Pickett considering Le Mans invitation

Pickett considering Le Mans invitation

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Pickett considering Le Mans invitation

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The Muscle Milk Pickett Racing team has plenty to do as it prepares a new P2 chassis and engine combination for the upcoming Roar Before the 24 test at Daytona, making its recent invite to participate in the 82nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans an interesting proposition for the reigning ALMS P1 champions.

If getting its new ORECA 03-Nissan (ABOVE) ready to contest the full TUDOR United SportsCar Championship wasn’t enough of a challenge, the team is also evaluating whether a trip to Le Mans can be added to its calendar.

“We’ve started a big partnership with ORECA, they’ve sent some people over to help us get ready for the Rolex 24, our guys went over to ORECA to build the car and they’ve been tremendous to work with,” Pickett Racing team manager/engineer Brandon Fry told RACER. “They’ve offered their support for Le Mans, should we choose to do it, so that would be a benefit and would make us feel comfortable about going over there.”

Team owner Greg Pickett participated at Le Mans in 2008 under the Team Cytosport banner (RIGHT, Marshall Pruett photo) with drivers Klaus Graf and Jan Lammers, and has continually mentioned his interest in returning to compete in the world’s greatest endurance race.

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing has concentrated on the ALMS P1 category in recent years, claiming back-to-back titles, but with little chance of toppling the big P1 factory teams at Le Mans, Pickett has declined previous opportunities to return to La Sarthe. According to Fry, that could change with the team’s switch to P2.

“We know the ORECA will be a very competitive car, and Greg has always said how much he would like to go back to Le Mans, but only with a real shot at winning,” Fry continued. “He loved racing there as a privateer, and with all of the growth his team has seen since then, he knows he has a team that’s capable of winning. We haven’t made a commitment to go, but it’s definitely something Greg has been thinking about and I know we’d love the challenge if he accepts the invitation.”

Pickett’s Muscle Milk brand continues its European expansion, which could make a promotional tie-in at Le Mans an easy fit.
 
“Greg has always enjoyed a close relationship with the ACO and with Muscle Milk’s growth in Western Europe, there’s a good commercial opportunity there as well,” said Fry. “The 24 Hours of Le Mans could be a great event to further establish the brand, as Greg has mentioned, so we have a lot to think about and would need to make a decision fairly soon.”

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