Three time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves who returns to the NTT IndyCar Series on a partial programme with Meyer Shank Racing in 2021 will make his FIA World Endurance Championship debut alongside Alex Brundle, son of Sky Sport F1HD commentator and former F1 driver Martin Brundle having signed to race for theInter Europal Competition LMP2 Team.

Speaking following the news, Castroneves said:

“I’m super excited to be able to race at the WEC with Inter Europol Competition for the Sebring race, we’ve been talking last year and now we were able to do something really special and hoping this could lead for more opportunities with the team…. after three years racing with DPI it certainly prepared me for this challenge and I just can’t wait for 2021 to start.”

Alex Brundle commented saying:

“I’m delighted to take on the challenge of the World Endurance
Championship with Inter Europol Competition. It’s great to be back racing on the world
stage and at some circuits I really enjoy. I’m certainly joining an impressive driver roster and
I can’t wait to start pushing the car with Kuba, Renger and Helio. The team have scored
great results in LMP3 and I’m looking forward to working alongside the engineering and the
mechanical crew to be part of the next stage of the team's racing success and
development.”

Brundle and Castroneves are joined in the team by Renger Van der Zande and Kuba Smiechowski and speaking about the news, Van der Zande said:

“Its a privilege to be adding this FIA WEC programme with Inter
Europol Competition to my Chip Ganassi Racing with Cadillac programme in IMSA next
season. That's my base programme for 2021 and of course, I am happy to be going back to
Le Mans as well, such an iconic circuit and race. Unfortunately, I have a clash for the first
round of the series at Sebring, so I cannot race there in WEC, but I will be watching and
hope that Inter Europol Competition has a great run, while I focus on the Ganassi IMSA 12-
Hour race. As a result, my FIA WEC season really starts at the next round at Spa-
Francorchamps.”

Kuba Smiechowski commented saying:

“It’s really fantastic to be joining the WEC. When we started the team
we never dreamed of achieving this. I think we have a nice line-up. For sure working with
people like Alex, Renger and Helio will be an amazing experience and I can’t wait for it to

start. I know that the whole team will rise to this new challenge, as they have done in the
past. It’s going to be a great year.”

Team manager Sasch Fassbender commented saying:

“I am proud of our team for being the first Polish team
to compete in the World Endurance Championship. Special thanks to our team sponsor Inter
Europol for making this possible. As our driver line-up shows, we are not competing just to
be there. No, we want to make an impression or two and leave our mark in the WEC. With
Kuba, who is now contesting his 3rd season in LMP2, and Renger and Alex, who can already
look back on race victories in LMP2/DPI, we have put together a strong team. The whole
team is highly motivated and cannot wait to enter the WEC stage in March.”

 

 

 

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