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Porsche, Penske combine for Le Mans effort in 2023

Partnership announces plans for hybrid prototype racers to compete in FIA and IMSA series

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Porsche will have a partner as it seeks its 20th victory in 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2023. That partner will be Roger Penske. 

Porsche and Penske have announced the establishment of Porsche Penske Motorsport, which will compete in both the FIA WEC World Endurance Championship IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series. 

Porsche Penske Motorsport will compete in the series’ top category with a pair of LMDh prototype cars in each series. LMDh cars are hybrids, weighing around 2,200 pounds with 680 horsepower gas/electric hybrid drivetrains.

“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,” Porsche board chairman Oliver Blume was quoted in the announcement. 

“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.”

Porsche’s board approved the development of the LMDh in December 2020 and the company announced its plans to return to Le Mans in 2023.

“Our intention is to support and shape the new era,” added Porsche board member Michael Steiner. “Not only will we be keeping our fingers crossed for the four factory cars we have in total, but also for our customer teams. 

“The new LMDh vehicle will also be entered as a customer car in both series as early as the 2023 season. These partner teams will be given our full support. Whatever insights we gain from our factory effort will also be shared with them.”

Porsche 917
Penske dominated the Can-Am series with a Porsche 917
Porsche and Penske reunited for a few years in the ALMS | Porsche photo

The announcement brings back together Porsche and Penske. Penske Racing ran Porsche cars in the American Le Mans Series from 2006-2008, winning two championships in LMP2 and even beating the faster LMP1 prototype cars on several occasions. Team Penske also ran Porsche’s 917 racers in the Can-Am series in the 1970s.

“We have represented Porsche on the track or in our businesses for more than six decades,” Roger Penske said in the announcement. “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.” 

Penske’s racing team headquarters in Mooresville, North Carolina, will be the base for the Porsche Penske IMSA program.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

1 COMMENT

  1. Great to hear that the Porsche/Penske show is back on the road again. I don’t doubt that we’ll see more success added to the already formidable file.

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