Jarett Andretti will make his prototype debut next year, with Andretti Autosport having confirmed an entry into IMSA Prototype Challenge.
The newly crowned Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Silver class champion will make the move from SRO America competition to IMSA next year with a Ligier JS P320 Nissan in the six-round championship, with an eye towards the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2022.
Andretti’s co-driver in the LMP3 entry has yet to be announced.
The third-generation driver, son of John Andretti, who passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer, has worked his way up the sports car racing ladder, initially in TC America before running McLaren 570S GT4 machinery in the past two years of GT4 America, scoring multiple wins and the SprintX Silver title alongside Colin Mullan.
“To say I’m excited to be joining IMSA and the Prototype Challenge for 2021 would be an understatement,” said Andretti.
“In December of last year, Dad and I had many discussions about series we should grow into for 2021 and he felt strongly about the LMP3 cars and that it would be great for my development as well as our sponsors.
“We set that goal to move to prototype racing and have been lucky to have a great partner, Gallant, join the team this year as an associate and then grow into a primary sponsor for 2021 and beyond.”
Andretti Autosport chairman and CEO Michael Andretti added: “[Jarett] has shown impressive talent with the GT4 series and we can’t wait to see what he can do in the LMP3 cars. It is also great to see a partner like Gallant grow from an associate to primary sponsor level for the upcoming season.”
The news comes in the wake of United Autosports, a partner with Andretti Autosport, having confirmed a two-car LMP3 entry for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Gallant has been a longtime sponsor of United’s prototypes in European competition.