DragonSpeed will take to the 2017 European Le Mans Series season with a pair of new Oreca 07s, it was announced on Wednesday.
The decision came after a strong performance from the West Palm Beach, Fla.-based squad at last month’s Four Hours of Imola.
To accommodate running two of the French manufacturer’s new-for-2017 LMP2 chassis, DragonSpeed will also expand its base at Circuit Paul Ricard in southern France.
The team also has hopes of competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year. Its current Oreca 05 Nissan received a place on the reserve list for this year’s race, but not a confirmed entry.
“Imola was just what we needed to remind ourselves that we have the ability and hunger to back up our ambitions,” said team principal Elton Julian.
“I can’t thank Henrik [Hedman] enough for his vote of confidence in the team. It’s a dream opportunity and we intend to grab it with both hands.
“I’ll even be relocating with my family to make sure I can give 100% to the program.
“We can start talking to potential drivers now, and Henrik and I will be at Le Mans this week to make our case for racing in next year’s 24 Hours.”
“In its short time in LMP2, DragonSpeed has already made great progress. Their first pole and podium at Imola are a just reward for the job they’ve done,” added ORECA President Hugues de Chaunac.
“We are happy to see the team growing with two of our cars for next year, and would like to thank both Henrik and Elton for their faith in ORECA.
“We are looking forward to a strong and successful cooperation.”