Oliver Jarvis to take on dual IMSA and World Endurance Championship in 2022
Oliver Jarvis is set for a new dual challenge in the 2022 motorsport season.
The 37-year-old Burwell-based driver will be racing an Acura Dpi for Meyer Shank Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, a competition in which he took part last season.
He had raced in IMSA for four years with Mazda Motorsports, but the Multimatic-supported factory operation ended their association with the championship last season, with Jarvis helping them go out on a high with victory in the Motul Petit Le Mans.
Alongside racing for Meyer Shank Racing, Jarvis will return to the World Endurance Championship for the first time since 2017 with United Autosports in an Oreca LMP2.
Jarvis will race alongside Tom Blomqvist for Meyer Shank Racing, who will be embarking on their second season in IMSA. Four-time Indianapolis 500 Champion Helio Castroneves will be Meyer Shank Racing’s endurance driver for the season.
“It was MSR’s first season in the prototype class of IMSA so they had a steep learning curve and didn’t get the results they were hoping for but by the end of the season showed some strong pace.
“It is great to be joining MSR racing and allows me to continue in IMSA which I have loved being a part of for the last four years.
“With a new team and new car there will be lots to learn but together I hope that we can
continue the progress the team made towards the end of this year and the goal has to be to fight for race wins. I am confident we have all the capabilities and can’t wait to get going at Daytona in January.
“I am delighted to stay in IMSA as it’s such a great championship. I have had a fantastic four years there and it was important for me to continue after Mazda withdrew.”
In the WEC, Jarvis will be driving the Oreca LMP2 category, and racing alongside Josh Pierson and Alex Lynn.
His record in the championship is 37 appearances, with five wins and 13 podium finishes.
He was the overall vice-champion in 2016 and the LMP2 vice-champion in 2017, and was Audi’s last LMP1 race winner.
“United Autosports is one of the top teams in WEC and fought for the championship till the last race weekend,” said Jarvis.
“With United Autosports I will be driving alongside 15-year-old Josh Pierson, who will be 16 when the season starts.
“Josh has shown exceptional speed but he will have a lot to learn as he makes the step up. My role, along with Alex Lynn, will be to help fastrack that learning process.
“I last raced full-time in WEC in 2017 so it’s great to be back. It is such a strong championship and next year promises to be the strongest LMP2 season yet.”
United Autosports was founded by American businessman and entrepreneur Zak Brown and former British racing driver Richard Dean and contested in FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup in 2020. They will be fielding a pair of Oreca 07 Gibsons for the first time next season.
Dean said: “I have known Oliver for many years now and it’s a pleasure to have seen him grow into the brilliant racing driver he is today.
“He had a taste of racing with us at Fuji, so I’m thrilled he has now joined us for a full season of the FIA World Endurance Championship. He is the perfect team-mate for Josh and will be able to guide him during his first season in the WEC. I can’t wait for Sebring now.”
Brown added: “Oliver is one of the best endurance racers out there so having him as part of our team as we move to entering two cars in the WEC is a great move for the team.”