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Norris Joins United Autosports for Rolex 24

17-year-old single-seater star Norris joins United Autosports for Rolex 24…

Photo: Lando Norris

Lando Norris will make his sports car racing debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, joining United Autosports with its Prototype class entry.

The 17-year-old single-seater star will join fellow Daytona rookie Will Owen in the team’s Ligier JS P217 Gibson, alongside an as-yet-unconfirmed third driver.

Norris currently runs third in the European Formula 3 Championship and claimed the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 titles last year.

“I’m really excited to be racing for United Autosports and at Daytona,” Norris commented.

“The team have proved themselves to be front runners in prototype racing and they had a great performance at the Le Mans 24 Hours last month so I’m hoping I can add to their LMP2 success.

“To race at Daytona will be fantastic. It will be my first 24-hour event but I can’t wait to get out in the car round such an iconic track.”

Owen, his Daytona co-driver, is racing in the European Le Mans Series with the Anglo-American team this season and recently formed part of the team’s lineup for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it finished as the highest-placed Ligier.

“I have been watching Lando since his Ginetta Juniors days and he has pretty much dominated all the lower formulas since then,” added Team Owner and Managing Director Richard Dean.

“As a McLaren-Honda F1 development driver and the current McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award winner Lando is very hot property right now.

“I’m really pleased he joins the United family at Daytona in our Ligier LMP2 car.”

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Mark - Toronto

    July 13, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Should be interesting. I manage to catch the odd BTCC weekends as a live stream, which includes the Ginetta and MSA series. He was quite impressive in those days, and it seems to have continued.

    • Rory

      July 13, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Norris is the future of British Motor Racing, if McLaren can get their act together in 4/5/6 years time he’ll be the driver that brings the glory days back to Woking and the next British Formula One World Champion.
      have watched a few races of this years European F3 grid and looking at the field he’s the only one who’ll get to F1 the rest will either get to F2,GP3 before they run out of money and have to look at racing elsewhere

      • FlyingLobster27

        July 13, 2017 at 2:39 pm

        Yes, Norris’s pace in F3 is impressive. He is, however, having more “junior moments” than some of his competitors, and needs to work hard on getting consistently decent starts (though that’ll be less of an issue with rolling starts).
        Good for him to get the nod to go to Daytona with United Autosports, a fine team that’s making the Ligier work beautifully. Their third driver this year is Albuquerque, who usually does Daytona with AXR…

        • Avery

          July 13, 2017 at 6:05 pm

          Norris, De Saddleer, Owen, and Rayhall there we go.

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