Team Penske has announced that it will withdraw its entry from the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship following the 24 Hours of Le Mans next month.
The team will instead turn its attention to putting maximum effort into testing and preparation of its Porsche Penske Motorsport LMDh program ahead of its debut in both the WEC and IMSA WeatherTech Championship Series in 2023. The team has developed an extensive testing program both in the United States and Europe for the remainder of 2022 to ensure the four-car effort is ready to compete in the Rolex 24 At Daytona next January.
“We are very appreciative of our time in WEC this year and we have been able to make the most of our time on track this season,” said Team Penske president Tim Cindric. “As an organization, we didn’t have a lot of experience within WEC, so running the races in 2022 has allowed us to learn the tracks, the rules and understand how a race weekend operates. We were able to gather a lot of feedback and information over the first two races and we expect to learn even more at Le Mans. Fortunately, our LMDh program is progressing quickly, so we need to focus that to ensure we are prepared for the start of the 2023 season.”
In its first two races of the 2022 WEC season, the Team Penske LMP2 team, with drivers Dane Cameron, Felipe Nasr and Emmanuel Collard, finished eighth in class at Sebring and fourth in class at Spa.