Jota Sport to race full FIA WEC season in 2016

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Jota Sport has announced that it will compete in the full FIA World Endurance Championship season in 2016 with an Oreca LMP2 car.

Jota currently focuses its endurance racing endeavors on the European Le Mans Series, only taking part in select rounds of the WEC.

In 2015, the team’s Gibson-Nissan car won the LMP2 class at the 6 Hours of Spa before finishing second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

However, Jota Sport will now expand its WEC commitment to the full 2016 campaign, as confirmed in a statement on Friday.

“Jota Sport will contest the FIA World Endurance Championship with an ORECA 05-Nissan while continuing to compete in the European Le Mans Series with its venerable Gibson-Nissan next year,” it reads.

“2016 marks the first year that the British team will contest a full WEC season although it has already enjoyed considerable success in the championship.”

Team owner and driver Simon Dolan is confident that Jota Sport can maintain its good form from its occasional appearances across the full WEC season, targeting the LMP2 title in 2016.

“I am obviously very excited for Jota Sport to be competing in the 2016 WEC,” Dolan said. “We have proven over the last three years with our WEC wins at Le Mans and Spa that we will be immediately fighting for race wins while the LMP2 championship title is definitely our aim and within our grasp.

“We have been looking very closely at various chassis and I’m delighted to announce our partnership with Oreca.

“We have been very impressed with the ORECA 05 having raced against one all season in both WEC and ELMS races. It was quick straight out of the box and just as importantly, has shown remarkable reliability.

“I am confident that we have chosen the best chassis for 2016 and beyond in to the new regulations.”

Jota Sport raced at Spa and Le Mans with Dolan and ex-GP3 champion Mitch Evans, whilst Nissan’s Harry Ticknell and Formula E driver Oliver Turvey filled the third seat for one race each.

With Evans working closely with Porsche LMP1 driver Mark Webber, Jota’s commitment to a full season could offer him an opportunity to move full-time into sportscar racing from GP2.

Regardless, the presence of another team in LMP2 is only set to strengthen the class ahead of its regulation change in 2017.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold