Jann Mardenborough Makes US Racing Debut, Joins Muscle Milk Pickett Nissan for Sebring 12 Hours

February 25th, 2014 by Wardez

Jann Mardenborgough is set to get his first taste of racing in North America this March. He has joined the Nissan powered Muscle Milk Pickett Racing team for round two of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship (and Patrón North American Endurance Cup). The 2011 British GT Academy winner is teaming up with longtime Pickett drivers Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr who have pushed the squad to championship success over the past two years in the bygone American Le Mans Series.

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“It has been a very big week for me. On Monday it was announced that I am going to be racing in GP3 this year with Arden, and I am really looking forward to that. 

Now to be in Sebring and to be linked up with Muscle Milk Pickett Racing for the 12 Hours of Sebring is another great opportunity. I really like sportscars. That is where I started my racing, and to now get the opportunity to race at Sebring for the first time is brilliant.

This is such a historic venue and historic race. I have seen it so many times on TV and now I get the chance to race here. It looks like it is going to be a huge grid with the Daytona Prototype and P2 cars, so that will be a first for me to race against those guys.”

There has been much anticipation going into this second round of TUSCC as the pecking order from the first round, the 24 Hours of Daytona, is expected to take a drastic turn. Daytona Prototypes dominated the Prototype field while the modified LMP2 cars from the absorbed American Le Mans Series battled for scraps at the rear. The LMP2 cars did not have the straight-line speed to compete at the high-speed venue. Sebring will be a different animal to the steeply banked and stretching Daytona “Roval.” We may see the LMP2s control the race and relegate their DP cousins to the rear, struggling to keep up around the twisty and bumpy circuit.

s1_23446Coming off their Daytona 24 Hour performance, placing 5th overall, Muscle Milk Pickett has the strongest LMP2 package in TUSCC so far and they know Sebring well. Jann has a great opportunity for a strong first showing at the race this year. This is Pickett’s first year at Sebring with an Oreca 03 car, having previously entered with the HPD ARX-03. Jann will have his work cut out for him as Pickett Racing is going to be deep in development with their new car going into the 12 hour race.

Mardenborough tested the #6 Muscle Milk Oreca-Nissan for the first time at Sebring last Thursday, the 20th.

Darren Cox reflects on Jann’s progress and the current program for Nissan’s NISMO Global Driver Exchange.

Darren_Cox“Although Jann will focus on GP3 this year, it is important he continues to keep racing in various categories to speed up his development and to highlight our global motorsport activity to his new fans. He will also learn by contesting Sebring with our partners at Muscle Milk Pickett Racing who are very strong on the engineering side of sportscars.

He was impressive at Le Mans last year, but this will be a whole new experience for him – learning about the bumps of Sebring.

The NISMO Exchange has our young drivers racing in different categories in all parts of the world. We had three of our guys doing the Bathurst 12 Hour in Australia recently. Our inaugural GT Academy champion Lucas Ordóñez will race full time in Japan this year, and in reverse we have young Japanese star Katsumasa Chiyo doing a full season in Europe.

We’re delighted to have the opportunity for our NISMO Athletes to contest these major endurance events with Muscle Milk Pickett Racing. They have been the team to beat in recent years and this provides a tremendous learning experience for our guys.”

The 62nd running of the 12 hour endurance classic will feature a capacity field of 64 cars. The race kicks off on Saturday, March 15.

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  1. joetruckv8

    My man, also just confirmed his official entry on the GP3 site section too!
    Jann & Hamilton my favorite drivers in the Formula 1 tree branch now.

  2. RHODRIEWILLIAMS

    Jann your such a lucky boy come on team WALES. We need Sebring and the lmp2 car in Gt6 as well as being part of the GT academy national finals.

  3. Yay, comments are back!

  4. infamousphil

    Thanks Jordan! It just wasn’t the same without reader comments.

    And what a way to (re)start the show with announcing Jann’s run at Sebring… with the MuscleMilk team, no less.

