Muscle Milk Pickett Racing joins global Nissan Nismo official partner program

The partnership will see the two-time Championship winning team taking part in the Japanese manufacturer's Nismo Global Driver Exchange.

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing joins global Nissan Nismo official partner program

Daytona Beach, FL - Muscle Milk Pickett Racing has joined forces with Nissan, becoming its official partner team in the United States, as Nissan aims to return to its glory days of sportscar success from the late 80s/early 90s.

The partnership will see the two-time Championship winning team not only be powered by Nissan throughout the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, but also take part in the Japanese manufacturer's Nismo Global Driver Exchange.

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing: Lucas Luhr, Klaus Graf
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing: Lucas Luhr, Klaus Graf

Photo by: Trevor Horn

As part of the program, which was launched last year to provide drivers in the Nissan 'family' to contest major events across the globe, racers from Nissan's squad of international talent will compete alongside Muscle Milk's Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf at Daytona, Sebring and Road Atlanta.

The first driver to join the German duo is Nissan P2 World Endurance Championship regular Alex Brundle who will take part in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

It will be the young Brit's first opportunity to compete in a major US championship event as he looks to follow in the footsteps of his father Martin Brundle who won the famed 24-hour event 26 years ago in 1988.

Muscle Milk ORECA Nissan on track Brundle previously drove for Oak Racing in 2013 in the FIA World Endurance Championship where he finished second in both the Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LM P2 class.

Graf and Luhr's co-drivers for the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans will be announced at a later time.

Nissan's return to top-level US sportscar racing comes with an impressive background. The manufacturer contested 121 IMSA events from 1985 to 1992, winning 33 races, taking 36 poles and earning four drivers' and three manufacturer's championships. Geoff Brabham won four consecutive IMSA driver's championships 1988, 89, 90, 91.

In more recent statistics, Nissan-powered LM P2 cars took pole position and race victory at every round of the 2013 European Le Mans Series and the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship, which includes the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will be on track January 3 - 5 at Daytona International Raceway with its Nissan-powered ORECA 03 for the annual Roar before the 24 test.

The season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona takes place January 25-26, 2014.

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