Will Owen has been confirmed at Juncos Racing for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as the first confirmed driver for its new Cadillac DPi-V.R program.
The open-wheel turned sports car racing driver will rejoin the Ricardo Juncos-owned operation following two seasons in Pro Mazda competition, highlighted by a fourth place finish in the 2016 championship.
Owen has more recently enjoyed success in prototype racing, mainly in Europe, with victories in the European Le Mans Series and LMP2 class podium in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in a United Autosports Ligier JS P217 Gibson.
The 23-year-old is set for a full-season campaign in the No. 50 Cadillac DPi.
“I have been dreaming of getting into a DPi car since I first saw them hit the track,” Owen said. “The Cadillac DPi-V.R is one of the strongest race cars ever built, so it is an honor to have the opportunity to race it with Juncos against the best teams in the world.
“This year we will be head to head with some seriously talented drivers.
“In the past the thought of that was intimidating, but thanks to the experience and coaching I have received in Europe I feel prepared to take on this challenge.”
The team recently took delivery of the car, with testing set to begin early next month.
Juncos said Owen brings “valuable experience” to the operation, which makes its sports car racing debut next year.
“We built a great relationship with him during his time with us in the Pro Mazda Championship, so we are looking forward to continuing our work with him for the 2019 season,” Juncos said.
“I would like to thank Will, his family, Speed Group, and his sponsors for making this opportunity possible.”
While yet to be announced, former TC2000 champion and GM Argentina factory driver Agustín Canapino and Juncos Indy Lights driver Victor Franzoni are believed to be in the frame for potential seats in the Cadillac DPi as well.
Canapino recently took part in simulator sessions at Dallara’s U.S. base in Indianapolis.