After months of dwindling line ups and speculation over entries the World Endurance Championship has received an entry boost in the run up to its Austin.
A season high 29 cars are entered for the race, titled the Lone Star Le Mans, at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas including a factory GTE car for Corvette.
The race, which runs back-to-back with a round of the Tudor United Sportscar Championship, will include three one-off US based entries and the long-awaited debut of the Lotus T129.
Earlier this month Corvette announced it would be entering a single car into the six hour race as well as it’s two full season TUSCC entries in the race earlier in the day.
The one-off car, financed through a boost from several local sponsors, will be piloted by Vette regular Tommy Milner as well as brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor.
It will be only the second time the C7.R has taken on the WEC field, after coming close to victory in June’s Le Mans 24 Hours, and comes amid rumours that the Americans are evaluating a full season entry for 2015.
They will be joined in GTE by Le Mans stalwarts Krohn Racing, who put together an heroic last minute effort, barely two weeks before the event, to fill the grid at Le Mans.
Owner/driver Tracey Krohn will again be partnered by usual sidekick Nic Jonsson and the pair will be joined by former Stig Ben Collins in their 458 Italia.
In LMP2 TUSCC frontrunners Extreme Motorsports will enter a single car to the six hours. Their HPD ARX-03b will be steered by regular drivers Scott Sharp, Ed Brown and Ryan Dalziel while their second P2 car remains in the TUSCC event.
The announcement that Extreme Motorsport were to enter the WEC round came as owner/driver Scott Sharp announced their intention to take on the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours.
In other changes G-Drive will replace their ageing Morgan-Nissan with a brand new Ligier JS P2 and Jeff Segal comes into 8-Star’s Ferrari to replace Enzo Potolicchio.
Brit James Rossiter will partner Chrisphe Bouchout in the Lotus with an as yet unnamed third driver while IndyCar race winner Mike Conway will replace Kazuki Nakajima in the #7 Toyota TS040.
One car that won’t be seen at the Circuit of the Americas though is the much-delayed Strakka-Dome LMP2.
They announced that the car’s debut will now be delayed until the last race of the season at Inerlagos.