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Porsche Team Up With Penske For New LMDh Category

In exceptional news for endurance motorsports, Porsche have confirmed a multi-year partnership with American powerhouse outfit Team Penske - starting from the 2023 racing season.

In another incredibly exciting piece of news for the new LMDh top level endurance category, Penske and Porsche are set to work together for a new assault on the top level of sportscar racing - with a works outfit in the works and the potential for an expansive customer racing program to boot - significantly bolstering what is already set to be an epic collection of machinery in both WEC and the American IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.

"We are delighted that we were able to get Team Penske to form this partnership. For the first time in the history of Porsche Motorsport, our company will have a global team competing in the world's two largest endurance series. To this end, we will be setting up team bases on both sides of the Atlantic. This will enable us to create the optimal structures we will need to take overall victories at Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring, for example."

Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG

The deal is another major milestone for the new regulations, which kicked off with just factory efforts for Toyota and a 'grandfathered' LMP1 from Alpine in attendance at Spa-Francorchamps at the weekend - as a Porsche / Penske tie-up is set to join confirmed entries from the likes of Ferrari, ByKolles, Audi and Peugeot, amongst several other rumoured potentially interested manufacturers.

“This is a proud day for our entire Penske organisation. We have represented Porsche on the track or in our businesses for more than six decades. The heritage and success we have enjoyed together is unparalleled throughout our history. I can’t wait to get started as we build a global racing program with Porsche that will compete for wins and championships well into the future.”

Roger Penske

The collaboration between Porsche and Team Penske will see the return of a potent collaboration between the two famous brands - especially with Penske still looking to add an overall Le Mans win to what is already an enviable collection of silverware for the IndyCar, Nascar and Sportscar racing legends.
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"The collaboration between Porsche and Team Penske will see the return of a potent collaboration between the two famous brands - especially with Penske still looking to add an overall Le Mans win to what is already an enviable collection of silverware for the IndyCar, Nascar and Sportscar racing legends."

Don't forget V8 Supercars and a loooong time ago Can-Am and Trans-Am although I guess the Sportscar reference could cover the last 2.
 
IMO, the number of works entries is a sign that the LMDh class is going to do better than the LMH class

P1 is going to be a BOPed category, so in theory, for both LMHs and LMDhs, one shouldn't be faster than the other.

LMDh is getting "more" factory support just because it is cheaper, requires less work, can be used in IMSA and most of the brands interested are from the same house (Wolkswagen) which intends to have all of them sharing parts of the development.

No way ACO will make LMDh faster with the BOP when LMH is their side of the rules. To be honest, LMH is a lot more interesting and exciting (own chassis and more freedom) and I would like to see more factories jumping into it. At least we are having 5 of them already on board with it (Toyota, Ferrari, Peugeut, Glickenhaus and maybe ByKolles).
 
P1 is going to be a BOPed category, so in theory, for both LMHs and LMDhs, one shouldn't be faster than the other.

LMDh is getting "more" factory support just because it is cheaper, requires less work, can be used in IMSA and most of the brands interested are from the same house (Wolkswagen) which intends to have all of them sharing parts of the development.

No way ACO will make LMDh faster with the BOP when LMH is their side of the rules. To be honest, LMH is a lot more interesting and exciting (own chassis and more freedom) and I would like to see more factories jumping into it. At least we are having 5 of them already on board with it (Toyota, Ferrari, Peugeut, Glickenhaus and maybe ByKolles).

I never said that the LMDh will be faster than the LMH, what I said was that the LMDh is a sign that it will do better than LMH
TBH, the way ACO handled the class is a complete farce - they look nothing like road supercars for a start - they look more like watered down LMP1s
 
I never said that the LMDh will be faster than the LMH, what I said was that the LMDh is a sign that it will do better than LMH
TBH, the way ACO handled the class is a complete farce - they look nothing like road supercars for a start - they look more like watered down LMP1s
That road car thing was there to please Aston Martin so they did right when they dropped it, in the end Aston isn't coming.
And ACO should have adopted DPi as soon as IMSA announced it anyway. They would be booming with entries now, moving to hybrid wouldn't be an issue and no problems to go faster than a P2. But what is done is done. At least they seem to be on the high path balancing hybrid and a non hybrid car, Spa was great.
 

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