Barbosa, Boyd, Clairay and Willsey prepared for Rolex 24
Jupiter, Fla.- 10 January 2021— Sean Creech Motorsports (SCM) will contest the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a full-season marketing campaign within the LMP3 class, beginning with the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Group principal Sean Creech has assembled a program that mixes a powerful mixture of youth, velocity and expertise—on each side of the pit wall.
The 2021 IMSA season would be the first for the LMP3 class to be built-in into the highest WeatherTech Championship, with a six-round championship that will probably be preceded by the non-points paying Rolex 24 At Daytona (January 30-31).
Lance Willsey and Joao Barbosa have been signed to share the full-season driving duties on board the No. 33 Sean Creech Motorsports Ligier PS320, with French racer Yann Clairay and British pilot Wayne Boyd slated to race with the group within the Rolex 24 At Daytona. All 4 drivers have earlier expertise racing for Sean Creech, with Barbosa having first raced with Creech when he was establishing himself within the U.S. almost 20 years again. Clairay, Boyd, and Willsey have all competed with Creech in IMSA Prototype Problem.
The transfer to the highest IMSA class marks one other development for Creech, who has constructed a racing resume that spans the many years and consists of Group C, IMSA GTP, WSC, Grand-Am, SRO World Problem, and IMSA competitors. His Jupiter, Florida-based group features a roster of crew and consultants which have labored with Creech for years.
“I’m blissful to have this driver line up—these are all guys that we all know and have labored with earlier than, so I feel thats going to be an enormous piece of the puzzle for this race,” stated Creech. “There are such a lot of unknowns in any 24-hour race, and with this being the primary 12 months for the LMP3s, that’s much more true. However we obtained the automobile to start with of December and have been in a position to run it a few instances to study as a lot as potential in preparation for the Rolex 24. Regardless of restricted time with the brand new chassis and engine package deal, the group has labored relentlessly to be in place to combat for a win on Sunday afternoon.”
The pairing of SCM and four-time Rolex 24 winner Barbosa is one which was years within the making.
“I labored with Sean again once I was racing a Porsche GT2 (for Mike Colucci Racing) and we all the time stored in contact by the years,” stated Barbosa. “Each time we’d catch up, we’d discuss working collectively as we all the time had a superb relationship. So once I was testing at Daytona final 12 months, we have been speaking once more, however this time every thing fell into place! So it’s actually thrilling for me to have the ability to get to race for Sean in spite of everything these years of speaking about it. I need to thank Lance and Sean for having me be a part of this system and I’m wanting ahead to teaming up with Lance. He’s passionate and really aggressive, and Sean has put some very skilled individuals in place so this program has all the chance to be aggressive that you may ask for.”
Willsey has competed within the LMP3 for the reason that class was established in IMSA in 2017. He has competed in over 30 races at Daytona throughout a number of sequence, together with 10 Rolex 24 At Daytona begins.
“I’ve raced a GT within the 24 earlier than so I don’t anticipate it being that totally different by way of site visitors for a multi-class occasion like this,” stated Willsey of the fabled Daytona occasion. “I’ve identified of Joao and his success for a few years and after we discovered he was accessible, it was a no brainer to achieve out and see if he was . Regardless of the restricted testing we’ve had with the brand new automobile, his insights and expertise have been invaluable to get us entering into the proper route to completely perceive the automobile. Having this driver lineup, mixed with Sean’s expertise and every thing that Mark Schomann and Kevin Doran deliver this can be a nice nucleus of individuals.”
Whereas the 2021 Daytona opener marks the IMSA debut for the new-specification LMP3 Ligier, the platform has one season of competitors already in Europe—and Boyd gained it. Boyd’s season of expertise with the automobile in competitors, mixed with the six years Clairay spent as a growth driver for Ligier creating the LMP3 in addition to the LMP2, will show important in of the metrics of success wanted in endurance racing.
“I obtained the chance to do it, and I jumped at it,” stated Boyd, who netted the 2020 European Le Mans LMP3 championship. “I’ve watched the race for the final 4 or 5 years on TV and all the time thought it regarded mega, so large due to Lance and Sean for having me. Our lineup is powerful so I count on we will problem for the win. I don’t have a Rolex and I’d fairly like one! This will probably be my first 24 hour race and whereas I’ve examined at Daytona, this will probably be my first race so I’m excited to see the way it all pans out.”
Clairay gained the 2009 Le Mans Collection GT1 championship, claiming a category podium at Le Mans on his solution to the title. Operating for a Creech-managed program, the French racer gained in his IMSA Prototype Problem debut in 2018 and backed that up with a run to second after taking pole in his subsequent IMSA outing for Creech later that 12 months.
“I’ll use the simulator to arrange for the race,” stated Clairay of his Daytona debut. “I feel the circuit is attention-grabbing, we are going to want a automobile that’s steady within the braking areas and fast within the final chicane. Having the prospect to race in an occasion just like the Rolex 24 is basically particular. I don’t have a lot expertise within the U.S.; my two races ended with a win and a second place, so I can’t wait to return again!”
The group may even lean on the expertise of Kevin Doran, who has gained the Rolex 24 5 instances in roles various from crew chief, group proprietor and producer. Doran will put his years of perception and success at Daytona in the direction of the SCM effort as he heads up the engineering effort together with the skilled Mark Schomann.
“As blissful as I’m with our driver lineup, the fellows we’ve obtained on this group actually know what they’re doing and have a lot expertise—a variety of which we’ve gained collectively in a variety of instances,” stated Creech. “Mark (Schomann) has engineered just about each form of race automobile there may be, and having Kevin (Doran) with us is one other large enhance. It’s form of full circle, as a result of I labored with him (Doran) again within the 90s so that is nice to be working collectively once more. There’s a variety of 24 expertise—each Le Mans and Daytona- on our group and with a race that you simply by no means know what its going to throw at you, that may be important.”
The 2021 Rolex 24 At Daytona will open with the Roar Earlier than the 24 on January 22-24.