Strong Start to IMSA Season at Roar Before the 24
Dakota Dickerson and Josh Sarchet roared to a 2nd place finish at the season-opening race of the IMSA Prototype Challenge series at Daytona. After qualifying the car 6th, and running an impressive opening stint, Sarchet turned the car over to Dickerson, who brought the #54 Ligier P3 car home in P2, along with a well-deserved trip to Gatorade Victory Lane for drivers, crew and team owner, Dr. Michael Thompson.
The strong performance was especially noteworthy given the team only took delivery of the brand new Ligier 1-week prior to the race. Race prep was done at near record pace and the results are proof positive the team is ready for the championship chase in 2021.
Dickerson has returned to the team for his third season, after finishing 2nd in the overall championship in 2020. Sarchet signed with MLT Motorsports in the off-season and is already feeling at home in the Ligier, and showing great pace as evidenced by the qualifying and race results from Daytona.
“A great start to the season with a podium finish,” said team manager Eric VanBibber. “The crew and drivers performed well at Daytona, especially with the brand new car. It is a testament to Ligier that they can deliver a truly race-ready car from their factory. With only a week to get to Daytona after we picked up the car, I am really happy with the results.”
“I’m really happy with a 2nd place finish to start off the season. As a team, we are always striving for perfection, but a 2nd place finish this weekend feels like a win”, added Dickerson. “We received the car 1 week before the start of the race, and if it weren’t for this teams experience, passion, and expertise, we wouldn’t have found ourselves on the podium this weekend. Josh had an amazing opening stint and from there it was just a matter of being smart and collecting as many points as possible. We’ve already got some testing planned prior to Sebring and I’m confident we will challenge for the win there.”
The next race of the season is at Sebring just prior to the historic Sebring 12-hour. That is followed by a trip to Mid-Ohio in May, where the team has seen great success, having won the two previous visits in 2019 and 2020.