CJ Wilson is set for his prototype debut in Europe, with the newly retired MLB star having been confirmed in a United Autosports Ligier JS P3 Nissan for the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship.
Wilson, who will share the wheel of the LMP3 entry with 19-year-old IMSA Prototype Lites driver Andrew Evans, is set to miss three of the six rounds of the UK-based championship due to his commitments in the IMSA Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series, driving for his own team.
The 36-year-old former pitcher for the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will take part in the rounds at Brands Hatch, Spa and Snetterton, with a search ongoing for a replacement Bronze-rated driver for the other events.
“My goal is to develop as a driver and climb the ranks to either LMP2 or GTE – United Autosports has proven they can win and develop drivers,” Wilson said.
“Andrew and I decided this is a huge opportunity to get across the Atlantic and challenge ourselves with an incredible platform in LMP3.
“Plus, I think every racer dreams of racing on some of Europe’s most prestigious and historic tracks.
“After 16 years as a pro athlete in my first career I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. We will certainly be racking up some airline miles!”
Wilson and Evans are the first driver pairing confirmed for the UK Prototype series, alongside the Anglo-American squad’s previously confirmed efforts in the European Le Mans Series, Michelin Le Mans Cup and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“I’m delighted to welcome CJ and Andrew to the United Autosports team,” said team owner/managing director Richard Dean. “I’m sure they will love racing the Ligier JS P3 and will enjoy racing at some of the best circuits in the UK.
“The Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship is the perfect starting point for these guys and I’m hoping more people will see the benefit of this fantastic new championship.”