DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Add another entry to the mix in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class for the 2021 Rolex 24 At Daytona – and maybe more in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Eurasia Motorsport, which has an extensive background in Prototype competition in the European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series and FIA World Endurance Championship, announced it will field a Ligier in the LMP2 class at January’s Rolex 24, in conjunction with Rick Ware Racing and BAM Motorsport Management.
Cody Ware, the reigning Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 Am champion who has also logged more than 50 combined starts in NASCAR’s Cup, Xfinity and Trucks series since 2014, will drive in the Rolex 24, with the remainder of the lineup to be named later.
"This is an exciting new venture for us at Eurasia Motorsport," said Mark Goddard, team principal at Eurasia Motorsport, which has bases in Malaysia and the Philippines. "We’re currently shipping our two Ligier JS P217s to the factory in readiness for the Rolex 24. The team will be based at the RWR (Rick Ware Racing) facility in the U.S. and we will be managing the program from there with our own race and data engineers as well as race mechanics. We will benefit from logistical and personnel support from RWR, and we’re looking forward to this new challenge."
While the confirmation is currently only for the 24-hour WeatherTech Championship season opener, the team would like to compete in all of the year’s IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup events. The IMSA operations will work out of the Rick Ware Racing facility in North Carolina, with the project managed by BAM Motorsport Management.
Cody Ware, who also raced in the IMSA-sanctioned Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series in 2014, picked up two class wins in the 2019-2020 Asian Le Mans Series on his way to the championship with Gustas Grinbergas.
"I had the pleasure of meeting with Mark Goddard and David Madgwick (BAM Motorsport managing director) early this year in the Asian Le Mans Series, and I was really impressed with their program there," Cody Ware said. "The Ligier P2 was fast week in and week out and the team as a whole were so professional. I followed their 24 Hours of Le Mans program with interest too, so naturally I’m excited to be working with Eurasia and the BAM team this year and really looking forward to heading to Daytona for the Roar and then the Rolex 24.
"With my other race programs, it is going to be a very busy season for me. But between my commitments to NASCAR and the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, I think it’s going to be a very cool 2021."
The 2021 WeatherTech Championship season gets under way with the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test from Jan. 22-24 at Daytona International Speedway. Rolex 24 At Daytona action begins with practice on Jan. 28. The world-renowned race on the 3.56-mile Daytona road course begins on Jan. 30.