Nov 25, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT
For the first time in more than three decades, Aston Martin will have an U.S.-based team to compete in North American sports car racing.
The famous British marque has announced that after recent tests at Sebring and Daytona, it will field two full-time entries in the inaugural season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Kevin Buckler’s “The Racer’s Group” will run the cars as part of a collaboration called TRG-AMR North America.
“I feel like this has been 20 years in the making for all of us,” Buckler said. “…To have the opportunity to officially represent one of the most iconic and revered, street and racing marques in the world, is a perfect fit for where our organization has now evolved.
“We will be proud to represent and to race the Aston Martin Racing cars here in North America, not only for ourselves, but for any and all interested teams or partners.”
TRG-AMR will race a pair of Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 machines, which have competed in various endurance/GT series around the world. Aston Martin also competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
A driver lineup has yet to be announced, but TRG-AMR notes that they’ve “used the recent Balance of Performance tests as well as numerous additional test days to undergo extensive driver evaluations.”