Driver and coach Aaron Povoledo to compete in IMSA Prototype Challenge
It seems the right combination to get back behind the wheel has come together for Toronto’s Aaron Povoledo who has been successful at the wheel and as a driver coach.
Following one of his social media accounts, his latest post being a seat fitting in what looked like a prototype car. Well, it seems he was sitting in a Conquest Racing Ligier JSP3 Nissan. The team confirming an entry for the full 2019 season of IMSA Prototype Challenge with Aaron and Ross Chouet as drivers.
Conquest racing is based out of Indianapolis and the team principal is ex-racer Belgian Eric Bachelart. Since its debut, in 1997, the team has competed at the highest level of Motorsport. American Le Mans Series, IndyCar Series, Champ Car World Series, Champ Car Atlantic Series and Indy Lights to name a few.
The team also runs a successful seven-car Ferrari Challenge operation under the banner of New Country Competizione, with Chouest as one of its drivers during the 2018 season.
Ross Chouet won the AM Championship and ended up third at the World Finals in Monza.
Eric Bachelart, team owner: “We’re delighted to participate in the IMSA Prototype Challenge with Ross and Aaron. For us it means a return to sportscars which has been one of our goals for years, and it’s only the first step of our program growing deeper and larger around IMSA.
Aaron’s co-driver, Ross Chouet, is no stranger to him. “As Ross’s coach I’ve seen him grow from a first time beginner into champion, and I believe the LMP3 car and endurance format will provide the perfect training platform for Ross to grow even stronger.”
On Conquest Racing, Aaron adds: “I couldn’t be happier teaming up with Ross Chouest, Westport Yachts and Conquest Racing for our first foray into LMP3 competition. Eric Bachelart and his crew at Conquest racing have been so good to Ross and I this past year while they supported his Ferrari Challenge season. We won the championship together and it was a tremendous team effort. They take winning very seriously and it shows in the hard and smart work they put into everything. LMP3 is new to all of us but I can already see the excitement and enthusiasm this team has for the project. I simply cannot wait to dig in with this crew and Ross and start learning about our new Ligier LMP3 car.”
The team is currently working hard to get ready for their first outing at the Roar before the Rolex 24. Practice and qualifying will be on Friday January 4th. Then, on Saturday, a 3 hour race takes place and can be seen live on IMSA.TV.
Photo courtesy: Conquest Racing