Alianza-Gilbert Motorsports Forms In Advance Of 2019 IMSA Prototype Challenge Season
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Alianza Motorsports will return to the IMSA Prototype Challenge grid in 2019 as part of a new partnership with Gilbert Motorsports. After debuting in 2018 with in collaboration with Forty7 Motorsports, the team achieved a podium finish at Barber Motorsports Park among its four starts.

The newly formed Alianza - Gilbert Motorsports entry will be piloted by Anthony Simone and Rodrigo Pflucker beginning at the season-opener in early January at Daytona International Speedway.

"Everyone on the Alianza Motorsports side of the program is very excited to join Henry Gilbert in the newly formed Alianza - Gilbert Motorsports effort," explained Alianza Motorsports cofounder Lorne Kelly. "We have worked very hard to get to where we are today and this partnership fit together so well as we all have one common goal that we will work to achieve."

"I believe that this partnership was a match made in heaven," added Gilbert. "Lorne and I met via Facebook and were instantly engaged. Our conversations were very easy and we both brought different strengths to the table. Whether it be equipment, drivers, partners or marketing, everything has gone smoothly to date and we can't wait to get started at our first official event in January."

Support for the program will be provided by Speed Syndicate Motorsports of Saint Petersburg, Fla. Owner and Team Manager Chris Vallee is no stranger to prototype racing, having helped CORE autosport secure wins in the IMSA Prototype Lites class as crew chief in 2010, and most recently for Speed Syndicate's numerous Norma M30 privateer customers. 

In 2018, Speed Syndicate supported the VOLT Racing Ford Mustang GT4 in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, garnering multiple points finishes and an overall win at Road America.  

While Alianza - Gilbert Motorsports will debut as a one-car team at Daytona International Speedway, the hope is to add another team car before the second event weekend of the season in March. 

"We have already had drivers in the car for a shakedown run just after Thanksgiving and everything went very well,” added Kelly. “Running times comparable to the leaders at Michelin Encore event a few weeks prior, this was the first run on a brand-new Norma M30 car. We have a few more upcoming tests planned but everything is on the fast track now to get ready for Daytona."