Reigning FIA World Endurance LMP2 class champion and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Ferdinand Habsburg, and European Le Mans Series champion Louis Deletraz, have been announced as part of Tower Motorsport’s lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The Florida-based team confirmed Friday that the two 2021 WRT drivers will team up with reigning ELMS LMP2 Pro-Am class champion Rui Andrade and team principal John Farano in the No. 8 Oreca 07 Gibson in LMP2 for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener.
Both Farano and Deletraz have been named full-season drivers, with Andrade set for the Michelin Endurance Cup races.
It will mark Farano’s third year in IMSA WeatherTech Championship competition.
“I have already had the pleasure of testing at Daytona with these amazing drivers who immediately put their speed and talents on display,” said Farano.
While still operating in conjunction with Starworks Motorsport, Farano has brought in a number of new staff to the organization, including notable former crew from Extreme Speed Motorsports and Onroak Automotive.
Farano added: “I am very much looking forward to another great season with Rick Capone (Capone Motorsports) leading our technical crew (Erwan, Richie, Martin, Damien, Daniel, Alain, JJ, Jan, and John) and our amazing engineering group led by Matthieu Leroy and supported by Viktor and Townsend whom I am sure will continue to field one of the best performing cars on the grid.”
Deletraz, meanwhile, is set for his first full season of racing in America.
“The 2022 preparation has already started with some testing at Daytona,” he said. “We all have the same goals and motivation of having a successful 2022 season.
“The off-season preparation has already started to be ready for Rolex 24 At Daytona at the end of January where we aim to start strong.”
Habsburg added: “Racing in America is something else. I have raced all around the world, but nothing comes close to the atmosphere in Daytona on race day.
“It just drags you in and makes you want to go back again and again. I am really looking forward to sharing a car with my fellow Bullet Rui, Remus Ambassador Louis, and Tower Motorsport stalwart John Farano.
“My goal is quite clear: I missed out on the watch in Le Mans so I will give my all to grab one in Daytona.”