Caterham F1 reserve driver Alexander Rossi will make his debut in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race after his employers helped tee up a deal for the American to race a Greaves Motorsport Zytek LMP2 (pictured above) at the world’s most famous endurance race.
The LMP2 team will run in Caterham’s green and yellow colour scheme as part of the deal, which will see Rossi – who has shown immediate front-running pace since making a last-minute debut in Caterham’s GP2 Series team – team up with three-time class winner Tom Kimber-Smith and American Le Mans Series LMPC champion Eric Lux in one of the team’s two Nissan-powered entries.
“Alexander joining Tom and Eric means the car is full of talent,” Greaves Motorsport team principal Tim Greaves said.
It is unclear as to whether this tie-in with Caterham is a one-off or whether it will extend over the remainder of the team’s 2013 World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series campaigns.
But the deal is a smart move in promoting Caterham’s rivalry with fellow boutique sports car maker Alpine – in which it owns a 50% stake – who will be placing its colours on an entry fielded by the Signatech Team.
The deal is also likely to delay Rossi’a inaugural on-track appearance in Caterham’s CT03 F1 challenger, which was set to occur on Friday practice at the Canadian Grand Prix on 7 June. That weekend also coincides with the opening practice session for the Le Mans 24 Hours, with qualifying and the race occurring on each of the subsequent weekends that follow.