Phil Hanson will make his return to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition as part of United Autosports’ LMP2 effort for the Michelin Endurance Cup races.
The 22-year-old Brit will join the previously announced Guy Smith and Jim McGuire at the wheel of the team’s No. 22 Oreca 07 Gibson in the four long-distance races beginning with January’s season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.
It will mark Hanson’s return to the IMSA paddock since 2018 when he took part in the Daytona, Sebring and Watkins Glen races in a Ligier JS P217 Gibson.
Hanson has since gone onto claim class wins and titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European and Asian Le Mans Series.
“I’m super excited to be returning to Daytona,” said Hanson. “It’s three years since I last raced there, and I very much have unfinished business with that race.
“Although we won’t be competing for the outright win, I’m still very excited to be able to race in January and to start the season off with the biggest race in U.S. sports cars.
“I’m also excited to be returning to Sebring and Watkins Glen. They are two tracks I love racing at, and I haven’t been to for a few years, so it will be good to get back there.
“Petit Le Mans has been on my bucket list for a while now as well so it will be nice to finally tick it off the list.
“I’m looking forward to racing with Jim and Guy too. They have had a good year with United this year and I’m hopeful that next year we will be getting some solid results.”
The team’s fourth driver for the Rolex 24 will be announced later this week.
“It has been a few years since he raced in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship but since then he has become a multiple championship winning driver and it had been fantastic to see him grow into the professional driver he is today,” said team co-owner and managing director Richard Dean.
“I’m sure that alongside Jim and Guy they will get some good results throughout the season.”