DP Debut For Team And Driver
Team Sahlen will be starting their new adventure in the Daytona prototype ranks in 2013 with a very useful extra pair of hands, when 2010 ALMS co-champion Simon Pagenaud joins Wayne Cameron and Dane Nonnamaker in the #42 BMW-powered Riley.
“I am delighted to join Team Sahlen for their and my first Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in the Daytona Prototype,” said the 2012 IndyCar Rookie of the Year. “I have had great opportunities in endurance racing in Le Mans 24 and the ALMS.
“Team Sahlen is showing great promises and we will face together a fantastic challenge. It is a proven team in the GT classes and I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to compete in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona for the first time. Dane is a great talent who I watched in Star Mazda, and I am looking forward to start working with Wayne and the whole team. I will do my best to bring my A-game and help the team complete their goals.”
Sahlen will be fielding two DPs at Daytona and throughout the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series, after several seasons of racing Mazda RX-8s in the GT ranks.
“We have been watching Simon Pagenaud for several years, which has included a unique career path going from open wheel to endurance racing and back to open wheel,” said Sporting Director Will Nonnamaker. “We are excited to be bringing him back to endurance racing with the hope of even more success. He is obviously a driver who gets the maximum out of the car. By adding Simon to the already strong line-up of Wayne Nonnamaker and Dane Cameron, we should be well positioned to battle at the front of the very competitive Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona on our first ever race in the Daytona Prototype class.”