United Autosports has confirmed its entry to the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona, with its Ligier JS P217 to compete in the IMSA Prototype class.
American driver Will Owen, who will drive in the ELMS with the team, has been confirmed as a drive for the team’a Rolex 24 entry. It will be his debut at the race. The Rolex 24 At Daytona will however mark the second 24-hour race Will and United Autosports will enter in 12 months, as they prepare for the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours this year too.
“Zak (Brown) and I have always wanted United Autosports to compete in the world’s greatest sports car races and the Rolex 24 At Daytona is one we not only want to take part in, but we want to go there and run at the very front,” said team owner Richard Dean.
“This is an iconic and historic event, I remember going as a kid watching Derek Bell, Brian Redman, Jochen Mass, Bob Wollek and all the sports car greats. We hope that other European teams will bring their LMP2 cars to Florida in January to try take on the USA based teams and drive the competition of this great race.”
United Autosports previously raced in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2011 with Martin Brundle, Mark Blundell, Mark Patterson and Zak Brown behind the wheel of a Riley Ford Daytona Prototype. The trio finished fourth after 24 hours of racing – less than four seconds behind the winning car.
The Anglo-American team is currently preparing for the 2017 ELMS season to start, in which it will compete in LMP3 to defend its title and LMP2, the first year for the new line of P2 cars.
The 2018 running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona will begin on 27 January and is the first race on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar.
Further details of the final driver lineup will be announced in due course.