Toronto, ON –Mantella Autosport will switch from Aston Martin to Chevrolet for the 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and American Le Mans Series-winner Kyle Marcelli will pilot one of the team’s Camaro Z28.Rs alongside Martin Barkey.
This news comes not long after the team’s recent two-day test at Sebring International Raceway, where Marcelli tested the car for the first time.
“I’m pleased to be joining Mantella Autosport for 2015 and to be co-driving alongside fellow countryman Martin Barkey,” said Kyle Marcelli. “The team has proven that they want to win races and there’s no question that they have the personnel and equipment to accomplish that goal. I worked with Martin in 2014; he takes his racing responsibilities seriously and puts forth a lot of effort both on and off track. Following our recent test, I enjoyed coming to grips with the Camaro, it’s a very different car than the Porsche. I look forward to the upcoming season and I expect the competition to be strong, so we will need to bring forward our best effort.”
“Mantella Autosport Inc. is thrilled to welcome Kyle Marcelli to the driver lineup alongside Martin Barkey. His extensive experience and outright pace is an asset to the team and will no doubt help secure great results in the No. 80 Mantella Autosport, MBRP Camaro Z28R,” said team manager Andrew Wojteczko.
The 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge kicks off with the official pre-season test at Daytona International Speedway on January 9-11, 2015, followed by round 1 of the championship at Daytona International Speedway on January 21-23, 2015 in support of the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona.
You can watch live race coverage on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. For more information on the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, visit www.IMSA.com.
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