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Stevens Joins WTR for Endurance Cup Rounds

ELMS ace Will Stevens signs with WTR for IMSA enduros as Taylor, Albuquerque continue…

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Will Stevens will contest the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup rounds as the only new recruit to Wayne Taylor Racing’s DPi driver lineup for the 2022 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Stevens has been confirmed in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and Motul Petit Le Mans, working with the full-season duo of Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque.

Alexander Rossi completes the four-man lineup for the Daytona season-0pener next month.

New signing Stevens, who raced for Panis Racing in the 2021 ELMS season, is poised for his first outings in IMSA’s DPi class but has already tested with the WTR squad.

He joins the team that has won four of the last five Rolex 24 editions, three times with Cadillac and once last year with its current manufacturer partner Acura.

Taylor, Albuquerque and Rossi won Daytona this year, sharing the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 with Helio Castroneves.

Stevens has primarily raced in LMP2 in recent seasons, both in ELMS and the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“I’m super excited to join the Wayne Taylor Racing family and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans,” said Stevens.

“This team is very respected and one that I’ve always wanted to be part of. IMSA Is a huge market in motorsport that is growing massively and it’s a relationship that I want to build on for the future.

“I have known Ricky, Filipe and Alexander a little bit over the past few years, so it’s nice to have that relationship already with the guys. It’s an honor to be part of this exceptional No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 team and to help with the success for this year.”

Taylor and Albuquerque finished second in the 2021 IMSA DPi standings and took three victories including Daytona.

“I’m excited to finally announce our 2022 driver lineup for the full season, the Michelin Endurance Cup and for the Rolex 24 at Daytona,” said WTR team owner Wayne Taylor.

“Each year, we speak with many drivers as we develop our driver lineup, and I feel very good to officially announce everyone.

“Ricky and Filipe will be back as full-time co-drivers. Continuity is always a good thing and both of them work really well together. We have Alexander Rossi joining us again. He did a great job with us last year helping us win the Rolex 24.

“Will Stevens will be running all Michelin Endurance Cup races for us. He’s been someone that we’ve been watching over the last year or two and gathering info on.

“Alex and he were teammates in Formula 1 years ago, so the drivers meshed very well at the recent two-day test in Daytona where Will came up to speed very quickly.

“The most important thing is having everybody with the same goal which is to win. Thank you to Acura, HPD, Konica Minolta, Harrison Contracting and CIT who have all helped to make this happen and I can’t wait to get back to Daytona.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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