Owner of Younessi Racing, Rodin Younessi has competed in some of the world’s premier races both as a solo driver and as part of his own professional team. In 2013, Younessi was only one of a few Americans selected to compete in the prestigious Blancpain Endurance Series’ international race.
U.S. racing team Younessi Racing entered American driver Rodin Younessi and teammates into the 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series. The operating team behind Younessi Racing for the Blancpain competition was MRS (Molitor Racing Systems), and Rodin was accompanied by a team of carefully selected drivers from across the globe who would take turns behind the wheel.
The race was an internationally-syndicated event with tens of thousands of viewers tuning in as competitors from various countries raced high-end vehicles from brand names like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz, and McLaren. In addition to the invitation to compete, Rodin Younessi was the only American driver behind the wheel of a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 for the Blancpain event.
The Blancpain Endurance Series features grand tourer (GT) racing vehicles that are modified from production road cars complying with the FIA’s GT3 regulations. The race hosts the world’s quintessential sports cars in one of the most highly-regarded international competitions today. Rodin Younessi and his team piloted one of the 61 vehicles to enter the race, making their entry both an exclusive privilege and a high honor.
Rodin Younessi – MRS McLaren
“I’m looking forward to competing on behalf of Younessi Racing in the MRS McLaren,” Rodin Younessi said before entering the race. “I was able to compete in the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 at 24 Hours of Dubai a few months ago and was very impressed with the car’s performance.”
The Blancpain Endurance Series is one of the best supported and most competitive GT races today and has been a major success story for the motorsports industry since it premiered in 2011. Beginning in Autodromo Nazionale Di Monza in April, the Blancpain competition spanned across five different dates and locations: Monza, Silverstone, Paul Ricard, and the 24 hours of Spa-Francorchamps before the finale in Nurburgring in the fall.
Both the inaugural 2011 and 2012 seasons were tremendous hits, and the executives behind Blancpain promised even more excitement for the 2013 event. A total of 13 countries competed in the 2013 race with sponsorship from 9 of the most famous prestige racing brands in the world. At the event’s start in Monza, 36 teams competed with drivers from both established careers and relatively little experience in a premiere display of racing talent.
Molitor Racing Systems was one of the fresh faces in the 2013 series, but appeared with a quality team in Younessi Racing and enlisted the powerful capabilities of the McLaren MP4-12C. Rodin Younessi and his team through MRS delivered an exciting performance at the Pro-Am Cup, demonstrating their racing prowess on one of the contemporary motorsports’ most elite stages.