Nielsen Racing has added a full-season IMSA Prototype Challenge programme to its 2020 racing season, which is set to include the remaining races of the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series season and an LMP3 effort in Europe.
The British-based team will field the #17 Norma M30 LMP3 for Rob Hodes and Garett Grist in all six-rounds of the US championship, starting with Daytona next month and concluding with Petit Le Mans in October.
The pairing know each other well from recent stints in the Asian Le Mans Series together, first with United Autosports and currently with Nielsen Racing.
Most recently, the pairing finished sixth at Shanghai International Circuit in what was the first round of the Asian Le Mans Series.
“This is very exciting; we’re really looking forward to competing in the US for the first time,” stated Team Principal David ‘Sven’ Thompson.
“We’re delighted to continue our relationship with Rob, Garett and Charles Crews in this exciting programme. We have plenty of experience now with the new Norma from first European Le Mans Series and then from Asia, so we can’t wait to get started in Daytona!”
In 2020 the outgoing-LMP3 chassis will still be eligible for the IMSA Prototype Challenge series in the US. Nielsen Racing has told DSC that it will continue to race in Europe once the new cars begin racing in 2020, with several cars across multiple championships.
The team is known to be a Duqueine Engineering D08 customer, though its full plans for the new breed of LMP3s are not yet revealed.
The first Prototype Challenge event is part of the build-up to the Rolex 24-hours, at The Roar Before the Rolex 24. The three-hour race takes place Saturday, January 4th at 12.15 local time.