Caterham 2013 reserve driver, Alexander Rossi, has joined the DeltaWing Racing Cars team to drive in the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. The announcement was made by DeltaWing on Friday, December 20.
Mr. Rossi will join British teammates Andy Meyrick and Katherine Legge for the 24-hour endurance race that takes place January 23-26, 2014
The only American driver on a Formula 1 team in 2013, Rossi said he was glad for the opportunity to take on a new challenge, according to DeltaWing.
"The 24 Hours of Daytona is an important motorsport event," said Rossi, "and I’m honored to be driving for Don Panoz and his DeltaWing project. Being able to race and work with Panoz is a bit surreal for me, as I grew up karting and watching his rich history in American motorsport and the cars he designed."
"I’m fairly new to endurance / sports car racing, but after the success of Le Mans I’m looking forward to the new challenge of Daytona. It’s also a privilege to work with experienced teammates like Katherine Legge and Andy Meyrick. I especially want to thank Don Panoz and David Price for their confidence in my abilities."
Said Ms. Legge about her new teammate, "Andy and I are very excited to be working with Alexander -- it will be great to see his reaction to the car."
Mr. Meyrick agreed, saying, "Katherine and I are looking forward to having Alexander join us at Daytona. He’s one of the most promising single seat drivers in the world and it will be fascinating to see him in the DeltaWing. As an American driver, it will be great for him and for the team."
Team manager, David Price, said the process of adding Rossi to the team for this event "wasn't complicated." He said, "I asked him if he wanted to do Daytona and he said yes! There are not an abundance of American drivers in Formula One right now, so to have someone of his ability to drive for us is significant. Daytona is a circuit that suits the characteristics of this car; we were competitive at the test last month so we will focus on reliability and build on that going forward."
The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona will be the inaugural event of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The new series combines the former Grand-Am and American Le Mans series together with a new schedule and roster of tracks.
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