Top ALMS teams Pickett Racing and Level 5 to enter USC PC class
|By Gary Watkins||Thursday, November 14th 2013, 10:08 GMT|
American Le Mans Series champion teams Pickett Racing and Level 5 are entering the one-make PC prototype class in the next year's new United SportsCar Championship.
Pickett, which won the overall LMP1 ALMS title with Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf in 2012-2013, is returning to the PC category for the ORECA-Chevrolet FLM09 for the first time since running a car in the opening three races of last year's series.
Team boss Greg Pickett explained that a return to PC offered the chance "to get an up close and personal look at some up and coming talent", while suggesting there were further announcements to come about a replacement for its HPD ARX-03c on the disappearance of the LMP1 class in North American sportscar racing.
"This is only one piece of the puzzle that has fallen into place for us. All I can say is that we're very excited about the future," said Pickett.
Level 5, which won the P2 this year with team owner Scott Tucker, is looking to run in PC on a customer basis in 2014.
Tucker, who won the PC division of the ALMS in 2010, is unlikely to contest a full season of USC events next season.
The team has also purchased two Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 cars for the GTD class and also retains its pair of HPD ARX-03b LMP2s and two Lolas it ran in 2011.
The team will test a number of drivers at this weekend's official USC test at Sebring.
Level 5 team manager David Stone said: "We're expecting there will be a good representation of drivers for testing at Sebring from both America and Europe.
"Rebranding the team to tailor to a customer's desire is an option. With credentials like ours, we're confident that people will trust us to get the job done for them."