Greaves Forgoes Full Season TUSC Entry
Greaves Motorsport will not mount a full-season attack in next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as originally planned.
The British squad, which had outlined plans to field one of its Zytek Z11SN Nissans in the Prototype class, will forgo the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona but still intends to take part in the Twelve Hours of Sebring, entry pending.
“The normal paying drivers that we’d like to go with us are not happy with the rules and have safety concerns,” team principal Tim Greaves told Sportscar365. “So far, nobody’s prepared to pay for Daytona.
“We’re going to put an entry in for Sebring. We’d like to think that the guys that [IMSA] need to give us some leeway to try and get people interesting in racing, so hopefully we’ll get an entry for that. Then we’ll have to see where we go from there.”
Greaves said he is hopeful to complete the North American Endurance Cup, potentially with Chris Dyson as one of their drivers.
Dyson Racing has yet to confirm a 2014 program and was believed to had been in negotiations with the team for a potential joint effort.
“We’re still talking to Chris,” Greaves said. “I went over to see him last week. I owe him a call, so we’ll see where that goes. He’s keen to do something [in America], maybe Sebring or something like that. We’ll see.”
The team’s WEC program is also up in the air, with Greaves giving a less than 50/50 chance of it continuing into next year.
Instead, the majority of their focus will likely come in the European Le Mans Series, which expands to a four-hour race format for 2014.
“It’s a shame but we can only go where our customers and sponsors take us,” Greaves said. “We had a good deal lined up for WEC which fell through last week. It might come back, you never know. But there’s a lot of interest for the European Le Mans Series.” Sportscar365