The Briton has stuffed one of many two vacant seats within the three-car squad of Cadillac V-LMDhs for Daytona on 28/29 January alongside six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon, who will race one in all two Chip Ganassi Racing-run Cadillac Racing entries.
Aitken will race alongside full-season Motion Categorical drivers Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims, whereas three-time general Daytona winner Dixon will line up with Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande in Ganassi’s common IMSA entry.
Aitken has solely formally been introduced for Daytona, however the quotes from each driver and crew in Cadillac’s assertion recommend that he will probably be within the Motion Categorical automotive for the IMSA Endurance Cup rounds at Sebring, Highway Atlanta and, presumably, Watkins Glen.
That raises the prospect of the 27-year-old additionally contesting the Le Mans 24 Hours with Cadillac.
Cadillac’s LMDh programme boss Laura Wantrop Klauser recommended in October that the Basic Motors model is aiming to have its two IMSA cars on the grid on the French enduro alongside its full-season entry within the World Endurance Championship.
This automotive, additionally run by Ganassi, will even contest Daytona subsequent month with Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook, its driver line-up for the WEC.
Aitken has been picked up by Cadillac after two seasons of sportscar racing alongside his reserve position at Williams, which included racing on the 2021 Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain.
He contested a partial programme within the 2021 GT World Problem Europe with the Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini squad and remained with the crew in 2022 for a twin assault on the GTWCE Endurance Cup and the ADAC GT Masters sequence in Germany.
Aitken has prototype expertise from racing with TF Sport within the ELMS this season
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This 12 months Aitken additionally raced within the TF Sport-run Racing Group Turkey ORECA-Gibson 07 LMP2 within the European Le Mans Sequence and made his Le Mans debut driving for the Algarve Professional LMP2 squad.
He’ll get his first style of the V-LMDh, which has been developed round Dallara’s next-generation LMP2 design, throughout subsequent week’s official two-day LMDh sanction take a look at at Daytona at which all 9 Caddy drivers are scheduled to drive.
Aitken mentioned: “The prospect of working with Motion Categorical and Cadillac on the V-LMDh programme had me gripped as quickly because it grew to become a risk and dealing to make actuality over the previous weeks has solely solidified my opinion that we’ll be taking over a unbelievable calendar of occasions with a particularly motivated and top-level crew.
“It is going to be a real pleasure to signify a model like Cadillac at a time when the endurance world is getting into what many are calling a golden period of sportscar racing.”
Motion Categorical crew supervisor Gary Nelson mentioned: “All of us on the crew are thrilled to have Jack be part of our crew as our endurance driver.
“We now have gained six IMSA Endurance Cup titles and 5 IMSA general championships up to now 9 years, and robust runs all through the endurance occasions are crucial for each.
“We predict nice issues in 2023 and with Jack’s assist we will’t wait to get began.”
Ganassi IndyCar driver Dixon is taking on his conventional place within the crew’s Daytona roster. He has raced with the crew within the opening spherical of the IMSA championship yearly since 2004 except 2020 when the crew was absent.
Dixon will reprise his endurance position with Ganassi
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Dixon gained the race outright with Ganassi in 2006 and 2015, respectively driving Lexus and Ford-powered Riley Daytona Prototypes, in addition to notching up a category win with the crew in 2018 on the wheel of a Ford GT.
Within the 12 months of Ganassi’s absence he took his third general victory with the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac squad.
This 12 months, Dixon raced Ganassi’s Cadillac DPi-V.R Daytona Prototype worldwide at each Daytona and Petit Le Mans at Highway Atlanta, however missed Sebring as a result of it clashed with the Texas IndyCar race.