DragonSpeed expands to two-car Rolex 24 effort

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DragonSpeed expands to two-car Rolex 24 effort


DragonSpeed expands to two-car Rolex 24 effort


American-flagged WEC and ELMS team DragonSpeed has revealed to RACER that it will enter two cars in the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The second car marks an expansion for team boss Elton Julian, as the team originally planned to enter a single ORECA 07 Gibson. DragonSpeed debuted the current ORECA in the 2017 Rolex 24.

The team’s first entry, which was previously confirmed for the Florida endurance classic, will be driven by Nicolas Lapierre, Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman.

The second car currently  has two confirmed drivers, Roberto Gonzalez and Pastor Maldonado, who are competing together full-time in the FIA WEC ‘Super Season’ in the LMP2 class.

The news means that a trio of European-based ORECAs look set to join the Daytona race for what will be the first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with the DPi and LMP2 teams racing in different classes. The third European LMP2 comes from RLR MSport; the team told RACER earlier this year that they intend to run in 2019 with its newly acquired ORECA Gibson.