Both Michael Shank Racing and Krohn Racing will run the Onroak Automotive Ligier JS P2 sports prototype in 2015. The car will conform with both IMSA and FIA WEC specifications through 2017.
The Ligier JS P2 debuted in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning pole position and taking second place in LMP2. It also made a successful American debut in September at the Lone Star Le Mans in Austin, taking LMP2 pole in the FIA WEC’s 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas and the overall top spot in the Tudor event, finishing second in the latter race. It also took the LMP2 pole and victory at subsequent WEC events at Fuji and Shanghai.
MSR, which finished sixth in this year’s Tudor United SportsCar Championship running a Daytona Prototype , will debut its Ligier at the Sebring 12 Hours, competing in LMP2. It took delivery of the car last week and expects to announce its engine partner later this week.
“The completion of this agreement with MSR for the sale of a Ligier JS P2 is a great satisfaction for Onroak Automotive,” said Jacques Nicolet, Onroak Automotive President. “MSR is one of the best-established, well-known teams in endurance in the United States. The fact that they have chosen us to make the transition to LM P2 is a real reward for all the efforts we’ve invested this year to make ourselves known on the American continent. I would like to wish MSR the greatest possible success in this fresh chapter in their history, and we’ll do all we can to support them in this new adventure.”
John Pew and Ozz Negri will return in 2015 as MSR with Curb/Agajanian’s drivers. The Ohio-based team will race last year’s Ford-Riley at the season-opening 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona before switching to the Ligier. “I think we’ve got a great package for the Rolex 24 this year and I’m really excited about the potential for us with the new car starting at Sebring,” said Shank. “It is a very big change for us, but we are confident that it will be a positive one and we are looking forward to making the most of what our technical partners are bringing to this effort.”
The team won the 2012 Rolex 24 with A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson joining Pew and Negri. Pew has raced for MSR since 2007. The 2015 Rolex will be his 58th start with Negri as his co-driver.
Houston-based Krohn Racing has not yet confirmed which series or races it will be entering for 2015, but expects to run their Ligier in a combination of races in the US and globally. Krohn’s entry will feature a Judd HK V8 LMP2 engine. Team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn will pilot the new Ligier alongside his long-time teammate Nic Jönsson. The two have raced as co-drivers since 2004, recording more than 100 races together.
Krohn ran its Ferrari 458 Italia on a limited Tudor schedule this year and also raced it in the FIA WEC-sanctioned 24 Hours of Le Mans and 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas. The team has competed in GT since 2011. It competed in the Grand-Am series’ Daytona Prototype class 2006-2010.
"I'm very much looking forward to the possibilities that have opened up for next season," said Krohn. "We had been discussing the switch from our Ferrari to a LMP2 car for some time and the decision was very much dependent on how the car felt when we went for a test. Both Nic and I had a chance to get behind the wheel of the Ligier and really liked driving it. The ergonomics work me, which has historically been difficult due to my frame. We were able to partner with Judd as our engine supplier and believe the Ligier-Judd pairing will offer a formidable entry, so the decision was made to move forward with the package for competition in 2015." Krohn tested at Magny Cours circuit in France and NOLA Motorsport Park in Louisiana.
"We at Krohn are very pleased to be using the Ligier JSP2 - Judd HK package for 2015," added Gary Holland, Team Manager, Krohn Racing. "The Ligier has already proven itself with a very strong debut at Le Mans with a variety of engine packages, as well as within ELMS races since. The LMP2 class is very strong and we feel that the Ligier offers Krohn Racing the best path with a proven chassis out of the box with many thousands of miles of testing under its belt. We are very much looking forward to getting the best from the pairing of the Ligier chassis and Judd engine and exploring an exciting new chapter for the team. Judd had some excellent performances through 2014 and we firmly believe will offer us the best solution moving into the LMP2 field.”
The annual Roar Before the 24 test days at Daytona International Speedway kicks off the 2015 Tudor Championship, Jan. 9-11.