Porsche and Penske will join forces from 2023 on, in IMSA and WEC. The 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans is set to be one of the most exciting editions in the history of the event.
Stuttgart and Mooresville reached a historical agreement. One of the most famous American motorsports teams will join forces with the most successful car manufacturer at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to try to claim victories at the world’s most prestigious races.
Both manufacturers already collaborated, back in 2006, when Penske used to dominate the American Le Mans Series thanks to the famous Porsche RS Spyder.
The Stuttgart-based manufacturer already announced its commitment to the 2023 IMSA championship, in LMDh. Thanks to the new Hypercar regulations in WEC, it is now possible for IMSA competitors and, therefore, LMDh competitors, to race in WEC and especially at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“As of 2023, Porsche will compete in the major endurance racing series. Our intention is to support and shape the new era with our LMDh prototypes,” Michael Steiner, Porsche’s Board Member for Research and Development stated.
This will allow Porsche to take part in endurance’s most prestigious races, such as Daytona, Sebring, or Le Mans, with a single car, and being registered in a single championship.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Penske will bring its massive racing experience on the American ground, promising breath-taking battles in 2023. Audi and Acura are also set to enter IMSA in 2023, while Ferrari will build its own LMH car, to participate in WEC. The 91st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans’ is already set to be epic.
“We are delighted that we were able to get Team Penske to form this partnership,” said Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG.
“For the first time in the history of Porsche Motorsport, our company will have a global team competing in the world’s two largest endurance series.”
“To this end, we will be setting up team bases on both sides of the Atlantic. This will enable us to create the optimal structures we will need to take overall victories at Le Mans, Daytona, and Sebring, for example.”
“This is a proud day for our entire Penske organization,” Roger Penske, team principal, and director of Team Penske added.
“I can’t wait to get started as we build a global racing program with Porsche that will compete for wins and championships well into the future,” he added.