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Owen Joins AFS/PR1 Mathiasen for Watkins Glen

Will Owen completes lineup in AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Ligier JS P217 Gibson for Watkins Glen…

Photo: United Autosports

Will Owen will complete AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports’ lineup in this weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, with the European Le Mans Series regular joining full-season drivers Sebastian Saavedra and Gustavo Yacaman in the team’s Ligier JS P217 Gibson.

Owen, who claimed a provisional LMP2 class podium finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with United Autosports, will make his second start with the Bobby Oergel-run team, following a one-off run at Long Beach last year.

It will mark the 23-year-old Colorado native’s first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship start since the Rolex 24 at Daytona, when he was at the wheel of a United Autosports Ligier.

“I’m glad to be racing back to the USA!,” Owen said. “I have never driven at Watkins Glen but it is an essential track that every American driver should know.

“I have played it on the simulator and I can’t wait to get out there for real.

“This will be the second race I have done with PR1 Motorsports, and I’m excited to catch up with the team again. I have open expectations, but I am hoping that WGI will favor the Ligier over other chassis.

“No matter what the race will be competitive, and to win we will have to do our best.”

Oergel added: “We have followed Will’s career for years now and we’re thrilled that he can join us again for Watkins Glen.

“He has proven to be a very accomplished endurance racer, and with his experience in Europe, he will be a great addition to our team.

“Last year we were very strong at Watkins Glen and we are confident that we can once again be fighting for our best result of the season this weekend.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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