Hélio Castroneves, who won the Indy 500 three times, will make his World Endurance Championship debut with the Intereuropole prototype team in Sebring in March.
Brazilians from Poland’s LMP2 participants, team newcomers Renger van der Zande and Alex Brundle, and Europol’s regular Kbasmicho as part of the team’s list of drivers for the first season of a full-time fight at the WEC. Nominated with Husky.
Van der Zande, who won the 24 Hours of Daytona twice, and Brandle, the winner of the European Le Mans Series, will be Smithowski’s regular partners in the team’s solo ORECA-Gibson 07.
Castroneves will participate in the Sebring 1000 Miles, which opens on March 19th. This is because Van der Zande will work with the Chip Ganassi Cadillac team in a 12-hour match at the IMSA SportsCar Championship at the Florida venue the next day.
Active IMSA champion Castroneves, who was part of the Penske Acura IMSA attack in 2018-20, revealed that he was “extremely excited” to race at the WEC for the first time.
“After a three-year race with Daytona Prototype International, it certainly prepared me for this challenge, and I just can’t wait for 2021 to begin,” Castroneves said. Return to IndyCar full time in 2021 With the Meyer Shank Racing Team.
Van der Zande, who moved from Wayne Taylor Racing to Ganassi in 2021, returns to WEC for the first time since competing in five of the eight BR Engineering BR1 and LMP1 races with DragonSpeed Gibson in the 2018/19 Super Season. To do.
“We are honored to be able to add this WEC program and the Inter-Europole competition to IMSA’s Chip Ganassi Racing with Cadillac program,” said the Dutch, “I am happy to be back in the Le Mans 24-hour race.” 4 years in a row.
“It’s great to be back on the world stage,” Brandle said for the first time since joining the WEC with the Jackie Chan DC Racing team run by Jota Sports in 2017.
“I’m certainly on an impressive roster of drivers and I can’t wait to start pushing the car with Kuba, Ranger and Helio,” he added.
Sascha Fassenbender, Team Manager for Inter Europol, said: “We are proud of our team, the first Polish team to compete in the WEC.
“As the driver lineup shows, we’re not just competing to be there. We want to make an impression and leave a mark on the WEC.”
Intereuropole has competed with Ligier-Gibson JSP217 in Le Mans in parallel with the ELMS campaign at LMP2 for the past two seasons.
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