Glickenhaus has revealed its driver lineup for the 6 Hours of Monza, for which Ryan Briscoe will be replaced by Franck Mailleux. Team owner Jim Glickenhaus explained his decision.
Glickenhaus had a tumultuous first WEC outing in Portimao, after qualifying in P11 on Saturday the team had an accident when Briscoe misjudged his opponent’s position, forcing three cars off track and inflicting his team a one hour stop for repairs.
The American team is now preparing for the 6 Hours of Monza, taking place on July 18th. Glickenhaus has an even more challenging weekend ahead as they will race two of their LMH cars for the first time, meaning the weekend will be more difficult.
The team has seven official drivers for a maximum of six seats available. However, like many other teams, Glickenhaus has one main goal in mind for the 2021 season: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Monza will therefore stand more as a preparatory race for the Sarthoise race that will take place one month later.
To be well dialed in and prepared for Le Mans, team owner Jim Glickenhaus has made it a point of honor to let all his drivers race and give them all a chance to prove themselves before he will choose his definitive Le Mans lineup. This is the main reason why Briscoe will not drive with Glickenhaus’s main lineup for the second race of the season, as opposed to teammates Romain Dumas and Richard Westbrook. Glickenhaus also emphasized that this temporary replacement had nothing to do with Briscoe’s mistake in Portimao.
“This has nothing to do with what happened in Portimao,” Glickenhaus told Motorsport.com.
“Ryan was fast, he made a mistake, so what? It was always the plan to jigger it around so that after Monza we have all the data on the drivers and can make a decision about Le Mans.”
“We’re feeling good about Monza: we went as low-downforce as possible with this car, which means we are going to be in better shape at Monza and Le Mans than we were in Portimao.”