Force India F1's Sergio Perez in TRG Aston Martin Daytona tie-up

Force India Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez will partner with the TRG team to enter a group of Mexican racers in an Aston Martin in the 2016 Daytona 24 Hours

Force India F1's Sergio Perez in TRG Aston Martin Daytona tie-up

Perez's older brother Antonio, a touring car racer in their home country, will be joined in the GT Daytona class TRG-AMR Aston by sportscar racing compatriots Ricardo Perez de Lara and Santiago Creel, plus Briton Lars Viljoen.

TRG CEO Kevin Buckler said: "I am thrilled to be making this announcement regarding our partnership with Sergio Perez and the outstanding driver line-up that we have assembled.

"This has been a long-term project as we have been working on putting together this type of Mexican driver programme since our first Daytona 24, with Carlos Slim and Jimmy Morales in partnership with the team in 2005.

"We want to offer Hispanic drivers an opportunity to compete in sportscar racing at the highest level, and look forward to developing this programme further by creating opportunities for companies with US and Mexican business interests via the exposure of motorsports."

Perez will be a partner in the project rather than driving the car.

"I'm proud to put this team of strong drivers in the hands of TRG-Aston Martin Racing for one of the biggest sportscar races of the year," he said.

"Our sponsors will love this new exposure, and I know the Mexican fans will be cheering our guys through all 24 hours."

TRG driver Christina Nielsen was runner-up in the 2015 United Sportscar GTD title battle.

The team will continue to run a factory-assisted two-car Aston line-up for the full season in what is now the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

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