Lando Norris will make his sports car racing debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, joining United Autosports with its Prototype class entry.
The 17-year-old single-seater star will join fellow Daytona rookie Will Owen in the team’s Ligier JS P217 Gibson, alongside an as-yet-unconfirmed third driver.
Norris currently runs third in the European Formula 3 Championship and claimed the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 titles last year.
“I’m really excited to be racing for United Autosports and at Daytona,” Norris commented.
“The team have proved themselves to be front runners in prototype racing and they had a great performance at the Le Mans 24 Hours last month so I’m hoping I can add to their LMP2 success.
“To race at Daytona will be fantastic. It will be my first 24-hour event but I can’t wait to get out in the car round such an iconic track.”
Owen, his Daytona co-driver, is racing in the European Le Mans Series with the Anglo-American team this season and recently formed part of the team’s lineup for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it finished as the highest-placed Ligier.
“I have been watching Lando since his Ginetta Juniors days and he has pretty much dominated all the lower formulas since then,” added Team Owner and Managing Director Richard Dean.
“As a McLaren-Honda F1 development driver and the current McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award winner Lando is very hot property right now.
“I’m really pleased he joins the United family at Daytona in our Ligier LMP2 car.”