Kubica
Credit: Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen F1

Ex-F1 star and race winner Robert Kubica will make his Daytona 24H debut at IMSA’s opening round for High Class Racing’s LMP2 entry.

The Pole will join Ferdinand Habsburg, who was on the DTM grid last year but raced for Audi Sport Team WRT while team regulars Anders Fjordbach and Dennis Andersen complete the four driver-lineup.

They will all pilot High Class Racing’s Oreca 07-Gibson in the LMP2 category as part of a single-appearance in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.

Kubica’s sole Grand Prix win came at the 2008 Canada GP, a year after his horrifying accident at the same circuit.

After his near-fatal rallying accident in 2011 he returned to full-time motorsport with ROKiT Williams Racing in 2019, scoring one point in an uncompetitive season.

Afterwards, he entered the DTM championship for BMW Orlen Team ART where he scored one podium and 20 points in 18 races.

From 2019, he also partnered as a development and test driver for the Alfa Romeo Racing Formula 1 team and made his most recent appearance in an F1 car at the post-season test.

After a career of appearances in F1, WRC, and DTM, this will be his debut into the sportscar category.

The 23-year-old Audi DTM driver, Habsburg, made his LMP2 debut at the 2018 24 Hours of Daytona in a Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07 (entered by JOTA).

“Daytona, I’m back!,” he said in a tweet.

“Super excited to start the season early, racing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona with High Class Racing sharing the ORECA 07 LMP2 with Robert Kubica, Anders Fjordbach and Dennis Andersen.”

After Daytona, the team will return to their full-time duties in the World Endurance Championship, having entered two Orecas since 2019, and a single European Le Mans Series entry since 2017.

The race itself will take place on January 30-31 later this month where High Class Racing will fight for class-victory.

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