Sarrazin to contest 2017 Daytona 24 Hours with Rebellion Racing

Toyota driver Stephane Sarrazin will join fellow World Endurance Championship LMP1 racers Sebastien Buemi and Neel Jani in Rebellion Racing's entry for next month's Daytona 24 Hours

Sarrazin to contest 2017 Daytona 24 Hours with Rebellion Racing

The Frenchman will drive the Anglo-Swiss squad's solo ORECA-Gibson 07 LMP2 in the IMSA SportsCar Championship opener on January 28/29 together with Buemi, Jani and team regular Nick Heidfeld.

Sarrazin, who was team-mates with Heidfeld at the Venturi team in the 2014/15 Formula E season, said he was "happy to be part of this new challenge with Rebellion Racing at Daytona".

He added: "The driver line-up is high-level and I think we have all the assets to do a good job."

Sarrazin will be making his second start at Daytona, having previously raced in the 2013 event at the start of season in the North American Grand-Am series with the 8Star Motorsports squad.

Rebellion, which announced its departure from the LMP1 privateer ranks of the WEC in October, will contest the four long-distance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta that make up the North American Endurance Cup segment of the IMSA series.

The outfit has yet to confirm its primary programme in 2017 with its pair of ORECA 07 P2s.

shares
comments
BMW unveils new 'Art Car' for 2017 Daytona 24 Hours IMSA opener
Previous article

BMW unveils new 'Art Car' for 2017 Daytona 24 Hours IMSA opener

Next article

Hunter-Reay and Rahal enter 2017 Daytona 24 Hours with Acura

Hunter-Reay and Rahal enter 2017 Daytona 24 Hours with Acura
How MSR took Acura to the first win of sportscar racing's new era Plus

How MSR took Acura to the first win of sportscar racing's new era

After much anticipation, the new dawn for sportscar racing got underway with a result that mirrored last year's IMSA SportsCar Championship's season-opener run to the previous DPi rules. Here's how Acura once again took top honours in the Daytona 24 Hours with a 1-2 led by Meyer Shank Racing, as the new GTP class for LMDh hybrid prototypes made its bow

IMSA
Jan 30, 2023
The big question concerning IMSA's new LMDh cars on their debut Plus

The big question concerning IMSA's new LMDh cars on their debut

The new LMDh era finally begins in earnest this weekend with the IMSA SportsCar Championship curtain-raiser at Daytona. The prospect of multiple marques going all guns blazing for victory over 24 hours is a salivating one for fans of sportscar racing, but what are the chances of the new hybrid machines (known as GTP cars Stateside) proving reliable enough to win on debut?

IMSA
Jan 27, 2023
Inside BMW's long-awaited prototype racing return Plus

Inside BMW's long-awaited prototype racing return

Much like German OEM rival Porsche, BMW's absence from sportscar racing’s top flight will be ended this weekend when a pair of M Hybrid V8 prototypes make their debut in the Daytona 24 Hours. A programme focused on the IMSA SportsCar Championship for now will expand to the World Endurance Championship and Le Mans next year, in a sign of both its ambition and pragmatism

IMSA
Jan 26, 2023
How Porsche and Penske are gearing up for sportscar racing's bold new era Plus

How Porsche and Penske are gearing up for sportscar racing's bold new era

Porsche and Penske have teamed up to tackle the world's biggest sportscar races in 2023 with the new 963 LMDh car. Autosport was on hand at the recent Daytona test to hear from key players in the partnership as it prepares for dual campaigns across the IMSA SportsCar Championship and World Endurance Championship

IMSA
Jan 5, 2023
The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right Plus

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

Nyck de Vries’s Italian GP exploits weren’t the first post-eleventh-hour call-up in motorsport history, and won’t be the last either. Here are some offbeat tales from the past

General
Dec 26, 2022
The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age Plus

The long road to convergence for sportscar racing's new golden age

The organisers of the World Endurance Championship and IMSA SportsCar Championship worked together to devise the popular new LMDh rule set. But to turn it from an idea into reality, some serious compromises were involved - both from the prospective LMDh entrants and those with existing Le Mans Hypercar projects...

IMSA
Nov 25, 2022
How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game Plus

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game

The 956 set the bar at the dawn of Group C 40 years ago, and that mark only rose higher through the 1980s, both in the world championship and in the US. It and its successor, the longer-wheelbase 962, were voted as Autosport's greatest sportscar in 2020 - here's why

WEC
Aug 25, 2022
Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes Plus

Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

OPINION: While the focus has been on the exciting prospect of Ferrari vs Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, BMW’s factory return to endurance racing should not be ignored. It won't be at the French classic next year as it focuses efforts on the IMSA SportsCar Championship, but could be a dark horse in 2024 when it returns to La Sarthe with the crack WRT squad

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2022