United Autosports — the sports car team co-owned by McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown and former racer Richard Dean — has added a pair of IndyCar racers to the lineup of its LMP2 entries for the Rolex 24 At Daytona in Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.
“I’m really happy to get a deal done with Zak [Brown] and Richard [Dean],” said O’Ward — already a two-time Rolex 24 winner in just three starts at the iconic American endurance race. “It’s something I’ve been bugging them about for a while, so Daytona 2024 was a complete no brainer!”
The Mexican will join Ben Keating, Ben Hanley and recently announced Nico Pino in the No. 2 Mission Foods United Autosports LMP2 ORECA 07
“We have been trying to get Pato in a United Autosports car for a while now,” said Dean, United Autosports CEO. “After a few false starts, finally we have our man. Pato brings experience as a Daytona race winner and is just plain fast in everything he drives! I would like to thank everyone at the Arrow McLaren IndyCar Team for helping make this happen.”
This will be third Rolex 24 for Rosenqvist, who raced there in Prototype Challenge and LMP2 in 2016 and ’18 respectively. The Swede will share the No. 22 ORECA 07 with Daniel Goldburg, Paul di Resta and a fourth driver still to be announced Floridian race that will launch United Autosports’ first full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
“I’m super excited to be back in sports car racing,” said Rosenqvist. “It’s been five years since I did a sports car race … I used to do it a lot back in the day but it’s been put on pause recently because I’ve been focusing on my IndyCar career. It’s something I love doing and to be racing with United Autosports is really cool. This team has won a lot of LMP2 races before, so they’re coming in with the expectation to do well — which matches my goals!”
“Felix Rosenqvist is a winner,” added Dean. “He has won races across an impressive range of series through his racing career and, over the past five years, has made a real name for himself in IndyCar. We are really excited to see Felix in the United Autosports car this January and feel very proud to partner with him in his quest for success at Daytona.”