Canada’s Pfaff Motorsports will increase its commitment to IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona class by shifting from the Sprint Cup calendar to a full season of racing for young Porsche aces Scott Hargrove and Zacharie Robichon.
The all-Canadian duo will share a 911 GT3 R and vie for the GTD championship with the help of Germany’s Lars Kern for all of the endurance events, and Norway’s Dennis Olsen as the fourth Rolex 24 at Daytona driver.
The Porsche DNA is rather extensive with Pfaff’s lineup: Hargrove was recently named as a ‘selected’ driver by the brand, Olsen already owns the ‘selected’ distinction, Kern works as a Porsche engineer between lap record-setting performance behind the wheel, and Robichon claimed the 2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Canada title.
“I am excited to expand our IMSA effort beyond the originally planned sprint championship to include the North American Endurance Cup events,” said Pfaff Motorsports manager Steve Bortolotti. “The challenge for our team will be immense, but the Porsche customer racing model is second-to-none, and their support means we’ll be as prepared as possible for our first endurance races. I’m also happy Scott is becoming a Porsche Selected Driver.
“He is an incredible talent behind the wheel, and a true professional off-track. We are all proud of the role Pfaff has played in his development, and hope this leads to more opportunities in the future with the Porsche brand.”
Porsche Motorsport North America CEO Daniel Armbruster shared similar enthusiasm for the Pfaff operation and its driver roster ahead of its rookie IMSA GTD campaign.
“We introduced our Porsche Selected Driver program last year with the expressed purpose of placing deserving drivers with equally deserving customer programs,” he said. “Scott Hargrove is a perfect representative of a Porsche Selected Driver. He is fast, intelligent and has a honed racing savvy in and out of the cockpit.
“Scott has worked his way up through the Porsche racing ranks, including a seat at the 2014 Porsche Young Driver Academy, which makes it that much more satisfying for us at Porsche Motorsport to name him a 2019 Porsche Selected Driver. We are looking forward to a strong year for Scott and Pfaff Motorsports in the full IMSA WeatherTech Championship next season.”