Mazda adds Marino Franchitti to its Sebring 12 Hours line-up
|Monday, February 20th 2017, 17:52 GMT|
Former Sebring 12 Hours winner Marino Franchitti will return to the Florida enduro this year with the Mazda Daytona Prototype international squad.
The Briton, who won Sebring with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2014 after finishing second on two occasions, will race the #70 Mazda RT24-P alongside full-season drivers Joel Miller and Tom Long in the second round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship on March 18.
Franchitti is returning to the wheel of a Mazda sportscar run by long-term partner SpeedSource for the first time since a Daytona 24 Hours appearance in 2012.
Mazda Motorsports director John Doonan described Franchitti as a "proven winner who's been part of the Mazda family for years".
"Just look at his record at Sebring. He has the experience that can really help our team," he said.
Franchitti will drive the Riley-based RT24-P for the first time in an official pre-Sebring test later this week.
He will be racing a contemporary car for the first time since he was stood down from Ford's World Endurance Championship GTE Pro line-up after six of the nine rounds last year.
IndyCar driver Spencer Pigot will again share with Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez in the #55 Mazda DPi.