    Much luck to you and MuscleMilk. I’ll be rooting for you, hopefully, live from my livingroom ;)

  5. ibnumgt1

    YAY COMMENTS!!!

    Congratulations on Jann Mardenborough. However I can’t watch all these racing series because my cable TV doesn’t have any motorsport channels. :sad face:

  6. Swagger897

    WOOHOO COMMENTS ARE BACK!!!!

    • joetruckv8

      YouTube my friend!!!, create a account and start finding subscriptions to these races as long as you don’t plan on finding F1 & MotoGp. Everything else is game!!!

  7. Ameer67

    Comments!

  8. Turbo_snail

    Congrats!

  9. ITCC_Andrew

    I must admit, I’m waiting to see another race from these TUSCC guys. However, a 24 hour race followed by a 12 hour race, I’m already about to say that I wish they did shorter races sooner. Sure, it’s snowy at Mosport, but…

  10. sangdude82

    Will the race be broadcasted online?

  11. research

    Anybody else going to the race? Last year was so much fun, that we just have to go again.

    Meet up at the Patron Booth? lol

  12. yewles1

    YAY!!! Comments back!

  13. ZeroGamingHD

    Oh wow, comments are back. YAY!

    And good luck to Jann!

  14. Streeto

    Yay for comments.

    Where my GT6 updates doe…

  15. Racingworld68

    Good luck Jan, this will make it even more intresting to watch, cheering for Maxime Martin, Marc Goossens, Jan Heylen and Jan Mardenborough !!

    Oh and ‘long live the comments’

  16. Best of luck Jaan! And i’m so happy that the comments are back!

  17. doodlemonoply

    Wowowowow. Comments are back! And of course, best of luck to Jann!

  18. Ranman20

    Thank you Jordan.

  19. ONEEYEMONSTaR

    Good for him! American Le Mans not bygone. SPEED Channel went bye-bye (killed) therefore viewership and a large portion of the followers go away. Tune into the SPEED channel any time and always find some form of racing. Velocity is alright. I enjoy the Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans documentary.

    • Swagger897

      I seriously hate that we got basically ESPN 7

    • Velocity is cool but it needs more programming. The Mecum Auction and Chasing Classic Cars (Wayne Carini’s show) are great and the Dempsey documentary was too, but they play Overhaulin’ way too much and the other shows aren’t that good. They play like all car shows though, they definitely need to get licensed to show some racing,at be get the WRC and in a perfect world the Blancpain.

    • Isn’t FOX Sports 1 (which is essentially a week attempt at crossing The Onion with Espn… why is Reggis Philbin hosting a sports show?) suppose to be showing the races, or are they dumping on to FOX Sports 2 which nobody seems to have? Why they needed to add 2 more FOX Sporr channels I don’t know, considering they already had FSN and FSN+ in every market and they pretty much just show paid programming adds all day, and SPEED was the only racing network in the game… even if it did show too much NASCAR.

  20. sparkytooth

    Holy Christ on a bycicle Comments are back!!!

  21. I want that nissan milk car in gt6!!!

  22. Louie_Schumii

    Great coverage on the news Wardez. Didn’t realize there was more story to the news from the weekend, cheers.

  23. The Stig Farmer

    COOMMMMMMEEEEENNNNTSS

  24. GTP_DeathStar

    I am so jealous that he was able to say “I have seen it so many times on TV”. Finding a road/circuit race on American TV is near impossible. We need another channel to replace Speed.

    And it’s about time the Comments Section returned. What the heck took so long???

    • GTP_DeathStar

      I find it funny that four out of the first five comments mention the Comments Section returning.

  25. Very happy to see comments return! Hopefully we can have good discussion here!

  26. gman1647

    Just sent this to GTPlanet because I didn’t see it on the home page and after I hit submit the article popped up. C’est la vie.

  27. IneedSchool

    Oh cool you can comment now! Thanks gtplanet!


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