When Acura and Highcroft Racing announced last month that the defending American Le Mans Series prototype champions would switch back to running a P2 car in 2010, the fate of the de Ferran Motorsports team was left hanging in the balance. That fate has now been decided, as Acura and de Ferran have announced the end of their relationship. Gil de Ferran's team was launched at the beginning of 2008 and ran the second half of the season in one of Acura's P2 cars before moving up to P1 this year. The team won five races in 2009 but fell short of the overall championship.
Unfortunately, the continuing recession means that Honda has had to cut back its support for the ALMS program and de Ferran Motorsports is being cut loose. Last summer, de Ferran announced the addition of an IRL program for 2010. At this point, it's not clear whether Acura will be able to bring in a second team for the 2010 ALMS campaign.