Job van Uitert will make his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut in this weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans, having been confirmed as the third driver in Tower Motorsport by Starworks’ lineup for the ten-hour enduro at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
The 22-year-old Dutchman, who currently sits second in the European Le Mans Series LMP2 standings, will join Silver-rated Mikkel Jensen and former co-driver John Farano in the team’s Oreca 07 Gibson.
Van Uitert, who was elevated to Gold rating this year, is coming off a runner-up finish in last weekend’s 4 Hours of Monza with his season-long United Autosports squad.
“It is a quick turn-around but that is OK,” van Uitert said. “You are not allowed to complain about these things when you get a call up to race at Petit Le Mans and I cannot thank Starworks Motorsport and especially John Farano enough for this opportunity.”
Van Uitert will be reunited with Farano, whom together with Rob Garofall, won the ELMS LMP3 championship in 2018.
“I am delighted to be racing with Job again,” said Farano. “We joined forces back in 2018 when he was a fresh-faced, very young single-seater driver who had just made the switch to sports cars but he took to it like a duck to water.
“It was a highly enjoyable season and I have been happy to see him thrive in Europe for the past few seasons.
“To now give him the opportunity to move into American racing is a great feeling and I am extremely confident that with Job and Mikkel Jensen, we will have the ideal lineup to fight for the LMP2 class victory in the upcoming Petit Le Mans race.”
The Peter Baron-led squad is making its first start since the Sebring July event, in what had initially planned to have been a full-season effort with Farano and Ryan Dalziel, who stepped down from the program last month.