Rossi has enjoyed an increasing role within Caterham since the beginning of the season, balancing a GP2 campaign with his test duties. The American driver will take part in one Friday practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix for Caterham, giving him a chance to display his talents in a Formula One car. Two weeks later though, Rossi will be stepping into the Nissan LMP2 car for the team alongside Tom Kimber-Smith and compatriot Eric Lux.
Speaking to SPEED, team manager Jacob Greaves was enthusiastic about Rossi representing them at the prestigious race.
“We are sorry to lose Christian from our Le Mans lineup. He has been an integral part of the team over the past two seasons and brings many elements from his business world that have helped us.
“We are fortunate to have signed a driver of Alexander’s calibre and we are confident that we can combine our strengths to challenge for the LMP2 class victory at 90th anniversary Le Mans 24 Hours.”
Many former F1 drivers will be racing in this year’s race, including Anthony Davidson, Kamui Kobayashi, Giancarlo Fisichella and Bruno Senna.
For Rossi, the opportunity to race at Le Mans is a great one, and he will be keen on turning a few heads in the endurance racing world as well as showing Caterham his dexterity outside of Formula One.
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