This year, Nissan aims to return to its glory days of sports car success from the 80s/early 90s but not alone as the Japanese manufacturer will join forces with Muscle Milk Pickett Racing. Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will be powered by Nissan in 2014 for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
For those who don’t know, Nissan dominated the United States sports car racing from 1988 to 1991 and won four consecutive driver's championships, three manufacturer's titles and 33 IMSA races.
As part of the NISMO Global Driver Exchange, Nissan’s team of international drivers will compete alongside Muscle Milk Pickett Racing's Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf. Lucas Luhr won the GT1 World Championship driving a Nissan GT-R with Michael Krumm in 2011.
Nissan P2 World Endurance Championship regular Alex Brundle will join the team for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. This race will be Brundle’s first opportunity to race in a major U.S. championship event.
Alex Brundle is the sun of Martin Brundle, who won the American round-the-clock endurance classic 26 years ago in 1988. Alex Brundle also drove for Oak Racing in 2013 in the FIA World Endurance Championship and at the 2014 Hours of Le Mans in the LM P2 class.
Moreover, Nissan drivers will compete in the Muscle Milk ORECA 03 prototype class entry at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans. The Nissan-powered Muscle Milk Pickett Racing ORECA 03 will hit the track this weekend at the "Roar before the Rolex 24". The 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship debuts at Daytona on January 25-26.
"We're glad to welcome Muscle Milk Pickett Racing to the Nissan family and look forward to having our official drivers learn from such a successful team.” "Greg Pickett and his team have achieved incredible results in recent years and having them as part of the NISMO Global Driver Exchange program will be an outstanding opportunity for our drivers.” "It is also great to again work with Lucas Luhr who won the GT1 World Championship with Nissan with Michael Krumm back in 2011. Lucas and Klaus Graf have enjoyed amazing success in the U.S. in recent years and I'm looking forward to seeing them continue that run with Nissan power in 2014.” said Darren Cox, Nissan’s Global Motorsport Director. [source: Nissan]