Cameron targets wins for Penske LMP2 entry in 2022 WEC campaign

Team Penske’s LMP2 campaign in the World Endurance Championship is more than just preparation for running Porsche LMDh cars in 2023, according to driver Dane Cameron.

Cameron targets wins for Penske LMP2 entry in 2022 WEC campaign

It was confirmed today that Penske will run the full WEC season in 2022 with an ORECA-Gibson 07 LMP2 car, ahead of the team’s WEC/IMSA effots with Porsche’s LMDh in 2023.

It will mark the first time Penske has competed at the Le Mans 24 Hours since Mark Donohue and David Hobbs drove the team’s Ferrari 512M but retired early.

The drivers for Penske’s LMP2 effort will be 2018 and 2021 IMSA champion Felipe Nasr, 2016 and 2019 IMSA champion Cameron, and two-time WEC GT world champion Emmanuel Collard.

“We look forward to learning as much as we can about the WEC process in 2022 as most of our competition has competed in this series for many years,” said Team Penske president Tim Cindric.

“Much like the approach we took by running Road Atlanta in 2017 when we returned to [IMSA] sportscar racing after an eight-year hiatus, we think the LMP2 class provides us a means of gaining valuable experience as we continue to build our program to compete full-time in the IMSA and WEC LMDh class.”

However, Cameron said the team was also looking to win in LMP2.

“Outside of Sebring and Spa, racing at some of these historic tracks all around the world will be a new experience for both myself and the team,” said Cameron, who raced for Team Penske from 2018-2020. “We want to learn, but we also want to be competitive and race for class wins.

“This will also be a great opportunity to build our notebooks to be even better prepared for the future. I’m excited to race at these historic tracks against some great competition in WEC, and it’s going to be incredible to compete for Team Penske at Le Mans.”

#6 Penske ORECA LMP2, P: Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Juan Pablo Montoya

#6 Penske ORECA LMP2, P: Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Juan Pablo Montoya

Photo by: Jake Galstad / Motorsport Images

Former F1 driver Nasr added: “Joining Team Penske in a great opportunity and I can’t wait to compete in WEC and return to Le Mans this year. I know we’ll learn a lot as a team as we develop our program and gain some great experience.

“I’m really excited to get to work as we begin to build momentum for the future.”

Read Also:

Collard, now 50, is the silver-rated driver in the trio. He has competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 24 times and raced the Porsche RS Spyder for Team Penske in six races in the American Le Mans Series between 2006-08.

He also raced the same model to P2 victory at Le Mans in 2009, driving for Team Essex, and took a P2 class win at Petit Le Mans in 2006 and overall victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2008.

shares
comments

Related video

Penske LMP2 entry headlines record 39-car grid in 2022 WEC
Previous article

Penske LMP2 entry headlines record 39-car grid in 2022 WEC

Next article

WEC rejects ByKolles Le Mans Hypercar entry for 2022

WEC rejects ByKolles Le Mans Hypercar entry for 2022
Load comments
How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa Plus

How Toyota’s sole survivor turned the tables at Spa

After a chastening opening to the season at Sebring that ended in an enormous accident, Toyota's #7 crew got their World Endurance Championship underway with victory at a treacherously slippery Spa to make up for its sister car's Sebring defeat to Alpine, as Glickenhaus's promising qualifying turned to disaster in the race

WEC
May 9, 2022
The Chinese sportscar protege targeting a path to the top with Porsche Plus

The Chinese sportscar protege targeting a path to the top with Porsche

Yifei Ye came within one lap of winning the LMP2 class on his Le Mans 24 Hours debut last year, and his eye-catching 2021 has gained Porsche’s interest. With the German manufacturer preparing for a return to the top tier, the Chinese youngster is on the path to join it

WEC
Apr 14, 2022
How WEC got off to a stormy start in 2022 as rulemakers dampen Toyota's dominance Plus

How WEC got off to a stormy start in 2022 as rulemakers dampen Toyota's dominance

Toyota’s stranglehold on the World Endurance Championship ended at the 2022 opener at Sebring, but all accusing eyes were on the Balance of Performance system as the key to the shake-up. Here's how it unfolded, to see Alpine celebrating under a stormy sky having blown away the defending champions

WEC
Mar 21, 2022
Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year Plus

Why Penske remains ambitious for its WEC learning year

Team Penske is gearing up for its role in running Porsche’s LMDh programme from 2023 by entering this year's World Endurance Championship with an LMP2 car. Although the team is considering 2022 as a season to learn, it is no less serious about winning than ever - which should make the already fiercely competitive class even more so

WEC
Mar 17, 2022
Why Peugeot couldn't afford to take a Le Mans gamble in 2022 Plus

Why Peugeot couldn't afford to take a Le Mans gamble in 2022

Ahead of the much-anticipated arrival of its new 9X8 Hypercar, Peugeot revealed that it would not be entering this year's Le Mans 24 Hours with its incoming machinery. Although development restrictions for homologated cars are partially responsible, the French marque can draw on its own lessons from its history in sportscars

WEC
Feb 28, 2022
Why two names for the same thing could cloud sportscar racing's new golden era Plus

Why two names for the same thing could cloud sportscar racing's new golden era

OPINION: The adoption by IMSA of the GTP name for its forthcoming LMDh versus Le Mans Hypercar era in 2023 appeals to fans of nostalgia - but it undermines the commonality achieved by bringing its rulebook into line with the World Endurance Championship. GTP or Hypercar, both sides should settle on a single name

WEC
Feb 15, 2022
Celebrating the weird and wonderful monsters of sportscar racing Plus

Celebrating the weird and wonderful monsters of sportscar racing

Few disciplines of motorsport offer better possibilities to build a colossus of the track than sportscars. For Autosport's recent Monsters of Motorsport special issue, we picked out some of the finest (and not so fine) that have graced sportscar classics including Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring

Le Mans
Feb 4, 2022
Why an F1-snubbed British world champion has no regrets in retirement Plus

Why an F1-snubbed British world champion has no regrets in retirement

He may not have won the Le Mans 24 Hours - falling agonisingly short in 2016 - and didn't get the opportunities in Formula 1 his talents merited. But after calling time on his professional career last month, Anthony Davidson says his pride in his performances with Peugeot and Toyota in LMP1 mean more than the results he achieved

WEC
Dec 17, 2021