be joined by Indianapolis 8-Hour winner Chandler Hull.

The team has unfinished business in Dubai as last year the race was stopped 8 hours after the start due to abnormally heavy rain which flooded the track. The Canadian outfit ended this shortened race P7, which did not reflect ST Racing’s true capabilities as they had scored pole position prior to the race, in addition to setting a new GT4 track record, thanks to Nick Wittmer’s strong pace.

During the race, the team ran at the forefront of the field with Samantha Tan in P3 when she had to come down pit road for refueling. Going back on track in P7, the race was under a full course yellow for a full 30 minutes before it was completely stopped due to the weather.

This time around, ST Racing has a strong set of drivers, each with championship-winning pedigrees. Like the drivers, the crew is eager to claim nothing less than a win during this 24-hour race set in beautiful Dubai.

“This series is definitely interesting for me personally, as it involves much more strategy in regards to refueling and changing tires, as well as the series’ Code 60 procedure which replaces double yellow safety-car situations,” explained Samantha Tan, co-driver of the ST Racing BMW M4 GT4. “Last year was our first experience, which was very fun, and I’m proud that we achieved a 3rd place finish at our first ever Creventic race. There are more things to take into consideration than the SprintX races! I am very excited for next season as I look at the calendar and some of my dream tracks are there, like Spa-Francorchamps. I can’t wait to drive against International teams.”

The Canadian driver continued by saying, “we have talented drivers in our team, and we have established ourselves as top runners against renowned teams that have been in the sport for many years. We are building a strong reputation by racing internationally, and I am extremely proud of where the team is right now.”

“ST Racing is the best North America GT4 Team,” stated Canadian driver Nick Wittmer. “Any challenges the team takes on; we absorb it, we fix it, and then, we crush it. ST Racing is a strong team, and I’m very happy to be with them again for the 2021 season. The 24H series is a great organization that runs around the world, and we will be part of that to show what ST Racing has in store for 24-hour races. The driver line-up is strong and capable.”

“I’m thrilled to be starting my 4th season with ST Racing in our BMW M4 GT4 as we set sail for the Creventic 24HR world tour of endurance racing,” shared Jon Miller. “This new chapter marks a logical next step for the team, expanding our reach and applying what we’ve learned to a deep field of competitors on the international stage. I’m looking forward to an unbelievable calendar with a return to Spa and capping the season with a 24 hour at Sebring in November. This isn’t the team’s first endurance race by any means. We ended our SRO season off with a hard-fought 2nd place at the IGTC Indianapolis 8 hour, and in January of this year, we put our GT4 BMW on pole position for the 24 hours of Dubai. Samantha and Nick Wittmer are the stalwarts of the team and I’m thrilled to be joining them again alongside STR newcomer Chandler Hull. Chandler impressed and frustrated us at Indianapolis by driving the winning BMW in the 8-hour race, beating us to the top step. He’s an obvious choice to complete our driver line-up that expects to race for wins.”

“This season will be my first with ST Racing, however, having shared the paddock with them the last two seasons in SRO America, I am very much looking forward to joining them for a 24H Series effort in 2021,” echoed Chandler Smith. “The professionalism and success I have seen from the team makes me confident that our season will be successful. I am also looking forward to spending time behind the wheel of a BMW M4 GT4 in an endurance setting since my previous experience, and other 2021 plans have been in SprintX efforts.”

2021 Calendar

ST Racing will take part in all 8 events of the 2021 24H Series season.

Hankook 24H Dubai: January 14-15-16 2021

Hankook 12H Mugello: March 26-27 2021

Hankook 12H Spa-Francorchamps: April 23-24-25 2021

Hankook 12H Hockenheimring: May 22-23 2021

Hankook 24H Portimao: July 09-10-11 2021

Hankook 24H Barcelona: September 03-04-05 2021

Coppa Florio Hankook 12H Sicily: October 01-02-03 2021

Hankook 24H Sebring: November 12-13-14 2021

 

Raphael Lessard Signs With GMS Racing for select 2021 NCWTS races.

Raphael Lessard Signs With GMS Racing for select 2021 NCWTS races.

November 25/2020

GMS Racing News Release:

Raphael Lessard Racing announced today that the young Quebec driver will race in select races in the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). He will drive a Silverado prepared by the dominant GMS Racing organization that finished in the top three places in the championship in 2020. The agreement with GMS Racing covers 12 races to be determined over the season. In parallel, Raphael Lessard Racing team members are working to find the necessary financing to participate in all 22 events on the 2021 calendar.

The first race of the 2021 NCWTS season will be part of the traditional “Daytona Speed Week,” and will be held on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.

“We are very excited to have Raphael join GMS Racing for part of the 2021 season,” said Mike Beam, President of GMS Racing. “I believe Raphael will be a great addition to our GMS stable and I look forward to seeing him wheel one of our Chevrolets.”

Review of the 2020 season and outlook for 2021

Raphael Lessard ended his 2020 season on a high note, accumulating in the second half of the season one win, four top-five and six top-10 finishes. In addition, he managed to improve from his starting to his finishing position in the incident-free races by 67 places, compared to 14 places in the first eight races of the season.

Q: Raphael, are you satisfied with the progress you made 2020? 

“I learned an incredible amount in all aspects of racing during the 2020 season, about pure driving skills, race strategies, aerodynamics, passing and legally making it difficult for others to pass me, adapting my driving to compensate for any handling issues and helping the team understand any issues to fix them at the next stop, focusing better on my driving despite any adversity. The win at Talladega certainly helped the team and myself gain confidence, and also convinced us that we were able to race with the best and win.”

Q: What does it mean to you to be at GMS Racing for 2021?

“Finding myself with the best team of the 2020 season is unbelievable. They won the championship! I can’t wait to show what we can do aboard such great machines. The team knows how to bring potential winners at every race, a key to a great season. Our team will be great, and I can’t wait to be back on track.”

Q: What is your first goal for the 2021 season?

“To do as many races as possible. I would like to win races and above all finish in the top five in every race, as well as continue to improve my driving.”