Despite the fact that Roger Penske have put a lot of effort, it seems that the Audi R18 LMP1 will stay away from the market for some time in the future.
We hoped that a privateer would choose the Le Mans program once Audi retired from got to Audi about entering the vehicle as a privateer but couldn’t make a deal.
“I talked about if we could get a privateer (effort) with some of those cars,” said Penske. “But under the current situation with Audi, all the things they’re going through, they just said they’ve got enough eyeballs on them, they don’t need to be showing up at Le Mans.
“I’d love to run at Le Mans, but if I did, I’d love to run at the front.”
The R18 at Bahrain in 2016 won its final start, but Audi officials have kept that a 2017 spec was never totally developed out of a model scale. Those equal officials have also introduced that no classic spec would get in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Penske has long been interested in going back to the sport and has been searching a producer partner to start a DPi in the IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Series
Penske has long been interested in going back to the sport and has been searching a producer partner to start a DPi in the IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Series. Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves have been indetified as the right drivers for a program such as that one.
“We’d like to, and we’re trying to put all the pieces together now,” Penske said. “Hopefully we’ll have something (decided) midsummer if we’re going to go.
“If we do it, we’ve got to be ready to go for it next year. I don’t want to wait another year, to be honest. We’ve waited a year now, and we have a couple of options — and each one of them are good ones — but we just have to see which one is going to be the best.”
“If we did a sports-car program, Montoya would be top of the list to drive for us, and I’ve told him that.”