Sam Bird joins Starworks for IMSA endurance races

Sam Bird joins Starworks for IMSA endurance races

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Sam Bird joins Starworks for IMSA endurance races

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Starworks Motorsport owner Peter Baron has signed a second driver with ties to the Mercedes F1 team, inking a multi-race deal with 2013 GP2 runner-up Sam Bird. The 26-year-old Briton, who served as a test driver for the Mercedes F1 squad, will likely pilot one of the team’s PC cars at Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans.

“We follow the GP2 series and Formula 1 young driver tests and I was stunned to learn Sam’s available and was looking to North America for new opportunities,” Baron told RACER. “We’ve been fairly successful in bringing open-wheel drivers into sports car racing and tapping into that talent.”

Baron signed 24-year-old Kiwi Brendon Hartley, who also took part in the Mercedes F1 testing program, to drive for the team in 2013, where he earned a win at Road America and went on to be signed by Porsche for its new WEC P1 effort.

“I’m looking forward to working with a driver like Sam who brings a lot of experience with him from some big teams and can contribute heavily to our program,” Baron continued. “We’ll have more to announce on which car he’ll be driving and our full lineup soon.”

For Bird, who’s looking to find a full-season drive in the IndyCar Series among other domestic and international series, the chance to gain sports car experience with Starworks is a welcome opportunity.

“I am very pleased to have confirmed this three race program with Starworks and I would like to thank Peter Baron for giving me this opportunity,” Bird told RACER. “This will be my first foray into LMP endurance racing as well as my first time competing in America, so it’s a ‘double first.’ My management and I are continuing to consider various opportunities for more a comprehensive racing program. Quite a few interesting avenues are open to us across a range of racing disciplines and we expect to make further announcements in the new year.”

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