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New Look ORECA, Driving Crew For Rebellion At Petit

Menezes, Heidfeld and Beche to take on Road Atlanta

Rebellion Racing is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next weekend, for the season finale at Petit Le Mans.

For this special race, the 20th running of the Georgian endurance classic, the team will searching for its third overall victory, racing with a fresh livery on its ORECA 07 Gibson and a new driver line-up.

Taking on the race will be team veteran Nick Heidfeld, who raced with the team for multiple years in LMP1, winning Petit with the team in 2013, current WEC racer Mathias Beche and Signatech Alpine’s Gustavo Menezes, in for his second IMSA race of the season after competing with 3GT Racing at Daytona.

When the Rebellion team raced in IMSA earlier this year at Daytona and Sebring, it competed with Heidfeld, Toyota LMP1 driver Sebastien Buemi and Porsche LMP1’s Neel Jani. Buemi’s fellow Toyota teammate Stephane Sarrazin also raced with the team, as a fourth driver at Daytona.

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to compete in Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans,” Menezes said. “Over the last two years, I have been competing in the WEC championship in the LMP2 category and to finally be able to go do a race in the insane championship in the same car is fantastic.

“Also I am really looking forward to joining the Rebellion boys for the race, we have always been good friends and although we compete against each others during the WEC season, I am an ambassador for the brand so it’s actually really special to be able to extend the partnership! I can’t wait to get started come Wednesday in Atlanta, especially with Rebellion’s track history there.”

“It’s been six months since our last race in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship and in that time, we have learned a lot more about the Oreca 07 LMP2 car,” Bart Hayden, Rebellion Racing’s team manager, said.

“We have a different driver line-up from when we raced at Sebring, but the drivers that will be in our car for the season finale at Atlanta have shown their pace previously, so we know that we will be competitive.

“On our last two visits to the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, we won the race outright, so we will be trying to keep that record going.”

You can read DSC’s summary of the 38-car entry list for this year’s Petit Le Mans HERE >>