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INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 – Following the announcement of their alliance on December 4th, 2012, Status Grand Prix and HVM Racing are pleased to confirm they have this week filed a formal entry application for the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The HVM Status entry marks the first stage of the collaboration between two successful teams, the Silverstone and Indianapolis-based organizations committed to running a latest-specification Lola Coupe in the LMP2 class in all eight rounds of the World Championship.
Silverstone-based Status has an established sports car racing pedigree dating back to 2006 when it prepared and ran an Aston Martin GT1 in selected FIA GT events and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After again preparing a customer car for Le Mans, this time for the LMP2 class in 2011, Status entered its own LMP2 Lola Coupe in the 2012 European Le Mans Series, as well as selected WEC rounds and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Speaking on behalf of Status, Mark Gallagher said, "We are pleased to have taken this step, being not only very confident in the capabilities for the LMP2 Lola Coupe after the good learning curve last year, but recognising the additional strengths brought to the programme through the collaboration with HVM Racing. The stability of Lola's commitment to sports prototype racing through the new partnerships it has put in place adds to our confidence. It's a great package and one very worthy of a full WEC LMP2 assault."
HVM Racing enters the sports car racing arena with a successful history in the USA’s premiere racing categories. A six-time winner in the Champ Car World Series between 2001 and 2007, HVM has competed in the IZOD IndyCar Series for the last five years. The step into sports prototype racing is a natural evolution for the team, combining its engineering and commercial strength with the Status package.
"We are excited to be in the WEC championship and believe strongly in its future,” said HVM Team Principal Keith Wiggins. “We believe we have a very strong program with HVM, Status GP, Lola and Multimatic. We could not have hoped for such a strong start with experienced partners all together. We are now focusing on those strengths for the start of the season and we will soon have news on the technical progress. It is good to be working with the Lola engineers once more, now with Multimatic’s added resources."
The FIA World Endurance Championship was born in 2011, replacing the existing Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) with the aim of raising the profile of endurance racing on a global scale. The season opener on April 14th will see HMV Status commence its campaign on local ground with the 6 hours of Silverstone (UK). The championship then moves on to Spa Francorchamps (Belgium), Le Mans (France), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Austin (USA), Fuji (Japan), and Shanghai (China) with the season finale on the island of Bahrain on November 30th.
About HVM Racing:
HVM Racing was founded by Keith Wiggins and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2012 season marks its eleventh year of competition since forming in 2001. Since its inception, HVM Racing has earned six victories, two pole positions, 22 podiums, 40 top-five finishes and 97 top-tens. The team also earned "Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year" honors with current driver Simona De Silvestro in 2010. HVM finished fourth and third, respectively, in the Champ Car World Series in 2006 and 2007, and earned drivers Mario Dominguez and Robert Doornbos Rookie of the Year honors in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Follow HVM Racing at, on twitter at, and on facebook at
About Status GP:
Based in Silverstone, England, Status Grand Prix was formed in 2005 to campaign the A1 Team Ireland franchise in the new A1 Grand Prix Series.  The team's shareholders are comprised of former Jordan Grand Prix head of Marketing Mark Gallagher, former FIA Formula One World Championship driver David Kennedy, and Teddy Yip, Jr., who's father Teddy Yip owned the Theodore Racing Formula One team.  The team captured the A1 GP season championship in 2008-2009 and has been competing in the GP3 series under the Status Grand Prix banner since 2010, finishing second in the team championship.  Follow Status Grand Prix at or on twitter or on Facebook atstatusgrandprix.