Grosjean joins Lamborghini’s ranks ahead of 2024 LMDh drive

The 179 Formula 1 veteran drivers will join the Italian manufacturer’s contract drivers for next year, playing a key role in the development of the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship contender, as well as taking on a limited program of GT events. Factory Iron Lynx team.

Alongside another season in IndyCar with Andretti Autosport, Grosjean will test the LMDh in 2023 and get behind the wheel of an Iron Lynx Lamborghini Huracan GTE EVO2.

Grosjean, the third driver approved for the Lambo LMDh program after Mirko Bortolotti and Andrea Caldarelli, will move into the race seat at LMDh when he drives one of Iron Lynx’s new cars in each of the WEC and IMSA in 24. with sister team Prema Engineering.

Sharing a GT Daytona Pro class entry with Bortolotti and Caldarelli, he will make his Lamborghini debut with Iron Lynx at next month’s Daytona 24 Hours IMSA series opening, and is expected to make his debut at the Sebring 12 Hours and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta races in March and October. respectively with the team.

Lamborghini has so far not revealed whether Grosjean will compete in the WEC, IMSA or both at LMDh.

Grosjean told Autosport: “It’s incredible for me to represent Lamborghini, especially now that durability has become a category with so many manufacturers.

“The negotiation that led me to the deal with Lamborghini was very quick: a phone call with Giorgio Sanna. [Head of Lamborghini Squadra Corse]two or three emails and we were happy and agreed on everything.

“With Lamborghini being such a successful brand, I hope we can be successful in the future.”

Sanna described Grosjean as “a driver with great experience in various categories”.

Lamborghini LMDh Prototype

Photo: Lamborghini SpA

He explained that the new signature will “add great value to our GT3 programme, but more importantly to the development of our LMDh vehicle.”

Grosjean announced that he will help the GT program in North America prepare for the LMDh race on the 24th.

“My experience with the Huracan will help me gain experience and understand endurance in the United States,” said Grosjean, who raced the Matech Ford GT1 in a short season of FIA GT1 World Championship events and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2010.

“I know Le Mans, I know Spa, but I don’t know Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans.

“It’s going to be important to start that way to build relationships with the team and my teammates.”

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The Lamborghini LMDh, developed in conjunction with Ligier Automotive, is expected to debut next spring.

Iron Lynx’s GT program with the Huracan next year will include four IMSA enduros in Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta, and an assault on the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup.

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