Though greatest recognized for his exploits within the DTM with Audi, Rockenfeller has been competing in main enduros on either side of the Atlantic for practically 20 years, successful each the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Daytona 24 Hours in a single calendar yr in 2010.
The German driver known as time on his glittering DTM profession after 15 consecutive seasons in 2021, which included successful the 2013 drivers’ title.
Rockenfeller joined Motion Categorical Racing for the 4 large IMSA enduros in 2022, driving the workforce’s #48 Cadillac DPi V.R. alongside Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez, and Jimmie Johnson at Daytona.
It marked the continuation of his relationship with Normal Motors, having represented each Cadillac and Chevrolet manufacturers through the years in the US.
Rockenfeller is having fun with his relationship with Cadillac, which is at the moment engaged on a Dallara-built LMDh contender. Nevertheless, he didn’t rule out racing for a special producer in IMSA’s new GTP class in 2023 ought to the chance come up.
“My purpose is to drive within the IMSA subsequent yr full-time,” Rockenfeller instructed Autosport. “Proper now I am tremendous pleased to drive the #48 in IMSA and I’d even be tremendous pleased to drive a Cadillac sooner or later, however the future is out of my palms.”
#48 Motion Categorical Cadillac DPi: Mike Rockenfeller
Picture by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Pictures
The #48 Motion Categorical Cadillac had a troublesome begin to the IMSA season as a result of components out of its management after ending fifth and sixth at Daytona and Sebring respectively within the seven-car DPi class.
Within the Daytona season opener, the #48 made contact with a GT automotive at Flip 3 and misplaced 23 laps within the pits for repairs. In the meantime, a brake failure ruined the workforce’s probabilities of a powerful end at Sebring final month.
Rockenfeller admitted it was laborious to simply accept the streak of dangerous luck that hit the #48 crew within the opening two rounds given the uncooked tempo of the automotive and the drivers.
“Once you solely do 4 races on this season’s IMSA Endurance Cup and two of these are gone that makes issues difficult,” he stated. “We might have challenged for the rostrum in each races, however that’s racing on the finish of the day.
“As a workforce, myself, Jimmie, Kamui and Jose Maria all get on tremendous effectively and we’ve got the tempo within the automotive. Ally Racing/Motion Categorical Racing all the time offers us a mega automotive, in order a workforce, it hurts all of us as a workforce irritating when issues go improper for us comparable to in Daytona and Sebring.
“From my aspect, I’m actually proud of Ally Racing/Motion Categorical Racing and I’m very proud of my efficiency. Fingers’ crossed luck might be on our aspect on the Six Hours of Watkins Glen in June.
“Let’s see what the longer term holds.”
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