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Era Continues in LMP2 with Unchanged Lineup

Era commits to full-season IMSA program with Dalziel, Merriman continuing full-time…

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Era Motorsport has announced its continuation in the LMP2 class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year with an unchanged driver lineup.

Dwight Merriman and Ryan Dalziel will return as the full-season pairing in the Indianapolis-based team’s Oreca 07 Gibson, with Kyle Tilley coming on board for the enduros.

Paul-Loup Chatin completes the crew for the Rolex 24 at Daytona season-opener, reuniting the quartet that claimed LMP2 honors in the same race earlier this year.

“It’s great to be getting the band back together for 2022 in IMSA,” said Merriman, who is the team’s designated Bronze-rated driver.

“We really hit our stride as a team as the season progressed, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do in this approaching race season.

“I’m thrilled to be having Ryan alongside me for the full season, and it’ll be great to still have Kyle around for the endurance events.

“Winning the Rolex 24 was such an amazing experience, and I’m looking forward to getting back to Daytona so we can defend that win and have a great 2022.”

Era entered all but one of last year’s LMP2 races and added a second class victory to its Daytona triumph with a win at Road America in August.

Merriman and Dalziel took fourth in the championship standings after Era’s season ended in dramatic circumstances with a heavy accident at Motul Petit Le Mans.

The team also fielded an Oreca in the opening four rounds of the European Le Mans Series, as part of its association with French outfit IDEC Sport.

“Our 2021 season was amazing, winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona, then backing it up with a second place at Sebring was a perfect start,” said Dalziel, who is also competing in Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS next year.

“We struggled a little in Europe with the rules etc. but when we came back to the USA we instantly found our stride winning at Road America.

“In my own head, I wasn’t looking at other IMSA opportunities, I was super happy staying at Era in my 2021 endurance role. However, when Kyle offered me to drive full season with Dwight, I was completely ecstatic.

“Kyle and Sarah Tilley have built an incredible team and I am honored to be part of it for 2022. I can’t wait for Daytona.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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