DragonSpeed will seek a third consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona LMP2 class victory in January’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener, with the U.S.-flagged, European-based team having confirmed an entry for Eric Lux.
Lux’s co-drivers in the car, a brand-new Oreca 07 Gibson chassis, have yet to be determined.
The team, which had planned a full-season LMP2 campaign this year, contested three IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races with Henrik Hedman, who switched his focus to the 24 Hours of Le Mans mid-season.
Lux has been one of the few drivers to have had his driver rating adjusted for 2021.
It will mark his 11th participation in the Rolex 24 and in his 18th season competing in sports car racing.
“I’ve nearly won there on several occasions and for it to become a reality you need the right team, the right car, and the right teammates,” said Lux, who is now Bronze-rated by the FIA.
“I’ve known Elton as a teammate, team owner, and friend over the past ten years and watched the team’s combination of pace and strategy win the Rolex 24 last year.
“I have complete confidence in Elton and his crew to put together the strongest program out there.”
DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian said Lux’s reclassification gives them one of the best Bronze-rated drivers in the class.
“We’re really looking forward to supporting Eric’s bid for his first win at Daytona, and looking to bring a group of drivers to the package that can help deliver on that,” he said.
“We’ll have the same crew that was behind our success the last two years at Daytona, so we’re excited to see if we can make it three in a row.”
In addition to DragonSpeed’s Daytona effort, it’s understood the team will also contest a full season of the FIA World Endurance Championship with Hedman as its gentleman driver.