Simpson, a 19-year-old Caymanian who will contest the 2024 IndyCar season with Chip Ganassi Racing, joins a squad in DragonSpeed which have received three earlier instances within the LMP2 class at Daytona (2019, 2020, 2022). He’ll drive the group’s #81 Oreca 07-Gibson, 2023 Rolex 24 LMP2 victor James Allen, and 2022 LMP2 successful Bronze driver Eric Lux.
“I’m excited to hitch DragonSpeed for the Rolex 24,” Simpson stated. “The group has such an ideal pedigree, and I’m certain we’ll hit the bottom working. Sportscar racing has been an important element of my growth as a driver and I’m glad to proceed that with a successful group.
“It’s good to be again with James for an additional race, and naturally James, Eric, Elton (Julian), and the remainder of group all know what it takes to win at Daytona.”
Mike Hull, managing director at Chip Ganassi Racing, added: “For Kyffin to have a chance with a group at DragonSpeed’s stage not solely provides him a shot at successful, however can also be a super warm-up for his IndyCar season.”
DragonSpeed Staff Principal Elton Julian believes Simpson’s latest expertise, which incorporates successful the title in ELMS and likewise co-driving to an LMP2 class victory at Sebring final 12 months with Tower Motorsports, bolsters its line-up.
“With Kyffin’s addition, I consider our driver lineup will match anybody’s in LMP2 on the Rolex in 2024,” Julian stated.
“We’re actually wanting ahead to taking full benefit of his phenomenal development as a driver during the last couple of years. Having Eric and James again within the fold simply strengthens our probabilities of being in rivalry going into the ultimate phases of this nice occasion.
“I feel we’re positioned for a robust homecoming to, and future in, IMSA, who actually put out the welcome mat to make this program attainable.”
Allen, who teamed alongside Simpson to grow to be 2023 European Le Mans Sequence co-champion, shared his pleasure to reunite with Simpson.
“I’m delighted to proceed with Kyffin as my teammate going into the Rolex 24 after our triumph within the ELMS this 12 months, and it’s nice to be again with DragonSpeed after our spell collectively in 2018-2019,” Allen stated.
“With Elton’s grasp of Daytona’s calls for and Eric on board as nicely, all of the items are in place to problem for an additional win on the Rolex.”
Lux added: “2024 will likely be my 14th Rolex 24, and my third Daytona outing with DragonSpeed. Elton at all times delivers a package deal able to combating for the win, and our racing partnership and friendship is stronger than ever.
“With Kyffin and James sharing the automotive, I’m assured we will problem for the highest step of the rostrum once more. I can’t wait to get all the way down to enterprise with them and the group on the Roar and the race!”
The ultimate member of the DragonSpeed lineup will likely be introduced in early January.