Oliver Jarvis, the current IMSA Prototype champion, will race in the LMP2 division with the Era Motorsport squad for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will take place the month after next.
The Briton, who will not be defending his title in the renamed GTP class for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will join full-season drivers Dwight Merriman and Ryan Dalziel, as well as third driver Christian Rasmussen, onboard Era’s Oreca 07 for the Florida classic.
Last year, Jarvis won the Rolex 24 by himself, sharing Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura ARX-05 with Tom Blomqvist, Simon Pagenaud, and Helio Castroneves. Jarvis and Blomqvist went on to win the championship jointly.
On the other hand, he and MSR have decided to part ways for 2023, and Colin Braun has been signed on to be Blomqvist’s partner for the entirety of the 2023 season.
Jarvis expressed his enthusiasm about his upcoming participation in the 24 Hours of Daytona by saying, “I am pleased to be joining OKBET Motorsport Betting and teaming up with Dwight, Ryan, and Christian.”
“I believe that we have a wonderful balance of both youth and experience, which we are hoping will be the winning formula to repeat Era’s success in 2021 and my subsequent win in 2022.
“LMP2 continues to be an incredibly competitive category, and we are well aware that in order to win, we will need a flawless race, good teamwork, and a little bit of luck! When January rolls around, I can’t wait to travel to Florida and get to work with the team on achieving that victory.
Although Jarvis’s contract with Era only covers the Rolex 24, the British driver has indicated that he would be open to a deal that would allow him to compete in all four Michelin Endurance Cup races on the IMSA schedule in addition to his commitments to United Autosports for the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Rasmussen, who won one event in the Indy Lights series, will compete in all four enduros with the Era team. Rasmussen made his début for the team in the Petit Le Mans season finale of the previous year, effectively replacing team owner Kyle Tilley.
Tilley made the following observation on the upcoming 2023 season: “I’m quite excited to see what the team can do for the season, especially after coming so close to winning the championship in 2022.” “There is most certainly some business that is left incomplete.
“With the return of professional sports car racing made possible by GTP and LMDh, we are thankful to be invited by IMSA to be on the grid. This coincides with the resurgence of professional sports car racing. I believe that we will have a chance to win at Daytona now that Oliver is a part of our team.