In the week after Paul Gentilozzi's RSR were given a surprise entry for Le Mans 24 Hours Jaguar appear to be backing the team to continue Jaguar's history at the endurance race.
“Jaguar will return to Le Mans this year lining up on the starting grid on 12th June 2010 with an XKR GT2 run by JaguarRSR,” reads a news item published on Jaguar's website.
Images accompanying the article show the XKR alongside legendary cars from Jaguar's Le Mans past, the C- and D-types of the 1950s which won five Le Mans between them as well as the iconic, Silk Cut liveried XJR-9LM Group C car.
“We are delighted the ACO has granted us an entry in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans,” Gentilozzi is quoted on the article. “It is a race held dearly in the hearts of motorsport fans across the world and for Jaguar to be racing again is something special.”
“We are fortunate to bring an international line up of the world's finest driving talent including Scott Pruett and Marc Goossens as out drivers for the race,” added the Michigan native who is also the team's intended third driver for Le Mans.
“I can guarantee 100 per cent commitment from JaguarRSR and urge fans of Jaguar and Britain's racing heritage to support the team whole heartedly.”
RSR, who only entered a single race last year, the American Le Mans Series finale at Laguna Seca, also plan a full 2010 season with the XKR in the ALMS, beginning with the 12 Hours of Sebring next month.
“Motorsport has always been important to the Jaguar brand,” says C. J. O'Donnell, Jaguar Cars' Global Marketing Director. “Returning to Le Mans will reignite excitement for the marque across the globe.”
“With the introduction of the new XK, XF and XJ, the Jaguar brand has advanced cutting edge technology, stunning design and our 'R' performance driving experience. We now return to motorsport to demonstrate this achievement and the prowess of the Jaguar XKR.”