Norris to make Rolex 24 at Daytona debut in 2017 with United Autosports

Lando Norris will make his Rolex 24 at Daytona debut in 2018 with United Autosports - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Lando Norris will make his sportscar debut in the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona after being announced as one of United Autosports’ line-up alongside Will Owen, another Daytona debutant.

The current FIA European Formula 3 Championship title contender and McLaren Formula 1 Team Junior driver is looking to use the January event in a bid to keep race sharp ahead of his 2018 ‘open wheel’ season, and he will join United Autosports to race one of its Ligier JS P217’s in Florida.

Norris, who has won championships in MSA Formula, Toyota Racing Series and Formula Renault 2.0 in his short career already, currently sits third in the standings in European Formula 3 with his Carlin Motorsport team, and he is looking forward to making his sportscar debut next year at Daytona.

“I’m looking forward to racing at Daytona – it will be an exciting one-off challenge competing in sportscars,” admitted Norris. “The Rolex event and the Speedway track are both world famous.

“The experience will provide me with an opportunity to stay race sharp and physically fit during the winter, important elements for me heading in to the 2018 season, while at the same time having some fun in one of the world’s greatest sportscar endurance races.

“The Ligier will be totally new for me and the first car I’ve raced with a roof since a Ginetta in 2014 but I’m certain I’ll adapt quickly. United Autosports has quickly made a name for itself in sportscars and so I’ll be using its experience and Will’s to help in my transformation from single-seaters.”