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Senna completes stacked United Autosports line-up for Rolex 24

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Bruno Senna has completed United Autosports’ stacked driver line-up for the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

The nephew of Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna, Bruno has focused chiefly on endurance racing since making his last grand prix start in 2012.

Senna clinched his first motorsport title at the end of last month after a stunning fightback in the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale in Bahrain, wrapping up the LMP2 drivers’ title alongside Julien Canal for Rebellion Racing.

The Brazilian will now venture to Daytona International Speedway for the Rolex 24 next month, becoming the seventh and final driver for United Autosports’ two-car entry.

Senna will partner Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer and Paul Di Resta for the endurance classic, with Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris and Phil Hanson teaming up in the second Ligier JS P217.

“I’m very excited to join United Autosports on this challenge for Daytona,” Senna said.

“It’s an incredibly accomplished team and with the experience from 2017, great technical talent, as well as the incredibly strong driver line-up, we should be up for a good fight right from the start!”

Team co-owner Zak Brown added: “I’m thrilled we have completed our Rolex 24 At Daytona line up and that Bruno will be joining the team.

“He’s a fantastic driver and a proven race and championship winner so will be a great asset to our team.”

Senna will feature in the pre-Daytona ‘Roar Before the 24’ test on January 5-7 before racing two weeks later on January 26-27.

MRTI: Keith Donegan earns Mazda Shootout Scholarship

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Dublin, Ireland’s Keith Donegan claimed a $200K scholarship from Mazda after emerging victorious at the second annual Mazda Road to Indy Shootout. The 20-year-old Donegan earned an at-large nomination for the scholarship based on his performance at this year’s Formula Ford Festival, in which he finished second in the final, and emerged from a pack of 17 drivers from across the globe to claim the scholarship.

“It really hasn’t hit me yet,” said an emotional Donegan, who earlier in his career actually spent two years away from racing as he focused on academics. “The weekend was really good and I enjoyed it. I have to say a huge thanks to Mazda and Cooper Tires and everyone at the Mazda Road to Indy. I enjoyed every moment. Throughout the weekend we were consistent and I kept the small things in check. I didn’t make any stupid mistakes and kept my head cool and that really paid off in the end.”

The two-day shootout was held at the Bondurant Racing School in Arizona and saw the nominated drivers tackle the school’s 1.6-mile circuit in Formula Mazda race cars before facing on and off-track assessments. Donegan was selected by a panel of judges that included former driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series TV analyst Scott Goodyear, Mazda drivers Tom Long, Andrew Carbonell, and Jonathan Bomarito, as well as Victor Franzoni – the current champion of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires – and Oliver Askew, the current champion of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Donegan was humbled to be in the presence of drivers who have won scholarships and championships previously, and added that he is grateful to have the opportunity to continue his racing career.

“You see all these champions here today that will go on to great things in the future and I’m sure the names you see here today aren’t going to disappear,” Donegan added. “They will be back up there and I’m sure I will be racing them again some day. It is an unbelievable opportunity to be given and for Mazda to provide that for any young driver. It just gives that bit of motivation that you need because the [U.S.] is where you need to go to become a professional these days. It is such a boost to my career.”

Donegan is now slated to join the 2018 USF2000 championship, with further announcements regarding the team with whom he’ll be racing to come in the future.

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