The veteran of 179 Components 1 begins will be part of the Italian producer’s roster of contracted drivers for subsequent 12 months and can play a key function within the growth of the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship contender, in addition to endeavor a restricted programme of GT occasions with the manufacturing facility Iron Lynx squad.
Grosjean will dovetail testing the LMDh and appearances on the wheel of an Iron Lynx Lamborghini Huracan GTE EVO2 in 2023 alongside one other season in IndyCar with Andretti Autosport.
Grosjean, who has grow to be the third driver confirmed for the Lambo LMDh programme after Mirko Bortolotti and Andrea Caldarelli, will then transfer right into a race seat within the LMDh in ’24 when Iron Lynx fields one of many new automobiles in every of the WEC and IMSA at the side of sister crew Prema Engineering.
He’ll make his Lamborghini debut with Iron Lynx in subsequent month’s Daytona 24 Hours IMSA collection opener sharing a GT Daytona Professional class entry with Bortolotti and Caldarelli and is anticipated to contest the Sebring 12 Hours and Petit Le Mans at Highway Atlanta rounds in March and October respectively with the crew.
Lamborghini has thus far not revealed whether or not Grosjean will race in WEC or IMSA or each within the LMDh.
Grosjean instructed Autosport: “For me, it’s unbelievable to symbolize Lamborghini, particularly now with endurance changing into a class with so many producers.
“The negotiation that led me to signal with Lamborghini was very fast: one cellphone name with Giorgio Sanna [Head of Lamborghini Squadra Corse], two or three e-mails and we have been glad and agreed on every thing.
“With Lamborghini being such a profitable model, I hope we will do effectively sooner or later.”
Sanna described Grosjean as a “driver with an enormous quantity of expertise in varied classes”.
Lamborghini LMDh Prototype
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He defined that the brand new signing will “add a substantial amount of worth to our GT3 programme however extra importantly the event of our LMDh automobile”.
Grosjean defined that the GT programme in North America will assist him gear as much as racing the LMDh in ’24.
“The expertise with the Huracan will serve me to achieve expertise and perceive endurance in america,” stated Grosjean, who raced a Matech Ford GT1 in a brief season of FIA GT1 World Championship occasions and on the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2010.
“I do know Le Mans, I do know Spa, however I do not know Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
“It is going to be essential to begin this fashion, to construct the connection with the crew and my team-mates.”
The Lamborghini LMDh developed at the side of Ligier Automotive is because of run for the primary time subsequent spring.
Iron Lynx’s GT programme subsequent 12 months with the Huracan will embody the 4 IMSA enduros at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Highway Atlanta and an assault on the GT World Problem Europe Endurance Cup.