The latest driver announcement for this year's Petit Le Mans came Tuesday afternoon as Level 5 Motorsports confirmed Marino Franchitti as its fifth driver for its two cars in the American Le Mans Series 2011 season finale.
Franchitti, who has been sidelined from ALMS or Le Mans Series starts save for the 12 Hours of Sebring this season, will co-drive Level 5's No. 055 HPD ARX-01g at Road Atlanta with team principal Scott Tucker and Luis Diaz.
Level 5 premiered its cost-capped P2 class entry at Monterey last weekend and finished fourth overall with Tucker, Diaz and Christophe Bouchut behind the wheel.
Franchitti has also driven HPD's initial ARX-01a prototype which ran from 2007 through 2009, the updated ARX-01c which Highcroft Racing took to its second straight ALMS prototype title last season, and the new P1-spec ARX-01e which ran to second at Sebring this year less than a week after the team received the chassis.
The Scotsman seeks his third consecutive win at Petit having won the P2 class with Dyson Racing's Lola Mazda in 2009 and with Highcroft a year ago.
Level 5's second new HPD chassis will run for points in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup with Tucker, Bouchut and Joao Barbosa in the No. 33 car. Although Franchitti's car won't score ILMC points, it does give the team a second chance at securing an automatic invite to next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Several other third driver announcements for the 1,000-mile or 10-hour endurance test are expected to come either later this week or early next week.