Former LMP2 World Champion Ricardo Gonzalez is set to become a team owner in the FIA World Endurance Championship, with the 38-year-old driver in the process of finalizing the formation of his own organization that will run under the Mexican flag next year.
Gonzalez, who finished third in this year’s LMP2 championship with G-Drive Racing, is reportedly close to inking a deal with Morand Racing, which would operate the team’s Ligier JS P2 Nissan — with technical support from OAK Racing — in the expanded nine-round season.
While a team name has not yet been finalized, Gonzalez’s operation will become the first Mexican-registered team to compete on the international stage since Fernandez Racing, with an expected heavy tie-in to the WEC’s new round in Mexico City.
Drivers, beyond the Silver-rated Gonzalez, have yet to be confirmed, although it’s believed open-wheel ace Bruno Senna is in the frame for one of the seats.
Gonzalez’s new team is expected to field one of at least three Ligier JS P2s in the WEC, joining Tequila Patron ESM, which will be operated largely by OAK Racing next year.