Porsche unveils line-ups for IMSA and FIA WEC
For Porsche’s return to the premier categories of Endurance, IMSA or FIA WEC, the team which is making common cause with Team Penske to form Porsche Penske Motorsport is announcing its crews in the various championships.
The LMDh Porsche 963 prototype will debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in late January. This endurance classic marks the start of the IMSA championship season. During the year, the new factory team will also compete in the Sebring and Petit Le Mans events at Road Atlanta in North America.
Porsche announces its crews for its 2023 campaign
In addition to the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) world championship title, Porsche Penske Motorsport has set itself another big goal: In June, the team is aiming for Porsche’s 20th victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the 963. In addition to the French classic, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2023, the FIA WEC will be contested in Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Bahrain and the United States.
Ten factory drivers from the Porsche Motorsport team will share the wheel of the four 963s in the World Endurance Championship and the North American IMSA Championship. The Porsche Penske Motorsport team operates from two locations: The Mannheim (Germany) branch is responsible for the FIA WEC, while the IMSA vehicles are prepared in Mooresville, North Carolina (USA).
For its first season, the new Porsche 963 will also be available for customers to compete in both endurance series. Confirmed teams are JDC Miller MotorSports (IMSA) as well as Jota Sport and Proton Competition (WEC).
FIA WEC crews
Three factory drivers will share the cockpits of the two Porsche 963s in the FIA WEC. Car #5 was reserved for Dane Cameron, Michael Christensen and Frédéric Makowiecki, while sister car #6 was assigned to Kévin Estre, André Lotterer and Laurens Vanthoor. Gianmaria Bruni, Romain Dumas, Richard Lietz and Thomas Preining are also part of the 2023 factory driver contingent. Detailed driver programs are being finalised.
The most notable change includes the return to Porsche of Nick Tandy after a two-year hiatus. For 2023, the 38-year-old Englishman, from Bedford, shares the No. 6 Porsche with Frenchman Mathieu Jaminet in the IMSA series. At the 24 Hours of Daytona, the duo receives support from Dane Cameron. The second #7 LMDh prototype in the North American championship is driven by Matt Campbell and Felipe Nasr, with Michael Christensen being the third driver at Daytona.
“Sustainability and electrification are of great importance for a sports car manufacturer like Porsche. Our motorsport activities reflect this,” adds Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President of Porsche Motorsport.
“The new GT4 e-Performance is an example of this. This highly innovative prototype represents our vision of a 100% electric-powered customer sports racing vehicle. We compete in Formula E with the Porsche 99X Electric Gen3, and the new 963 features hybrid technology.During the 2023 season, the 911 GT3 Cup vehicles in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup are expected to switch to sustainable fuels from our partner HIF Global’s pilot facility in Chile.This shows that we are doing great strides towards sustainability in motor racing, like. And counting. »