VICI Racing has announced that Richard Westbrook and Johannes Stuck will share driving duties in the #18 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for the third round of the American Le Mans Series this weekend at Long Beach.
The event will mark the first outing this season for the team and comes on the back of the announcement earlier this week of a sponsorship deal with T-Mobile, which will see the car running in the colours of the telecommunications giant.
Both drivers will be making their debut with the team at the famous road course with former Porsche factory driver Westbook delighted to be involved.
“I'm pleased that I will be driving for VICI Racing at Long Beach,” he said. “I would like to thank Ron [Meixner] for the opportunity to drive for the team this year and I have seen a lot of positives in the team during our pre-season programme so I am sure we have the right guys to challenge in a tough class; everyone is very motivated. Our programme is getting going a bit late so we have to work very hard and chase good results and I am sure we can have a very good season.
“I am happy to be driving with Joe [Stuck] I know him well from racing Porsches I am sure we will form an effective partnership in Long Beach. I am also looking forward to Long Beach, it will be my first time there and it has a great reputation and history so it will be good to get onto this track. I have plenty of experience on tight street circuits, like Monaco and Bucharest, I like the challenge and the focus that they pose, so I'm sure I can learn the track quickly. It looked interesting when I drove round it this morning to get a first look at the layout, there are lots of different surfaces for sure, and I know Roland [Wall] will set up a great car for us.”
Team-mate Stuck was also pleased with the chance to race the Porsche and said he was thrilled to have concluded a deal to compete in the ALMS.
“I'm excited to be driving for VICI Racing at Long Beach,” he said. “This is the start of something really new in my career, racing in the United States, and something I have been looking forward to for a long time. Long Beach is one of the most famous circuits in the world and its also special for me as my dad raced here in his F1 days and also raced in the first ever F1 Long Beach Grand Prix [in 1976] so it will be great for me that he will be on the pitwall this weekend to support me and the team.
“I have been to several US tracks with my dad over the years and I tested for VICI Racing at Sebring in December, but this will be my first time racing in the US so it's a great opportunity for me and I'm grateful that Ron [Meixner] and Roland [Wall] have shown faith in me to give me this drive and I really look forward to repaying them. I'm pleased to be racing with Richard, he's very quick and proven, I have raced against him lots of times but it will be the first time we are team mates, so I think I will learn from him also. We have a great team, the Michelin tyres will be really good on this track I think, so I think a really good year is in prospect.”