Four Drivers Revealed in Series of Social Media Videos on Pfaff Channels
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Pfaff Motorsports has confirmed its star-studded and experienced lineup of drivers for the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Piloting the team’s new McLaren 720S GT3 in the Grand Touring Daytona Pro (GTD PRO) class will be full-time drivers Oliver Jarvis and Marvin Kirchhoefer, with James Hinchcliffe joining at three endurance races and Alexander Rossi taking the fourth role at the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January. The foursome were introduced to the Pfaff Motorsports fan base this past week with a series of videos on the team’s Facebook, Instagram and X pages.
The lineup pairs Jarvis, an IMSA champion and winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans; Kirchhoefer, an up-and-coming McLaren factory driver; Hinchcliffe, an IndyCar Series winner and popular broadcast personality; and Rossi, winner of the 100th Indianapolis 500 and current McLaren driver in IndyCar.
The 2024 season marks Jarvis’ full-time return to IMSA after scoring the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class title in 2022. The Englishman also has victories at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Twelve Hours of Sebring and Motul Petit Le Mans in North American competition as well as international success with multiple manufacturers and series.
Kirchhoefer – a McLaren factory driver since 2021 – brings crucial experience with the marque. Co-driving a McLaren 720S GT3, the German driver finished on the GTD class podium at this past year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona. He has been a staple for the development of McLaren customer cars such as the Artura GT4, the Solus GT and the 720S GT3 Evo. Kirchhoefer was also a winner at the 24 Hours of Spa in 2017, a podium finisher at Bathurst in 2019, and a winner with McLaren at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed Shootout.
Meanwhile, Hinchcliffe brings a triple threat element to the 2024 endurance lineup – exceptional driving talent, widely recognized star power, and a nod to the team’s heritage as a fellow Canadian. The Ontario native is set to join the team at Daytona, Sebring and the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
Recently named to the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, Hinchcliffe has claimed six IndyCar Series victories and 16 podiums throughout his career, alongside earning the series’ 2011 Rookie of the Year title and being voted as a two-time Favorite Driver of the Year. Hinchcliffe has also notably competed on Dancing with
the Stars and has been a staple in the NBC broadcast booth since 2022 for IMSA, IndyCar and Formula One events.
Rossi completes the team’s Daytona roster, adding prestige and McLaren experience to the lineup. After his 2016 win at the Indianapolis 500 – which came in his rookie season one year after competing in Formula One – the American has gone on to capture dozens of podiums and nearly 10 victories in IndyCar, in addition to wins at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Baja 1000 in 2021 before joining the McLaren family in 2023.
The four drivers will kick off the 2024 WeatherTech Championship season with the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Jan. 25-28, with the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 test taking place the weekend prior.
James Hinchcliffe: “Being a proud Canadian, and with Pfaff Motorsports as Canada’s top professional race team, I am absolutely thrilled to partner with them in 2024 for the three long endurance races. Since we came up with this concept back in 2021 and as I looked to make a transition from IndyCar, being in this series and with this team has always been part of my goal. Being part of this next chapter with McLaren and with their last few years of on-track success, there is a lot of pressure, but a lot of optimism. I am grateful to Chris Pfaff and everyone on the team for making this happen. Daytona cannot come soon enough.”
Oliver Jarvis: “I am really excited to be joining Pfaff Motorsports driving a McLaren 720S GT3 EVO. The opportunity to join a proven championship-winning team and to return to IMSA full-time after winning the championship in 2022 made it an easy decision. Whilst it will be my first full season competing in (GTD) PRO in IMSA, I am relishing the opportunity together with my new teammates to fight for victories and ultimately the championship. A huge thanks to everyone at Pfaff Motorsports and McLaren for making this happen!”
Marvin Kirchhoefer: “I’m super excited and I really can’t wait to get the season started. I’m feeling very honored that I’ll be part of the Pfaff Motorsports family. This is a big dream for me coming true and racing in the United States is something I’ve always wanted to do especially after my single-seater career in Europe. This year at Daytona was one of the most enjoyable races I’ve ever done – I love the atmosphere, I love the fans, and it’s just such a great environment to be in. Every driver I’ve talked to has the same opinion about racing in the States. It’s really a big thing for me, and especially being with Pfaff Motorsports because I’ve heard only good things and that it’s one of the best teams. I’m super motivated to have an amazing 2024 season.”
Alexander Rossi: “I am very excited for the opportunity to compete once again at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. While this year will be a first for me in a GTD PRO car, it is a race that I have come to truly enjoy over the years, and this will be no different. I look forward to getting to work with the guys and girls at Pfaff Motorsports and helping them bring this new McLaren 720S GT3 Evo to the front of the grid.”