Brent O’Neill’s PC championship-winning team will contest the remainder of IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with its ORECA 07-Gibson entry in the Prototype class.
Coming off an impressive fourth-place qualifying performance with the No.38 ORECA at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, plans for the Florida-based team were unclear beyond the opening rounds. Thanks to a new investment from a sponsor that joined the team in January, Performance Tech will participate in every WeatherTech Championship race this season.
“Centinel Spine is really an amazing company,” said O’Neill. “Everything they do is to give people life after spinal disease is important. If you’re in a sport long enough or in racing long enough, you’ll have an injury and a lot of times it’s to the spine.
“This is as important to my drivers as it is my crew guys, you can’t do anything with a bad back. Having them as a sponsor is as much about helping a good cause as it is anything else. John and everyone at Centinel are great people and we’re excited to build something with them.”
Centinel Spine CEO John Viscogliosi offered a strong endorsement for the team and series in the announcement.
“The teamwork and commitment to excellence exhibited by the Performance Tech team at the Rolex 24 At Daytona last month confirmed that this is the right partnership to support our mission to raise awareness that spinal injury or disease does not need to result in a change in lifestyle,” he said. “We are proud to be part of the Performance Tech family and look forward to working as a team to better educate race fans and the general public.”
O’Neill also thanked the racing community for the outpouring of support for his daughter, who was fortunate to escape the mass murder that took place on Wednesday at her school in Parkland, FL.
“She was locked in a closet for three hours during the ordeal, and was fortunate to be rescued after it was over,” he said. “So many people in racing, once they learned about it, have reached out and given their support to her. We’re really thankful for that in the middle of what’s been a heartbreaking tragedy for so many here.”