DragonSpeed will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship for a one-off.
The American team will enter the race at Circuit Of The Americas in two weeks’ time, with Ben Hanley, Henrik Hedman and Colin Braun behind the wheel of the ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car.
That was the same trio that won the Daytona 24 Hours two weeks ago, but since only three drivers are needed during the 6 hours, they had to leave Harrison Newey at home this time.
DragonSpeed did a double programme during last season of the FIA WEC, with them being active with an LMP2 car and an LMP1 car. The LMP1 programme was hit by several technical issues, on top of the series accident at Spa Francorchamps, where Pietro Fittipaldi had leg fractures. That programme was shut down after just a single season, moving their attention towards the European Le Mans Series, where they already were running beforehand.
There is still an ELMS programme in place for 2020, in addition to a full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship programme, for the rounds there LMP2 cars are running.
With Hanley, Braun and Hedman in the car, they should be able to compete on quite equal terms with the likes of Racing Team Nederland and High Class Racing, who has a Bronze rated driver in the car too. It will be very tough to follow the teams, where the lowest-ranked driver is Silver. But it is 6 hours, and the car has to run all the way to the chequered flag without issues.
The FIA WEC race at COTA will run on 23 February 2020.