Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series team Rick Ware Racing has confirmed their partnership with EuroInternational with a planned two-car Ligier JS P2 effort in the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series, this the completion of the plan trailed by DSC last month here.
The Asian series effort is an attempt to secure the team an automatic Le Mans 24 Hours entry for 2020, the class Championship winner in LMP2 Am set to be rewarded with a single-car entry for June’s classic.
Cody Ware is the first confirmed driver for the newly expanded team.
Rick Ware: “As RWR prepares for its 30th year in motorsports in 2020, I look forward to expanding and growing the brand and the business model. RWR has had success in the past at the Daytona 24 and IMSA with GT cars (twice entering GT cars in the Rolex 24 in 2011 and 2012) as well as Lamborghini Super Trofeo.
“As our sponsors crave even more social media and content, as well as hospitality, road racing has become very justifiable. We are excited to transition many of our NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series sponsors, as well as cultivate new ones. Between the two I feel like RWR is covering the complete spectrum of demographics and potential sponsor needs. We have run many drivers from overseas in the past, but with the interest of the Asian Le Mans Series, I believe it will be the catalyst for continuing our open-door policy for drivers and sponsors to also be part of the NASCAR model.
“One of my personal dreams has always been to get to Le Mans, and the ALMS is the first step. It will also help in the learning curve as we prepare for IMSA and the LMP2 series here in the States. RWR will be building content and entertaining sponsors in over 100 races between NASCAR CUP, XFINITY, IMSA LMP2 and ALMS in 2020.”
“I am excited to have Antonio Ferrari head up my program for 2019-2020 in Asia as well as Le Mans. 30 plus years of road racing experience in the US, Europe as well as the INDY 500. As we grow the brand we need people like Antonio who are hardcore racers and has had so much success.”
Rick adds “we have brought in Eric Burch (from P1) full time to head up management for RWR world-wide. With Eric’s experience at every major venue around the globe, he is important in helping secure drivers, logistics and working with sponsors and our marketing on the NASCAR side. In addition to the right calibre of staff, I wanted to roll out our first season with the right inventory of equipment, and Jacques Nicolet from Ligier Automotive has been great to work with from the start. The long-standing relationship with him and Antonio makes it even better. RWR is excited to grow our clientele base and continue to be a value for companies in the US and now beyond, now if we could just get 8 days in a week!”
Eric Burch has been hired as the General Manager of RWR’s world-wide operations and the link with Antonio Ferrari as Team Manager was one of this first acts for the team.
“I appreciate Ricks trust in my abilities to run a championship-calibre program. I’ll be pulling double duty as I’ll also be running P1 Groupe, but understand my ability to secure the right driving lineup that can win the championship for RWR and get to Le Mans and beyond is of the highest priority.”
Antonio Ferrari: “The entire Eurointernational Team is excited to begin a global partnership with RWR. The association with a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup brings new and important programs going forward. ” said Antonio Ferrari, CEO of Eurointernational Group “Thank you to Rick Ware Racing, P1 Groupe and Ligier Automotive for the opportunity to take on the challenge in winning the ALMS P2 AM category and getting to Le Mans in 2020”.
“I am beyond words to be entering the 2019/2020 Asian Le Mans Series championship alongside Antonio Ferrari with Ligier in one of their LMP2 cars. Making the step into the international racing scene has been a dream of mine since I was young.
“To get the opportunity to work with Antonio and learn from him with all his success and knowledge really has me confident in building a future overseas. Driving in a prototype will be far from what I am familiar with the past few years in NASCAR, but I am at ease knowing that I will be working with one of the best in prototype racing and am confident in the success to come.”
RWR has also announced that they are set too to campaign a P2 prototype in the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship but have yet to release details of the US programme.