G-Drive Racing by APR will make its Rolex 24 hours of Daytona debut in 2022 and less than two months ahead of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship season-opener, the Russian team has announced its eight drivers that will fight for victory in the LMP2 class at the iconic event.

The #68 machine’s driving squad will be led by famous German driver Rene Rast, who already raced for G-Drive Racing in 2016, finishing second at Le Mans and winning a FIA World Endurance Championship race with the team. The 35-year-old three-time DTM series champion, who has enjoyed class victories and podiums at Daytona in the GT and Prototype classes, will be teamed up with experienced Briton Ed Jones, French sportscar racer François Heriau, and 21-year-old Dane Oliver Rasmussen, who will make his sportscar debut at the legendary event.

After winning the 2016 Indy Lights championship, Jones progressed to the IndyCar series where he has several seasons and a start in the famed Indy 500 under his belt. Frenchman Heriau already has a lot of endurance racing experience, winning the opening round of the ELMS LMP2 Pro-Am class in 2021 and impressing all season long. Danish FIA Formula 3 racer Rasmussen, meanwhile, will make the switch from single-seaters to sportscars for Daytona after a strong season racing on the Formula One events.

The #69 entry will be crewed by John Falb, who will reunite with G-Drive Racing by APR after winning the LMP2 Pro-Am title in the 2021 European Le Mans Series with the Russian team. The 50-year-old American will be joined by three strong teammates with Italian Luca Ghiotto, Australian James Allen, and 17-year-old Dutchman Tijmen van der Helm completing the strong line-up.

26-year-old Ghiotto has raced successfully in Formula 2 for the last few seasons, where the Italian took six race wins. Allen, like Rast, has already raced for G-Drive Racing, competing for the team in the 2018 ELMS season, and has enjoyed success in the 24 hours of Le Mans, finishing third in the LMP2 class in 2021. Van der Helm, who raced in the FIA Formula 3 championship last season, will not only make his endurance racing debut at Daytona but will also celebrate his 18th birthday at the event, making Van der Helm G-Drive Racing’s youngest ever driver.

Roman Rusinov, G-Drive Racing’s team principal: “We continue to actively prepare for the 2022 season, which will be very eventful for our team. It will start overseas with the legendary 24-hour endurance race in Daytona. G-Drive Racing has been the most successful team in the LMP2 class over the last decade so the interest in our first participation in the Daytona 24 hours was very high. As always, we carefully approached the choice of drivers, and I think we have assembled the best possible team, which is a mix of youth and experience. I am especially glad that my friend Rene Rast has returned to our team. His speed, experience, and past success at  Daytona make him extremely valuable for the team and I’m sure we have all ingredients for victory in this iconic event”

The 60th running of the Daytona 24 hours, first held in 1966, is scheduled to take place on January 29th and 30th and serves as the opening round of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship.