Primetime Race Group has signed 19-year-old Kyle Marcelli to co-drive alongside team owner Joel Feinberg in the 2010 American Le Mans Series in the Le Mans Prototype Challenge class.
After clinching the 2009 IMSA Prototype Lites Championship, the Florida based team has decided to build on that success and take their team to the next level.
Throughout 2009, Feinberg and Marcelli competed head-to-head in the ALMS feeder series each with a goal of making a future move into Le Mans Prototypes. Recognising each other's abilities behind the wheel as well as sharing the same aspirations as drivers, the two are excited to team up for a run at the LMPC season championship in 2010.
“This is a dream come true for me,” said Marcelli. “When I was 13, my dad and I used to go to Mosport International Raceway each year when the American Le Mans Series arrived in late August. We would sit on top of turn two with thousands of others and watch the prototypes and GT cars race by. Six years later I have found myself behind the wheel.
“I'm excited to team up with Joel and Primetime, he is a quick driver with a good amount of experience in the American Le Mans Series and the team has shown a great track record over the years. I know we will both be pushing each other all season long.”
Primetime is no stranger to the 'big show', the team has campaigned their Dodge Viper GT2 programme in the American Le Mans full time for the past two years as a privateer team and was recently awarded the 2009 Founders Cup Championship as the #1 non-factory supported team in the series.
This recognition coupled with their championship in IMSA Lites shows an obvious progression and a move to the LMPC class has been expected.
“This move is a true testament to all of our hard work over the past few years,” Feinberg added. “Our goal as a team since day one was to start at the bottom and work our way to the top. We've proven ourselves thus far and have established a team that can compete anywhere, against anyone.
“Racing at this level is a serious commitment and it takes the effort of the entire team to win races. After racing against Kyle last year and getting to know him I feel that he will be a great addition to our team. I am now looking forward to winning lots of races with him this year.”