Nissan PlayStation GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough received the biggest news of his career earlier this week with the announcement that he will contest Formula 1 feeder series, GP3 in 2014; but now the young star is also set to make his North American race debut.
The 22-year-old Mardenborough will join forces with back-to-back American Le Mans Series P1 championship-winning team, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 15.
The opportunity to race in the U.S. for the first time comes through the Nismo Global Driver Exchange, which places members of Nissan’s international driving squads into other championships and teams to gain experience on the world stage.
Mardenborough’s 2014 main program was confirmed on Monday. He will contest the GP3 series with Arden International while also joining an intensive driver development program with Red Bull Racing, the most successful Formula 1 team of recent times.
The British driver will add the Sebring event to his schedule, joining forces with German stars Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr who have pushed the Pickett Racing squad to championship success over the past two years.
His prototype sports car experience peaked at last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours where he teamed up with Nissan veteran Michael Krumm and fellow GT Academy winner, Lucas Ordóñez to finish third in the P2 class.
Mardenborough completed his first laps aboard the No. 6 Nissan-powered ORECA chassis at Sebring International Raceway yesterday at the winter test for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.