Penske IMSA drivers suggested to hunt different choices for 2021
With the upcoming finish to the three-year relationship between Acura and Crew Penske in IMSA’s Daytona Prototype worldwide class, Crew Penske president Tim Cindric says ATP’s high-profile drivers have been suggested to seek for new alternatives in 2021 and past.
Reigning DPi champions Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya, together with teammates Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor within the sister Acura ARX-05, are among the many hottest drivers within the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and with Crew Penske’s post-Acura future considerably unsure in IMSA, the foursome will not be anticipated to stay intact after the season concludes on the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in November.
“It’s an actual troublesome factor for us as a result of all these guys imply lots to us,” Cindric instructed RACER. “We expect the world of all of them, and we’ve been very upfront with them all through this course of with Acura. And we’ve instructed all of them that, ‘Hey, going ahead, you really want to search for what’s in your greatest pursuits.’”
Though Acura is anticipated to proceed in DPi subsequent yr, probably with a couple of staff, Penske’s instant return with a brand new producer is taken into account unlikely because the auto trade offers with the monetary results of COVID-19.
“With the uncertainty that’s on the market proper now, it’s very troublesome to plan very far forward, as a result of those who you’re employed with, whether or not they be the OEMs, the sponsors, or what have you ever, even the sequence in some instances, don’t have the solutions both,” Cindric added. “So, it’s very troublesome to place applications or plans in place that ordinarily we’d perhaps be engaged on.”
Among the many 4 full-timers, Castroneves is the one driver to race for Penske exterior of IMSA; he completes The Captain’s four-car Indianapolis 500 program in August. Past the three-time Indy 500 winner receiving future calls to race on the Speedway with the proprietor he’s pushed for since 2000, Cameron, Montoya, and Taylor usually tend to land with new groups when the subsequent WeatherTech Championship begins in January.
“So, we’ve mentioned to every of them, ‘Look, don’t anticipate us, however we’ll definitely hold you abreast of what potential we now have or no matter else,’ as a result of we’d like to proceed working with these guys or work with them once more in some unspecified time in the future,” Cindric added. “So, I can’t say that it’s a no, however I can’t say it’s a sure.”