Rebel Rock Racing today announced its move to Aston Martin Customer Racing for the 2024 IMSA season. The Florida-based team will retire its familiar Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R and replace it with the all-new 2024 Aston Martin Vantage GT4, entering cars in both the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the VP Racing Sportscar Challenge.
Despite the inevitable challenges of moving to a brand new competitive platform, the team is confident that the Vantage GT4 will be a front-runner from the outset.
“After five years racing with Chevrolet and a relationship dating back to 2008 it was always going to be a tough decision choosing a new manufacturer with which to realign ourselves,” explained driver and Team Principal, Robin Liddell. “We are confident that we have picked the right partner with AMR and we are delighted that they have also chosen us to help represent them with the new car.”
Team Owner Frank DePew shares Liddell’s enthusiasm and optimism about the all-new program. “I am very happy with the team’s performance in the past, and I am thrilled we are starting this new chapter at Rebel Rock Racing with Aston Martin Racing. I’m also excited to be sharing the car with Robin and Andrew again, and we are honored that most of our crew will continue this journey with us, as we welcome a few new crew members into the Rebel Rock family. “
“Aston Martin would like to welcome Rebel Rock Racing as one of our new partner teams for 2024,” said Aston Martin Head of Endurance Motorsport, Adam Carter. He went on to say “Rebel Rock has an excellent pedigree in the United States of America where they have been very successful in IMSA’s Michelin Pilot Challenge GS class. Rebel Rock is well equipped to help us test the limits of the new Aston Martin Vantage GT4, and we’re looking forward to seeing how competitive they can be in such a highly-contested series through the season.”
Andrew Davis will join the regular driver lineup of Liddell and DePew for the four-hour season opener of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, the traditional Friday curtain raiser on the weekend of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“Firstly, I’d like to thank Frank and Robin for continuing to have me as part of this winning organization,” said the Atlanta-based Davis. “My role as the additional driver in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge endurance rounds is one that I hold in high regard. I’m quite familiar with the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 platform having raced the car for two seasons in 2021 and 2022. So, I’m looking forward to helping the team get the most out of the new ride.”
Rebel Rock’s commitment to the storied marque from Gaydon, Warwickshire, could extend to select rounds of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the latest GT3 spec Vantage. “Our goal is to dip our toe in the GT3 waters later in the year,” said Liddell. “Building strong partnerships is key within our ethos at Rebel Rock and we are not only excited to debut this beautiful new Aston Martin but also for the future opportunities this partnership could bring as we explore the possibility of going endurance racing at the next level. I’m excited to start this new chapter with Rebel Rock Racing.”