DeltaWing cleared to race in American Le Mans Series from 2013
|By Gary Watkins||Monday, September 17th 2012, 19:21 GMT|
The revolutionary DeltaWing sportscar that raced at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours has been cleared to compete in next year's American Le Mans Series and the new championship that will result from the merger of the ALMS and Grand-Am in 2014.
The announcement on the future of the DeltaWing-Nissan DW, which achieves LMP2 levels of performance using only half the fuel, came at the same time that it was confirmed that the car would compete in the Petit Le Mans 1000-mile enduro at Road Atlanta, the final round of this year's ALMS.
ALMS boss Don Panoz, who was a managing partner in the Project 56 team that fielded the DeltaWing at Le Mans, said: "The DeltaWing can race in the 2013 ALMS and it is part of the merger agreement for ALMS and Grand-Am.
"Safety and performance standards have to be achieved, but it needs to be reviewed. For 2014, the new series would incorporate Daytona prototypes, Le Mans prototypes, and maybe even a DeltaWing."
Panoz has stated that he intends to build a production run of DeltaWings to compete in the ALMS next season. He aims to have the first production DeltaWing, developed around a new monocoque, up and running in time for next year's Sebring 12 Hours ALMS opener.
The DeltaWing will be driven at Petit by inaugural PlayStation GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez and former Panoz works driver Gunnar Jeannette. None of the car's drivers from Le Mans, Michael Krumm, Marino Franchitti and Satoshi Motoyama, were available for Petit on October 20.