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Stroll Confirmed in Jackie Chan DCR JOTA Lineup for Rolex 24

Lance Stroll confirmed in Jackie Chan DCR JOTA entry for Rolex 24…

Photo: Williams F1

Lance Stroll is set for his LMP2 debut, having been confirmed in Jackie Chan DCR JOTA’s lineup for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

As predicted by Sportscar365 last week, the Williams F1 driver will join Felix Rosenqvist, Robin Frijns and Daniel Juncadella at the wheel of one of the team’s Oreca 07 Gibson entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener.

It will mark the 19-year-old Canadian’s second Rolex 24 start, after finishing fifth overall in his debut in 2016, in a Riley-Ford DP for Chip Ganassi Racing.

“We are going to Daytona to enjoy, compete and of course try and win,” Stroll said. “I always want to be best and most competitive I can be.

“I’ll be out there with some of my buddies in the same car and it is going to be a pleasure to do this race again as I just love to race.

“We are the four young guns so it will be great fun I’m sure because we go way back together. A big part of Daytona is who you share the car with so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Stroll’s signing is the latest high-profile addition to the race, which includes two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso driving for United Autosports.

The lineup for DCR JOTA’s second Oreca will be announced shortly.

“I’m delighted to welcome Lance, Felix, Robin and Daniel into our team,” said team co-owner David Cheng.

“Their speed and calibre is well known, as well as their past experiences with sports car and endurance racing.

“With this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona being the most competitive I’ve seen in decades, the addition of this fantastic lineup will help us ensure the best odds to pursue the top step of another famous 24 hour podium.”

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

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

    November 30, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Would he possibly be in that seat for Le Mans as well?

    • KW

      November 30, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      I don’t think so. Williams and his management will tell him to focus on his F1 season as soon as it has begun in March, especially as his first season was not so convincing.

      • The factoid

        December 1, 2017 at 9:32 am

        Williams not in a great spot to be nixing any plans he might have for Le Mans. Stroll brings the money and right now he is about all Williams has driver wise.

  2. Jo

    November 30, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Interesting lineup considering none of the four have vast experience in prototypes. I’ll be watching intently to see how they do.

    • Jack

      November 30, 2017 at 10:36 am

      They said the same for the second esm car that switched to the KFC livery in wec in 2016 with 3 guys with no prototype expirence and they were insanely quick.

    • David Chaste

      November 30, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      These guys were all being groomed to handle F1 cars. Prototypes are much easier to drive since they’re also made for gentleman drivers.

  3. KW

    November 30, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    A real champion lineup –
    Stroll: F3 champion 2016
    Rosenqvist: F3 champion 2015
    Juncadella: F3 champion 2012
    Frijns: F.Renault 3.5 champion 2012
    and except Stroll they all have experience in GT cars meanwhile.
    Fast lap times guaranteed, but a good final result needs also caution and patience in traffic; we’ll see…

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