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Pino joins United Autosports for IMSA’s Michelin Endurance Cup

Nico Pino will compete alongside Ben Keating and Ben Hanley for United Autosports in the endurance rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Keating was due to continue his partnership with 2023 IMSA co-driver Alex Quinn, however the 2024 FIA driver gradings increased Quinn’s status to Gold, opening up an opportunity for the Silver-graded seat. Cue Chilean racer Pino.

“Nico has been one of the standout drivers in both the IMSA and ELMS in recent seasons,” said Richard Dean, United Autosports CEO. “As a young driver with so much success already and the potential to win so much more, we are delighted to have him at United Autosports for our first full season in IMSA next year.”

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Pino raced with Sean Creech Motorsport in the LMP3 Michelin Endurance Cup this season, achieving two poles and two podiums. He set records in 2021 as the youngest driver to enter a European Le Mans Series (ELMS) race, taking the wheel of an LMP3 at the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The following year, he celebrated three class wins in the ELMS – stepping up to the LMP2 class in 2023, taking immediate victory at the opening round in Barcelona, and following it up with a back-to-back podium at the 4 Hours of Le Castellet.

“United Autosports, a team with a prestigious history and reputation in motorsport is for sure the best place to progress my career,” said Pino. “I am confident that alongside Ben Keating and Ben Hanley we can fight consistently for the top positions. I can’t wait to start working with the team to prepare the first race of the season, the 24 Hours of Daytona.

“I would like to thank Richard Dean and United Autosports for the opportunity to embrace this project. I will put all my effort into supporting this team.”

Pino’s first competition outing with the team will come in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Jan. 25-28.

Story originally appeared on Racer