Team Racing Nederland announced on Thursday (December 2) that in 2022 it will compete in the LMP2 class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the four Michelin Endurance Cup races. four endurance events. In addition, INDYCAR driver Rinus VeeKay will join the Rolex 24 team in Daytona. The team is sponsored by Jumbo, a private supermarket chain in the Netherlands where Van Erdt is CEO.
“If we won in [FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 Pro-Am] The timing of this new challenge is perfect,” says Van Erd via Google Translate. “I made no secret of it after our participation in [European Le Mans Series in 2017] and the [FIA World Endurance Championship since 2018 that] I also wanted to race in America with Racing Team Netherlands. I studied in America and even attended IMSA races during that time. So now that we are going to drive the four biggest races of IMSA, for me it really is a dream that exists. At the beginning of 2021 we also ran 24 Hours in Daytona. That was a great experience and I am very happy that it is now continuing.”
Racing Team Netherlands comes to have spent the last three seasons (since 2018) in the FIA World Endurance Championship. the team took part in the European Le Mans Championships. Competition in both groups was in the LMP2 class, first with the Dallara P217-Gibson, then the current ORECA 07-Gibson.
As Van Erd noted, Racing Nederland made an earlier Rolex 24 appearance at Daytona earlier this year with Van Erd, van der Garde, Jupp van Uytert (pictured here) and Charles Millesi at the wheel. Unfortunately the team’s race too early. Van Erdt starts the car at the end of the end of the end of the end of the end of the track. While they were able to continue after that accident, the car was pushed behind a wall on the next warning and egress.
This year in the WEC, only Van Erdt was able to participate in all six races. Van der Garde and van Uetert were Van der Gard’s full-time teammates, but van der Garde tested positive for COVID-19 in June. This forced zoom out of Monza for 6 hours. Van Uetert came into close contact and he also excluded him. Paul-Loup Chatin and ABB 2021 Formula E World Champion Nyck de Vries have been published.
Update: Giedo has tested positive for covid. He will be replaced next weekend by Paul Loeb Schaten, who won the ELMS race last Sunday.
– Racing Team Netherlands (RacingTeamNL) July 15, 2021
Overall, Van Erdt finishes eighth in the LMP2 points with the best third in Monza with his bench mates. His best result with Van der Garde and Van Uetert was fourth place at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in May. In the Pro-Am Championship, Van Eerd won four out of six races, earning him the Pro-Am title with 21 points.
For Vichai, his debut will be at Daytona at Racing Nederland. She unites more closely with Jumbo, who is meticulous as a personal sponsor.
“I think it would be great to drive the 24 Hours of Daytona with Racing Team Netherlands,” Vichai said in a press release. “It has always been my dream to race chips [van Eerd]Faithful Shepherd. That this dream now is a great good! “
For VeeKay, Daytona would not be his first start at IMSA. Last year, VeeKay was part of the leadership team to compete in DragonSpeed’s 81st LMP2 entry. Unfortunately the car stopped after 53 laps due to a faulty Gibson engine. VeeKay couldn’t get in the car until she retired. VeeKay also has personal sponsorship at Jumbo.
“[Being] “Being part of Racing Team Netherlands is a great opportunity,” said Morey. “Can’t wait for my first jumbo race later in Daytona and hopefully this year we can win races and fight for [Michelin Endurance Cup] nickname.”
Morey joins Racing Team Netherlands after he has worked full time alongside Jim Cox in the LMP3 class for Riley Motorsports, with Jeroen Bleekemolen in endurance racing and Austin McCusker at Daytona. In seven races this has not achieved a class win in years, but has five podiums en route to third place with 3 points. His best result was second place at Sebring and Watkins Glen (July). It will debut on LMP2 in January.
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