Pfaff Motorsports announces Campbell, Jaminet and Nasr for 2022 IMSA GTD Pro entry
2021 GTD CHAMPIONS PFAFF MOTORSPORTS MADE OFFICIAL THEIR SWITCH TO GTD PRO CLASS ADDING THREE PORSCHE FACTORY DRIVERS TO THEIR LINE-UP
“2022 will be just our third full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and in that short time, I’m incredibly proud of what the whole Pfaff Motorsports team has accomplished, winning four races and the GTD championship in 2021. We’re excited to be taking the next big step, and are grateful for the confidence that Porsche has shown in us. With an amazing driver lineup and a great team behind them, all of the ingredients are in place for a successful season,” President and CEO Chris Pfaff said.
For those of us following this Canadian team since their first race at Daytona for the Rolex 24 in 2019 and seeing its progression to winning the 2021 GTD class, we were eagerly waiting to hear who would drive the Plaid Porsche for their next challenge in IMSA GTD Pro for 2022.
With the signing of these top three drivers, it shows that this team is a force to be reckoned with as Team Manager Steve Bortoloti mentioned : “Our move to GTD Pro signals Pfaff Motorsports’ commitment to become an elite privateer effort, worthy of factory consideration for future opportunities. We are appreciative of Porsche’s support with factory drivers Matt, Mathieu, and Felipe. They have a proven track record of success individually, and we look forward to working with them and seeing how they gel this season.”
Australian driver Matt Campbell is well known around the team as he previously raced with Pfaff Motorsports on two occasions. The first time was at Road America; a race that ended with a victory. The second time was at the 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona. His pedigree also includes a class win at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2018 and Bathurst 12 Hours in 2019
“Firstly, I’m really excited to be joining the team once again, but this time for a full season. They have proven after winning the championship that we will be a force to be reckoned with in 2022. Having driven with the team previously, it will be an easy step already knowing the majority of them, which has a great group of characters. Mathieu and I have been driving together for two years now in most championships we compete in – we like the same things in the car and have the same feedback, so I expect our partnership to only grow further with the team,” commented Matt Campbell.
French driver Mathieu Jaminet has been around the IMSA paddock driving one of the Porsche 911 RSR in GTLM for the Porsche North American team. He has experienced the podium at Daytona with back to back finishes. He will partner Matt Campbell for the entire season and both have worked together previously.
“I’m super happy to be joining Pfaff in GTD Pro,” said Mathieu. It was really my priority to race full time in the USA in 2022, and to be racing with the reigning GTD champions is a privilege. The team showed great performances this season and I can’t wait to get it started at Daytona. Matt and I know each other really well and we’ve already had some good success. This should help us to perform straight away. We like the same things on the car and have the same feedback to push the team. He also knows the team so this will help me integrate quicker with everyone. We’ve got all the ingredients to be up front, so the target is to try and win the championship. Obviously we are always looking at the big races, so Daytona and Sebring are also on top of my list. Let’s see what the year has got for us.”
The third driver confirmed today is Felipe Nasr who recently has been added to the Porsche factory driver stable. Nasr is a familiar face in the IMSA paddock having driven the Whelen Engineering Dpi entry and even capturing the 2019 and 2021 drivers title.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Porsche family and team Pfaff ahead of the 2022 season. I always love going to Daytona and having a shot of winning the Rolex 24; this time will be completely new to in the GTD Pro class. Hopefully it will a smooth transition and a fast learning process with the help of my well-experienced team mates Matt and Mathieu,” said Nasr.
“The prototypes have a special place in my heart, having won two IMSA championships. Adjusting to the driving style of a GT3 car will be the main thing, like the cornering speeds and braking zones. I’m really looking forward to start working with everyone within the team and getting the Porsche squad,” Felip continued.
Returning as major partner for the Pfaff Porsche is Motul. The French lubricant manufacturer Motul returns as a major Pfaff partner in 2022. The French lubricants manufacturer supplies its 300V motor oil, RBF 700 brake fluid, and other critical lubricants.
Hagerty also returns to the Plaid Porsche as well. Its insurance products are a perfect offering for collectible and exotic vehicles offered by some Pfaff dealerships.
Joining them on the 911 GT3 R are long-time partners Orlando Corporation, and the Pfaff Porsche and Porsche Markham dealerships, the latter two having been a steady talent pool for past and current members of the Pfaff Motorsports team.
As the team is preparing for the first major event with the Roar before the Rolex 24 followed immediately with the Rolex 24, all this between January 20th and 30th, Pfaff Motorsports may just not be done with announcements so keep an eye on Canadian Racers News.
Image credits: Pfaff Motorsports/Lenssen Photo (drivers) & Laurance