ANSA Motorsports’ Miami Gardens, Florida, racing team will compete in the 2017 IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda with an ADESS-03 in the LM P3 class. Matt Dicken will drive the prototype.
ANSA Motorsports and ADESS AG are still looking to test additional drivers for the 2017 season, and ADESS AG is looking to sell more prototypes to new teams/drivers.
“My partner, Patrick Otto Madsen, and I are delighted to welcome our new driver, Matt Dicken, who will compete in one of our 2017 ADESS-03 LM P3 prototypes next season in the IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda series,” said ANSA Motorsports’ co-team owner Alain Nadal. “ANSA Motorsports has a solid winning background in the IMSA series, and we are really excited to return and race with ADESS AG in the new, revamped series.”
Having competed in his first club race in January 2013, Dicken has quickly compiled a successful racing resume. For the 2014 season, Dicken was the Stuttgart Cup Pro-Am Champion. In addition to his championship season, Dicken also has multiple class wins and podiums in various club-racing programs, such as PCA, HSR and SVRA.
“Words cannot describe how excited I am to be joining ANSA Motorsports for the inaugural 2017 IMSA Prototype Challenge series in an ADESS-03 LM P3 race car,” Dicken said. “Both ANSA and ADESS are proven champions so our expectations are high for a successful season. Although the ADESS-03 LM P3 is a new race car and there are a lot of unknowns coming into a new series, when you take a look at what ANSA Motorsports did last year in winning the PWC GTS Driver’s Championship in with the new KTM X-Bow, race podiums and maybe even race wins should be anticipated!”
In 2015, Dicken made his debut in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series, where he co-drove a Porsche Cayman with Corey Lewis. The season was highlighted by the team’s leading their first laps at Lime Rock Park, followed by an impressive series of top-10 finishes. In 2016, he continued to compete with Strategic Wealth Racing in the ST class of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series. Dicken and Lewis finished 10th in the 2016 Driver Championship.
Dicken’s success in motorsports is no surprise, given his extensive background in building successful businesses. Since 1997, Dicken has worked as a financial advisor, having founded Strategic Wealth Designers in 2002. To date, Strategic Wealth Designers has helped more than 1,800 retirees and pre-retirees with their retirement goals. Dicken is also a best-selling author and the host of “Strategic Wealth,” a TV show covering all things financial, that airs weekly on WHAS11, the ABC affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky.
IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda action will be divided into two classes in 2017, blending new and existing IMSA machinery. The LM P3 class will feature LM P3 chassis from as many as six different constructors, including ADESS powered by identical V8 engines. The MPC class will use the existing Élan DP02 chassis powered by Mazda engines that previously made up the Lites 1 (L1) class of the series.
Thirteen rounds of competition will take place in IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda in 2017, starting in mid-March and ending in early October. Nine rounds will take place during IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship weekends, putting drivers and teams into the brightest sportscar racing spotlight in North America. Most event weekends will include a pair of 45-minute sprint races.
ANSA Motorsports took its ADESS-03 LM P3 prototype to the track several times last month and will continue its 2017 preseason testing program with Dicken this weekend at Sebring International Raceway. The 2017 IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda season starts with two rounds, March 17-18, at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida.