de Ferran Motorsports will take on another new challenge this weekend when the first year American Le Mans Series team makes its debut in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
The team goes into the weekend on the back of a successful two-day test at the circuit this past weekend, where team boss Gil de Ferran and regular team-mate Simon Pagenaud were joined at the wheel by current IndyCar Series title winner Scott Dixon – who will join the pair for the weekend in the #66 Panasonic-backed Acura.
Kiwi ace Dixon admitted that his first impressions of the Acura had been positive following the test and he said he couldn't wait to take part in the event.
"First of all, it's a pleasure to work with de Ferran Motorsports,” he said. “Everybody is very welcoming there. My first impression is that the car is very quick and it has a ton of downforce. In the car your minimum speeds in the corners are a lot higher than anything I've driven before maybe only in comparison to the Formula 1 car I drove in 2004, but it's a lovely car, definitely an impressive car and the track is a lot of fun too.
“It took me a little while to get used to the track, I had not been there for about ten years! But I'm definitely looking forward to the weekend, I can't wait."
Team boss de Ferran admitted that a challenging weekend lay ahead for his team as it tackles its longest race to date but, with the addition of Dixon to the line-up, he said he was hopeful of a strong weekend.
"This weekend's event will yet again be another first for us in what is our first season of competition in the ALMS,” he said. “It's definitely the longest race that I have competed in as a driver, which I am looking forward to, and it will also be the longest race that we, as a team, will be taking on this season. We've been preparing for this event for quite a while and we have tried hard to understand and anticipate all of the challenges that this type of race will present to us.
"Finally, I think having Scott on board for this weekend is a great addition to our driver line up and we look forward to a very competitive show."