DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Visit Florida Racing announced Monday that Renger van der Zande will join the team and drive alongside Marc Goossens during the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Goossens returns to the team for his second season next year. The longtime road racing veteran shared the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Prototype with Ryan Dalziel in 2016, scoring a season-best finish of second at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Van der Zande has a career record of nine wins and 18 podiums to his credit in LMPC competition, in addition to scoring this year’s Prototype Challenge class points title in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
2017 will mark the 30-year-old Dutchman’s first season at the wheel of a Prototype.
“I cannot wait to see our new car soon – it’s just great to have the opportunity to race for overall victories and be right there for a new era with the DPi class,” said van der Zande. “The competition is very strong and I am ready to do battle with my Visit Florida Racing team. Marc (Goossens) is a great guy. We raced against each other when I made my first outings in GT racing. We speak the same language in two ways – we both speak Dutch but also have a great understanding between us. It’s an advantage to have a guy like Marc alongside me who has been with the Visit Florida team for a year and has tons of racing experience.”
Goossens, who also has a wide range of experience in various types of machinery, is eager to return to the Visit Florida Racing team as the organization transitions from the Corvette Daytona Prototype platform to the Gibson-Riley Prototype.
“I’ve known Renger (van der Zande) for quite some time – we raced for the same team in BRL V6 in The Netherlands back in 2009 but we were in separate cars,” said Goossens. “I’ve kept an eye on him ever since, and I do rate his talent very highly. I am very happy to be back with Visit Florida Racing. Continuity is very often a key to success and I’m feeling very positive about the new prototype.”
“It is a new platform for everybody, so everyone essentially starts from scratch. And of course it goes without saying that I am looking forward to driving a Riley-built car again. I’ve worked with Bill and Bob Riley for over 15 years and I know that they will supply us with a very competitive chassis. This, combined with the global-spec Gibson engine, should be a strong package when we start the season at Daytona.”
CREDIT: Visit Florida Racing