Having acquired Sean Creech Motorsport (SCM) has unveiled plans to compete in the LMP2 class of the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, instead of the current LMP3 class.
SCM has acquired a Ligier JS P217, scheduled to arrive at the port of Miami, Florida, this week, and plans to begin vehicle preparation immediately. The race car has previously run in North America as the platform for the Nissan Dpi where it achieved pole at Watkins Glen and a first place finish at Road America, Petit Le Mans, Sebring and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
“We’re happy to have our program set for 2024,” said Sean Creech, team principal, SCM. “We wanted to stay in the prototype classes and our existing relationship with Ligier opened the door to staying with them. It’s the same number of races as LMP3, and the logistics are very similar to the program that we’ve been running the last few years, so it made sense to go with LMP2.”
The team will continue to work on the No. 33 Focal One Ligier JS P320, which is scheduled to compete in the final three IMSA WeatherTech series races (Road America, Indianapolis and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta).
Creech anticipates a smooth transition from LMP3 to LMP2: “We have a lot of crew members who have worked on the Ligier LMP2 car, so the changeover won’t be difficult at all. Our engineers are working to get all the data we need to start a testing program – the lead time to get a Gibson lease engine is long so hopefully we can get something going before that. We’ll look to get as many miles as possible over the winter to get completely up to speed on everything before Daytona.”