Starworks to enter LMPC class for remaining ALMS rounds and beyond

Regular Starworks driver Alex Popow will drive in Maryland the ORECA FLM09 with its current RSR Racing driver Bruno Junqueira.

Starworks Motorsport is entering the remaining four rounds of the 2013 American Le Mans Series in the LMPC category (Le Mans Prototype Challenge). With the team taking delivery of a second LMPC car shortly, its plan is to also enter the LMPC class alongside its two Daytona Protoypes in the new United Sports Car Racing series for 2014.

#9 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09: Bruno Junqueira, Duncan Ende
#9 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09: Bruno Junqueira, Duncan Ende

Photo by: Emily Rogers

The Fort Lauderdale squad has purchased the ORECA FLM09 from RSR Racing (Michigan). Run by Paul Gentilozzi and his sons John and Tony, the team is currently third in the ALMS team standings. Due to time constraints, and not to leave RSR Racing out of the 2013 title fight, the Starworks car will be entered and run by ‘RSR Racing’ at the Grand Prix Baltimore next weekend.

Regular Starworks driver Alex Popow will drive in Maryland with current RSR Racing driver Bruno Junqueira (who is currently fifth in the ALMS drivers’ standings). RSR Racing plans to continue with Bruno and Duncan Ende at the following round at Circuit of the Americas, Texas.

Post the Grand Prix of Baltimore Starworks plans to run the LMPC car as ‘Starworks Popow’ for the remaining three ALMS races. Alex will be joined by Ryan Dalziel at COTA and for the Oak Tree Grand Prix, Virginia International Raceway. The team is currently looking at driver options for the final round of the season - Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, October 16-19.

Peter Baron, Starworks Motorsport Team Owner: "We have had tremendous interest from drivers wanting us to run a LMPC car for this and next season. There are a ton of unanswered questions for the merged DP and LMP2 class in the USCR series and people seem to be hesitant to jump in for 2014. The beautiful thing about LMPC is that it matches equally rated drivers in an incredibly fun car, with no worries about balance of performance."

About LMPC: The LMP Challenge class features the ORECA FLM09 prototype. The race car has a minimum weight of 900 kilograms – without driver and fuel like its P1 and P2 brethren – with 430 hp. The FLM09 features a full carbon fiber chassis, carbon brakes, and an Xtrac sequential gearbox with paddle shifting. All PC cars race on single-supply Michelin tires. All PC race cars have purple car numbers and a single green light at the rear of the car.

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