The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has gained a new full-time GT Daytona competitor for 2019 in the form of former entrant Starworks Motorsport.
Ryan Dalziel, a figure in Tequila Patron ESM’s shuttered Nissan Onroak DPi program, will pair with a second to-be-named driver for the full season in an Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo fielded by the Peter Baron-owned team.
Beyond Dalziel, Starworks will bring Parker Chase to its first IMSA program since 2016 — the same year Chase won Pirelli World Challenge Rookie of the Year honors — along with the Audi the 17-year-old and Dalziel drove to the PWC SprintX Pro-Am title this year.
Chase is confirmed for only the four Michelin Endurance Cup rounds but has not been ruled out by the team as Dalziel’s co-driver for the full season. The duo claimed five SprintX wins among 15 podium finishes driving TruSpeed Autosport’s Audi throughout 2018 while Chase won twice in Sprint competition.
Baron’s Starworks team was started in 2010 and has participated in the Michelin Pilot Challenge, Grand-Am Rolex Series, FIA World Endurance Championship and WeatherTech Championship since. The team owner and Dalziel have worked together since 2005.
“Ryan and I have had tremendous success in the past and look forward to us pushing again for more wins and championships,” Baron said.
“Watching how Parker has matured in the car over last season was very rewarding and I believe this 17-year-old is going to have a fantastic future in sports car racing as he develops from a successful sprint driver into an endurance driver.”
Starworks’ first laps back under IMSA sanction will take place Jan. 4, 2019 when the Roar Before the Rolex 24 begins ahead of the 24-hour race Jan. 26–27.