Two-car LMPC Effort Aims For Podium Positions
No strangers to the American Le Mans Series, the newly organized Merchant Services Racing team brings a wealth of experience to their paddock. Armed with veteran prototype drivers, Chapman Ducote, Kyle Marcelli and Tony Burgess, the team presents a formidable threat for this weekend’s American Le Mans Monterey Presented by Tequila Patron at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“We are very excited about coming to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the 6 hour endurance race,” said team principal, Brian Alder. “We have a strong driver line up in both cars and are anxious to get the weekend started. The drivers and crew have really gelled as a new team and we are aiming for both cars to be on the podium.”
Marcelli and Downs enjoyed a 4th place finish last month at Long Beach while Chapman Ducote grabbed 4th at this year’s grueling 12 Hours of Sebring.
The team will campaign two ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet powered prototypes. Car #8 will be driven by Kyle Marcelli, Lucas Downs and Dean Stirling, and the #7 car will be driven by Chapman Ducote, Tony Burgess and Antonio Downs. The cars will feature a new black with yellow trim livery and share sponsorship with Merchant Services LTD., Lafarge, Lamex, One24.com, MBRP Performance Exhaust, Butterfield Farms and Nasamax.
The American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón will air on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 13. Live coverage is available starting at 4:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3. Competitors will take the green flag 1:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 12, on the 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit.
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the world`s leading sports car championship and is recognized as the Global Leader in Green Racing. In the tradition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, multiple classes of cars – purpose-built prototypes and production-based Grand Touring automobiles – race on the track at the same time to create compelling race action and constant passing. All cars in the Series compete using one of five approved alternative fuels or energy sources: clean sulfur-free diesel, cellulosic E85 or E10, Isobutanol and electric hybrid technologies. The Series has more automobile marques involved than any other major race series in the world as manufacturers develop relevant technologies on track that transfer directly to the customer showroom. The ALMS competes at North America`s premier road racing tracks and selected temporary street circuits in major urban markets.