Williams reserve di Resta gets Daytona seat
19 October 2017 – United Autosports has announced that Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta will compete for the team at next year's Daytona 24 Hours.
Di Resta will pilot the squad's Ligier JS P217 for the iconic endurance event, alongside the outfit's European Le Mans Series racer Will Owen, which takes place in late January.
Di Resta competed in Formula 1 from 2011 to 2013 with Force India and made a one-off appearance at the Hungarian Grand Prix, in place of the unwell Felipe Massa at Williams.
He has been mooted as a potential contender for a 2018 drive at the operation, which has been evaluating Robert Kubica in recent weeks.
"I'm really looking forward to racing at Daytona and with United Autosports," said di Resta, who races full-time in DTM with Mercedes.
"I've never done a 24-hour race and never raced a prototype so it's all new to me, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.
"The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is getting bigger every year, so it's great to be part of it.
"I plan to do some testing ahead of the race to get integrated into the team and to get a shot at driving the car prior to heading to Daytona in January."
McLaren-backed youngster Lando Norris and Phil Hanson will pilot United Autosport's sister Ligier JS P217.