ALMS Le Mans Prototype Challenge class championship leaders CORE autosport has secured sports car veteran and former 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Andy Wallace for the next round of American Le Mans Series competition at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Wallace will join team owner Jon Bennett and young driver Frankie Montecalvo aboard the No. 05 Bayshore Recycling / Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 at the six-hour ModSpace American Le Mans Monterey presented by Tequila Patrón on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Wallace's history in sports car racing goes back decades, winning some of the most prestigious races in the world including the 24 Hours of Le Mans (overall: 1988, class wins: 2001, 2002, 2006), Rolex 24 at Daytona (overall: 1990, 1997, 1999; class win 2003), Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring (overall: 1992, 1993) and the Petit Le Mans (overall: 1999).
2010 marked Wallace's debut in the highly competitive ALMS LMPC class, driving for Level 5 motorsports. He ran seven of nine rounds with the team and racked up three podium finishes (Sebring, Lime Rock and Road America) and finished seventh in the 2010 ALMS LMPC driver championship standings.
Wallace's history at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca goes back to 1997 and he's had a love-hate relationship with the storied venue since then. Highlights at the challenging track include two ALMS podium finishes in the top prototype class – a second in 2001 with the Champion Audi team and a third spot in 2005 with Dyson Racing.
“I have been watching CORE autosport compete this year and when I got an e-mail from Morgan [Brady, team manager] asking about my availability for the Laguna race I was honored I was on his list for drivers," Wallace said.
“I think the LMPC class is a great thing as it keeps costs down, but it's still a prototype, which is fantastic. The LMPC cars are designed to do a single job and there's no compromises like you have with GT cars.