May 8, 2019 – Lexington, Ohio – PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports won their first race of the season in the LMP2 class at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio as part of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship over the weekend.
Having suffered damage to their No. 52 ORECA LMP2 in the first two rounds of the season despite showing great speed, the main goal of PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports in Mid-Ohio was to run a full clean race. In his first race with PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, Eric Lux took on the challenge of qualifying and was able to gain valuable experience in the unfamiliar machine. Starting from second on the grid, Lux stayed out of trouble into Turn 1 and continued to run clear throughout his entire stint and move into 1st place as he became more and more comfortable in the No. 52.
Lux handed the wheel over to Matt McMurray for the remainder of the event who was hoping to run PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports strategy of double stinting the tires. The strategy was working well until one of the used tires had an issue resulting in the crew putting on a fresh set for the last 30-minutes of the race. McMurray went on to win the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio and even set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:14.58.
Next up for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports is the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen in New York on June 30, 2019.
Matt McMurry – Driver
“It was great to finally have a clean race where the team and I could show what we’re capable of. The PR1/Mathiasen crew worked flawlessly and gave Eric and me a great car despite the few laps of testing we had due to the poor weather earlier in the weekend. I’m excited about the next race so we continue scoring more points and get ahead in the championship.”
Eric Lux – Driver
“Except for Daytona last year, it’s been five years since I’ve been in a prototype. So it was quite a steep curve jumping back into it. But I couldn’t have asked for a better team to get back into it with. I’m happy to make this the weekend I came back and to end up on the top step of the podium.”
Bobby Oergel - Team Principal
“Couldn’t be happier for the team to take the win. Sad to say some of our competition had some bad luck at the beginning of the race, but it was great to see everyone get everything together and get right back out and show a lot of speed as well. Hats off to the Performance Tech crew for handling that damage and getting back on track.”