United Autosports have confirmed their entry into the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The Anglo-American team are currently preparing for their debut season with their Ligier JS P217, which they will race in the European Le Mans Series. They will use the same sports prototype in the 56th running of the American endurance event at the start of 2018. American Will Owen, who is part of the United Autosports LMP2 ELMS team, has been confirmed as the first driver for the 24-hour race. The Rolex 24 At Daytona will 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 in their Ligier JS P217. 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. They finished fourth after 24 hours of racing - less than four seconds behind the winning car. 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. United Autosports are reigning ELMS LMP3 Champions and will be aiming to defend their title with a two-car entry in 2017. As a result of their championship win, they were handed an automatic entry into the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, and will race their Ligier JS P217 in the world-famous endurance race. They will also contest a full season of the ELMS in the LMP2 class with the Ligier JS P217.