The LMP2 entry for the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship looks set to get a further boost, at the very least for the four-race Michelin Endurance Cup.
John Farano is in the process of drawing together the strands of a programme that currently looks likely to involve a new ORECA 07 Gibson, Ryan Dalziel and Peter Baron’s Starworks outfit under the Tower Motorsports by Starworks banner.
The pair will be joined by Nico Lapierre for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with a silver-rated driver still to be named for the remaining rounds and other significant team personnel also to be confirmed in the coming days.
Canadian driver Farano has campaigned in the ELMS over the past three seasons, taking the LMP3 title with RLR MSport in 2018.
He stepped up to LMP2 with the same team this year and is continuing with the UK-based outfit through the winter in the Asian Le Mans Series in an ORECA 05 Nissan in the LMP2 Am class, scoring a class win in the opening round last month in Shanghai.
The IMSA campaign is understood to have come about in no small part by changes to the class ruleset that now give Bronze-ranked Gentleman drivers a real chance of a Championship run.
Starworks then return to LMP2 for the first time since their 2012 FIA WEC campaign when they became the first WEC Championship-winning team. Since then the team has seen success in Daytona Prototypes, the PC class in IMSA competition, and latterly in GTD.
The Tower Motorsports by Starworks ORECA then is set to join PR1 Mathiasen (1 or 2 ORECAs), Performace Tech (1 x ORECA), Dragonspeed (1 x ORECA), ERA Motorsport (1 x ORECA) and Rick Ware Motorsport (1 x Multimatic Mk.30) in IMSA competition for the 2020 season, either in a full LMP2 season and/ or the four Michelin Endurance Cup races.