AO Racing has confirmed the team’s 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Porsche GTD PRO entry will return as “Rexy,” the fan-favorite Porsche 911 GT3 “Rawr.” The team also announced that Porsche factory driver Michael Christensen will be in its lineup for the Rolex 24 At Daytona alongside Sebastian Priaulx and Laurin Heinrich.
“Rexy is ready to step up to GTD Pro,” said team principal Gunnar Jeannette. “The public welcomed our GT3 Rawr with open arms and it was a no-brainer to bring Rexy back for another season of racing. The addition of Michael to the team only strengthens our effort as we advance to the GTD PRO class.”
Danish racing driver Christensen began his Porsche career in 2012 when he joined the Porsche young driver program, the next year becoming an official Porsche factory driver. The Le Mans winner and FIA World Endurance champion will be a strong addition to the team for the Rolex.
“I’m very pleased to join AO Racing for the Rolex 24 at Daytona,” said Christensen. “It’s a great team, with a lot of talented people and a good driver lineup. I truly believe that we should be in a strong position to fight for a top position!”
AO Racing entered the GTD class in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship last season and continued to learn and progress in its inaugural year with team owner PJ Hyett and Priaulx at the wheel for the full season. Hyett is moving to LMP2 for 2024 as the the team from St. Charlies, Illinois expands to a two-car, two-class effort. With an all-pro lineup, the Porsche moves into GTD PRO. Hyett’s full-season partner in LMP2 will be Paul-Loup Chatin, with Matthew Brabham joining for the Michelin Endurance Cup events and Alex Quinn in the car for the Rolex.