Archangel Motorsports Heads Right Back to Business at the ROAR Before the Rolex 24
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 5, 2020) - Archangel Motorsports jumped right back into the thick of things, pacing second overall, during the ROAR before the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. This saw Trent Hindman and Porsche Cup winner, Alan Brynjolfsson turn their first laps of the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season in the No. 7 VOLT Lighting Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
The three-day test also marked Archangel Motorsports’ full-season return after a sixteen-year hiatus from competition. The transition proved to be seamless, with team owner, Mike Johnson carrying over many crew members from years prior, along with Brynjolfsson and Hindman, who are set for their third season as teammates.
“I’m very happy with how the team performed,” said Team Principal, Mike Johnson. “It was definitely a highlight to finish second overall for the weekend. The cold air really helps the Cayman, so when the temperature dropped this morning, it really brought the car to life.”
“It’s also pretty exciting for me to have the Archangel Motorsports name back in IMSA for the first time in sixteen years and see everything go so well. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by great people and a really strong team, so it was a very good first couple of days for Archangel Motorsports 2.0.”
Throughout the span of six test sessions, the Missouri-based team worked on dialing in a strong baseline, logging 513-miles and 130 trouble-free laps around the Florida road course. From start to finish, progress was made with Brynjolfsson clocking in a personal best 1:54.406 lap during Sunday’s morning session. By the end of the same session, a 1:53.932 lap turned by Hindman solidified the second best overall time of the weekend.
Archangel Motorsports will return to Daytona International Speedway January 22-24 for the four-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season opener.
Trent Hindman | Driver, No. 7 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport — “We’re in a much better spot compared to last year and the transition into Archangel Motorsports was definitely seamless. We have a lot of the same crew on board so there really wasn’t much to coordinate. We got through an entire test plan this week, which is pretty impressive, so kudos to Chris, Mike, Alan and the rest of the team for making that happen. I’m excited to get back here in two weeks. We were having a good run here last year and I made a mistake that put us out of the running, so we’ll be looking for some redemption.”
Alan Brynjolfsson | Driver, No. 7 Porsche 917 Cayman GT4 Clubsport — “We had a very successful test this week and the car ran really solid. We have to love the cold weather Cayman. It just seems to run really well in the cold, as we saw earlier today. We’re very happy with how things went and excited to get back here in a few weeks.”