IMSA: PR1 chooses compact Petit Le Mans lineup in search of strong finish

IMSA: PR1 chooses compact Petit Le Mans lineup in search of strong finish


IMSA: PR1 chooses compact Petit Le Mans lineup in search of strong finish

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PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports co-owner Bobby Oergel left last year’s ALMS series finale at Petit Le Mans on a high as driver Mike Guasch celebrated his first championship in the PC category. 12 months later, Oergel heads to Petit without a title on the line, and after a frustrating season highlighted by a single podium visit with the No. 52 ORECA FLM09, the California-based team has set its sights on nothing less than a victory.

“We have one more chance to throw a big hurrah into this season at Petit Le Mans, and our results this year haven’t been for a lack of trying,” Oergel told RACER. “It seems like every race we’ve been in this year, we’ve been really competitive and even had almost a lap on everybody at Sebring before we got caught up in a big crash. Our big thing is to maintain our track record – we haven’t had a mechanical issue in two and a half years – and come out of Petit with a win.”

PR1 will keep its roster simple at Petit, electing to stay with a two-driver rotation of Gunnar Jeanette and Frankie Montecalvo in the hope that consistency inside the cockpit will produce their desired result.

“I just thought we need to march forward with the two guys and limit the liabilities, and with them, we’re hoping to put an exclamation point on a cloudy season,” Oergel noted.

Planning for the team’s 2015 PC program will start shortly after the PR1 team returns to its base near the Buttonwillow circuit, but not before Oergel and his tight-knit operation bid farewell to the 2014 season with a bit of fun.

“We’ve had a tough year, everyone’s been working really hard, so we’re going to have a fun day after the last race and invite all of our partners, sponsors, drivers, drivers who might race for us next year, all of our crew, get everybody together and bring the cars out and have a fun track day,” he said.

“We did it the first couple of years we ran the PC car and we haven’t had the time recently, so we want to get everybody together and reboot. Then we’ll start worrying about next season.”​