United Autosports has confirmed this morning that American racer Will Owen will compete at Le Mans in the team’s #32 Ligier JS P217 next month, and make his third start in the French endurance classic.
This news completes the team’s line-up for the race, with Owen confirmed to race alongside his European Le Mans Series teammates, Ryan Cullen and Alex Brundle. Previously, Owen was named against the #32 on the Le Mans entry list, but wasn’t a fully confirmed driver.
The #32 was a late addition to the Le Mans list, following the ACO’s surprise announcement that it will construct two additional (temporary) garages for the race, raising the number of cars on the entry to a record 62.
“I’m thrilled to be joining United Autosports again for Le Mans,” Owen said. “We’ve had a two very successful runs in the last couple of years finishing third and fourth, so I’m incredibly thankful for this opportunity to rejoin the team and I know that we have the car that has the potential to do pretty well.
“We showed last year that we have a very racy car – that combined with a good crew that’s done pretty faultless pit stops throughout the last two years is a good mix. I’ve got a lot of trust in them. I think it’s a great combination and I’m super excited to join the team.
“I’m looking forward to racing with Alex and Ryan. We got along really well in Monza and we showed that we can be right there fighting for the top spots. Bring it on.”
Owen, who also competes in IMSA too, this year with Juncos Racing in DPi, has been racing with United since 2017 and competed at Le Mans each year with the US-flagged, UK-based team in addition to ELMS.
“I’m delighted that Will is joining our Le Mans team,” said Richard Dean, United Autosports owner.
“He has raced at the 24 hours twice now and has had positive experiences on both occasions. He did a great job at Monza on his comeback in ELMS last weekend as did both Alex and Ryan so I’m confident that we have a great line up in that car.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how both our cars get on this year after our podium last year.”