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O’Ward and Herta headline DragonSpeed entry for Daytona 24

The 2018 Indy Lights title rivals gained 5 IndyCar races between them final season, with the previous remaining in title rivalry till the ultimate spherical at Lengthy Seaside the place his Arrow McLaren SP entry was an early retirement.

The pair will workforce up with Herta’s 2022 Andretti Autosport IndyCar team-mate Devlin DeFrancesco and sportscar stalwart Eric Lux for the IMSA curtain-raiser, which does not depend for factors in direction of the LMP2 championship.

Elton Julian’s DragonSpeed squad, who will enter 2019 IMSA champion Juan Pablo Montoya and Henrik Hedman for the rest of the season, has twice gained the LMP2 class at Daytona in 2019 and 2020.

It ran Indy Lights graduate DeFrancesco and bronze driver Lux to 3rd in 2021 race, partnered with GT3 regulars Fabian Schiller and Christopher Mies.

“I can not assist however suppose it is too unhealthy we could not safe a DPi for this race, as this line-up clearly deserves one!” mentioned Julian.

“Most of our LMP2 rivals are able to delivering a quick, environment friendly, and dependable run. We intention to do the identical and provides our all-stars – all with loads of Daytona expertise – the platform they should make the distinction.”

Patricio O'Ward, McLaren MCL35M

Patricio O’Ward, McLaren MCL35M

Picture by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Herta has a GTLM Daytona class win beneath his belt with BMW Staff RLL from his first try on the occasion in 2019, however has by no means beforehand raced a prototype.

“I’m fairly snug at Daytona, however I’ve by no means pushed a prototype earlier than so I’ll be centered on attending to grips with that,” mentioned the 21-year-old.

“The truth that DragonSpeed have persistently delivered an awesome automobile at Daytona is a confidence increase, and I can not wait to get caught in with Devlin and Pato.”

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O’Ward, who examined a McLaren Method 1 automobile in Abu Dhabi final week (pictured above), has loads of sportscar racing expertise having gained the LMPC class in 2017 with Efficiency Tech Motorsports.

The 22-year-old Mexican, who additionally gained his class at Daytona that 12 months, added: “I feel it is an awesome lineup which provides us an actual shot at successful.

“We’re all a part of the identical era, so coming collectively for this race makes a really cool reunion. It is a lengthy few days in Daytona and it helps to have the ability to benefit from the expertise along with your team-mates.”

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