United Autosports has named three drivers for the upcoming 2024 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
The British-American team will move across the Atlantic, to do a full IMSA season, after the LMP2 category in the FIA World Endurance Championship no longer will exist after 2023.
Ben Keating and Alex Quinn were announced in the first car for the team about a month ago, but it has later turned out that Quinn will be the third driver on the car for the endurance rounds, and not a full-season teammate to Keating, which the press release from the team kinda said.
Today’s news from the team leaves no doubt.
Dan Goldburg, Marino Sato, and Paul Di Resta will be sharing the other car for the team, with Goldburg and Di Resta being the full-season drivers, with possible exceptions of potential date clashes with the FIA WEC programme for the Scotsman, where he races for Peugeot TotalEnergies.
Goldburg has primarily been known for his LMP3 driving, claiming several wins. He did however run in an LMP2 car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he shared the Tower Motorsports #8 entry with Louis Deleztraz. As a bronze-rated driver, he is super important for the team, since it’s often down to their speed, let alone being able to keep it on the track, to be successful. The debut with Tower couldn’t have gone much better, with a second-place finish in the race.
Di Resta is a bit of UA veteran, but definitely not the driver to have done the most races for the team. The Scotsman has often been called up, if there was the need for a replacement driver, since he is busy with his Peugeot job, when he isn’t doing Formula 1 expert commentator stuff during the TV broadcasts.
Sato made his debut for the team in the European Le Mans Series in 2023, being part of the winning crew at Motorland Aragon in August. He is still gathering speed in the LMP2 car, but as the result showed last month, he is quite valuable to the team. He will help out at the five Michelin Endurance Cup rounds, making his IMSA debut.
It is still not clear, who will join Keating as the full-season driver for 2024 – and there is often a fourth driver in the car for the 24-hour race at Daytona, who hasn’t been named yet either.