Belgian IndyCar veteran Bertrand Baguette was named one of the new drivers for OAK Racing's FIA World Endurance Championship LMP1 program, the team announced Tuesday.
Baguette, who came within a late-race caution and four laps of winning the 2011 Indianapolis 500 in a one-off drive for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, will drive alongside OAK holdover Guillaume Moreau and new recruit Dominik Kraihamer, a 22-year-old Austrian who made his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut with ORECA in LMP2 a year ago. The trio will drive the team's No. 15 Oak Pescarolo Judd.
“I am delighted to be joining OAK Racing's LMP1 squad for this year's World Endurance Championship,” said Baguette, who had tested for Peugeot's LMP1 program in the off-season and was rumored for a potential drive there.
“Being as the cars share many similarities with single-seaters I'm sure I will be able to put my experience to good use. Moreover, I'm thrilled to be contesting prestigious events like Sebring, the Le Mans 24 Hours and, of course, Spa, where I will be racing in front of my home fans.”
Its P2 lineup is also strong, with two professional drivers alongside team principal Jacques Nicolet. Mathieu Lahaye moves from the team's P1 to its P2 Morgan-Judd, with Oliver Pla back for a full season after sporadic drives for the team in 2011.
“Both the Oak Pescarolo LMP1 and Morgan 2012 LMP2 look like strong, competitive packages, especially after both competed over 1,000 kilometers of test mileage during the winter,” Nicolet said.