McLaren-Honda Young Driver Lando Norris is set to make his sportscar debut next January at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with United Autosports in its Ligier JS P217. He will partner previously confirmed driver Will Owen, who currently competed with the Anglo-American team in the European Le Mans Series.
2016 McLaren Autosport British Racing Drivers’ Club Award winner Norris is currently taking on his first full season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, and sits third in the points standings after 10 podiums in the first half of the year.
“I’m looking forward to racing at Daytona – it will be an exciting one-off challenge competing in sportscars,” Norris said. “The Rolex event and the Speedway track are both world famous. The experience will provide me with an opportunity to stay race sharp and physically fit during the winter, important elements for me heading in to the 2018 season, while at the same time having some fun in one of the world’s greatest sportscar endurance races.
“The Ligier will be totally new for me and the first car I’ve raced with a roof since a Ginetta in 2014 but I’m certain I’ll adapt quickly. United Autosports has quickly made a name for itself in sportscars and so I’ll be using its experience and Will’s to help in my transformation from single-seaters.”
United Autosports’ third driver for the 2018 Rolex 24 Hours, its second entry into the race, is set to be announced in due course.
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.
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