Team Penske announced on Tuesday that they will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2023 having entered into a new partnership with German manufacturer Porsche with the new LMDh Prototype category.
Speaking about the news, Team Penske owner and Chairman, Roger Penske said:
“This is a proud day for our entire Penske organization. We have represented Porsche on the track or in our businesses for more than six decades. The heritage and success we have enjoyed together is unparalleled throughout our history. “I can’t wait to get started as we build a global racing program with Porsche that will compete for wins and championships well into the future.”
With the Porsche RS Spyder, Team Penske had taken all the titles in the LMP2 class for three years in succession between 2006 and 2008, beating the faster LMP1 prototypes multiple times. Back in the 1970s, the US-based team had already been extremely successful with the legendary Porsche 917 in the Can-Am series.
Fritz Enzinger, Head of Porsche Motorsport commented on the renewed partnership saying:
“Porsche and Penske share a proven track record of success. This partnership had a lasting impact from 2006 to 2008 on what was then the American Le Mans Series. “Team Penske has made a name for itself with an almost unparalleled success story in motorsport. In the long list of victories to date, however, the name Le Mans has been missing. I hope that we will finally be able to chalk up this success as of 2023 with Porsche Penske Motorsport. This would then mark Porsche’s 20th overall victory at the Sarthe – a dream come true.”
Michael Steiner, Board Member for Research and Development with Porsche commented saying:
“As of 2023, Porsche will compete in the major endurance racing series. Our intention is to support and shape the new era with our LMDh prototypes. “Not only will we be keeping our fingers crossed for the four factory cars we have in total, but also for our customer teams. The new LMDh vehicle will also be entered as a customer car in both series as early as the 2023 season. These partner teams will be given our full support. Whatever insights we gain from our factory effort will also be shared with them.”
Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG stated:
“We are delighted that we were able to get Team Penske to form this partnership. “For the first time in the history of Porsche Motorsport, our company will have a global team competing in the world’s two largest endurance series. To this end, we will be setting up team bases on both sides of the Atlantic. This will enable us to create the optimal structures we will need to take overall victories at Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring, for example.”