Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 Champion Manuel Maldonado completes the #32 United Autosports driver line-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The cousin of former F1 race winner Pastor Maldonado made his prototype debut with United Autosports at the start of this year.
He pursued an LMP3 campaign in the ALMS which saw him win the championship alongside teammates Wayne Boyd and Rory Penttinen.
The Venezuelan then joined an ongoing campaign in the team’s #32 Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 for the European Le Mans Series.
Maldonado reacted to the Le Mans news in a press release:
“It couldn’t be a more exciting opportunity. The biggest race, with the reigning champions of Le Mans, I couldn’t be in a better place.
“Time to get my head down and focus on the race, there is a huge amount of preparation. I know how much this race means to everyone and I am so grateful to United for the opportunity.
“I am hoping for the best, and I am sure we will do great.
“It’s going to be very tough, as it’s the longest race I’ve ever done, but I know lots of preparation will be done beforehand. I can’t wait.”
Team Co-Owner Richard Dean added: “Adding Manuel to our Le Mans 24 Hours team made sense given how he has progressed in our ELMS team already this year.
“He will be making his Le Mans debut, so I hope he really enjoys himself as there really is no race like it.”
His former F1 family member competed in two Le Mans 24 Hours races, one in 2018 and another in 2019 as part of his full Super-Season commitments with DragonSpeed’s LMP2 efforts where he claimed P3 at Le Mans.