Penfold will drive the third car alongside Robin Liddell and team owner Jon Groom.
"Weíre very happy to have Alex on board for his debut in World Challenge GT racing and in a Porsche. We recently did an extended test with Alex and he proved to be quick, consistent and very grounded for a 19 year old," Groom said. "He got on very well with the team and should have a great future in sportscar racing."
Doug Spranger, Team Manager added, "Weíre hoping that Alex will continue for the balance of the season as heís well-liked by the team, has a willingness to learn and, most importantly, early testing has shown him to be surprisingly quick and consistent."
Penfold will be one of two 19 year olds entered in the GT field of the SPEED World Challenge, but has had much racing success already given his young age.
Penfold started kart racing in 1999 and by 2001 he was winning races, eventually earning the OKRA Championship ďSenior Rookie of the YearĒ award, followed by 3rd overall in the Sunoco Ron Fellows OKRA Championship in 2002.
Alex ran select shifter kart races in 2003, winning the Stars of Tomorrow Windsor Grand Prix by a clear 14 second margin before graduating to the Honda Michelin Challenge Series in 2004, where he had a pole, two wins and two podiums. It was a performance that earned him the Rookie of the Year title and sixth place overall.
"Iím really excited about this opportunity to drive one of the Jon Groom Racing 911 Porsches in what is one of the most exciting series around. Iíd like to thank my Manager for his support in getting me here, and also Chris Pfaff who has helped me to this point in my career and is also a sponsor of the team. I know I have a lot to learn, but I canít wait to get started in March. Hopefully, Iíll be able to do the rest of the season and fight for Rookie-of-the-Year," Penfold said.
For more information about the SPEED World Challenge Series, visit www.world-challenge.com or www.jongroomracing.com.
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