IMSA President John Doonan said: “We could not be prouder to release this preliminary list of participants for the Rolex 24 At Daytona significantly earlier than we ever have before.
“Looking up and down the lineup, we will have a tremendous field of teams, cars and drivers and no shortage of compelling storylines to develop and follow in the next two months as we lead up to the race.
“With such a stacked field, it would be impossible to identify a favorite in any of the four classes.”
Keating will carry out a double-duty role at Daytona, driving as part of United Autosports’ LMP2 effort and his first time in an LMDh.
In the previous DPi era, in 2022, he carried out a double-duty role for JDC Miller at Daytona alongside his PR1 Mathiasen LMP2 role, although this will mark the first time a bronze driver will race in an LMDh car.
Proton Competition will return as the other Porsche customer team, having confirmed Gianmaria Bruni and Neel Jani thus far.
The works Porsche Penske Motorsport cars retain their drivers, bringing on WEC Porsche driver Laurens Vanthoor and IMSA Petit Le Mans rookie Josef Newgarden. The former will assist the #7 Porsche 963 whilst the 2023 Indy 500 winner will drive in the #8.
Ford Multimatic Motorsports will debut the new Mustang GT3 at the prestigious race, having announced their full-season drivers already and will announce their Endurance Cup and Daytona drivers in due course.
The #27 Heart of Racing will return with their Aston Martin Vantage GT3 to defend their class-win, featuring Zacharie Robichon, Roman De Angelis, Marco Sorensen and Ian James in their driver line-up.
AWA will take on their first race as a Corvette customer team, fielding two Z06 GT3.R entries for the 2024 IMSA season, and stand as the last, reining LMP3 Daytona 24 winners.
Drivers Anthony Mantella, Nico Varrone, Thomas Merrill and Charlie Eastwood will represent the team’s #17 Corvette, whilst Orey Fidani, Matt Bell, Lars Kern and a soon-to-be announced fourth driver will pilot the #13.
Inception Racing will be the other McLaren in the field as Brendan Iribe, Frederik Schandorff, Ollie Millroy and Tom Gamble are set to take on the Daytona 24 amongst the fierce competition.
The #43 Andretti Motorsports is an entry independent from the Wayne Taylor Racing partnership, as their Porsche 911 GT3.R will be driven by Jarett Andretti, Gabby Chaves, Scott Hargrove, and a fourth driver.
Proton Competition will run the new #55 Ford Mustang GT3 as their customer team, and have not confirmed their drivers ahead of the new challenge.