Will Owen will make his return to racing after a year on the sidelines, joining United Autosports for the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship and the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The 26-year-old will form part of the Anglo-American squad’s line-up for the full WEC campaign, racing alongside Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson. It will be Owen’s first full season in the series.
Additionally, he will complete the team’s line-up at Daytona, driving alongside the previously confirmed Hanson, Guy Smith and Jim McGuire.
“I am overjoyed to be returning to racing and to be back with United Autosports,” Owen said. “The opportunity to race in the full WEC season with Filipe and Phil is a special opportunity, and I am so grateful that it has come to fruition. It also gives me a lot of confidence that I will be driving with two very experienced teammates, and a team that has continued to grow and achieve great results.”
“I am also excited to be returning to the Rolex 24 at Daytona too. We have a great line-up with Jim, Phil, and Guy, and I think we are really going to enjoy working together.
“The first time I competed in this race was in 2018 with United Autosports where we finished fourth. I have learned so much since then and can’t wait to return for a chance at a Rolex.”
“Taking a year off from racing was a good decision, and it has allowed me to see a lot of things with a new perspective. I respect the challenge of getting back up to speed since I have not driven in a year, but I believe that once I do, I will be the best I have ever been.”
“This Winter I will have a lot of work to do to get back into driving mode for Daytona, but I am excited by the challenge and also happy that I am working with United again.”
Owen first joined United Autosports in 2017 after transitioning from single seaters. Since then, he has gone on to contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times with the team. He also raced for the Juncos Racing DPi squad in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in 2019.
“I’m delighted to welcome Will back to the team for the 2022 24 Hours of Daytona and the 2022 WEC season,” said team co-owner Richard Dean. “We were very sad when he decided to move away from racing at the end of the 2020 season, so we are so pleased he has decided to return once again.”
“We love having Will as part of the team, not only is he a fast driver, but he is a pleasure to have around the team too. I’m excited to see his partnership with Phil and Filipe in WEC evolve, as well as seeing him back at Daytona too with Jim, Guy and Phil.”