Former Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta will contest both the Sebring and Watkins Glen endurance rounds of the IMSA SportsCar Championship driving for United Autosports.

Di Resta made his sportscar debut driving the team’s LMP2 entry at last month’s Daytona 24 Hours, where he finished fourth.

The Scot will race alongside Phil Hanson and Bruno Senna in the Sebring 12 Hours, as well as the six-hour race at Watkins Glen.

These two races are rounds two and three of the North American Endurance Cup leg of the IMSA series, of which the event in Daytona was the curtain raiser.

“After the success, we had in Daytona and what could have been, I’ve really got the bug for doing more and why not be part of it with United Autosports where it all started,” di Resta stated.

“It’s a new task for the team racing out in America and there’s lots going on, but being part of that back in the car alongside Bruno and Phil is great.

“There’s plenty of work to do and I’m looking forward to undertaking these two races and seeing what it leads to. Hopefully, we can have a great result and the team can work together to get the best out of it.”

Di Resta’s sportscar debut at Daytona was a success. The team was in contention for a podium before a clutch issue marooned the #32 JSP217 Ligier squad in a still impressive fourth place.

“It’s great to have Paul back with the team for Sebring and Watkins Glen,” said team owner Zak Brown. “He did a fantastic job at Daytona and really settled into sportscar racing so to have him racing alongside Bruno and Phil will only strengthen our campaign out in America.”

The announcement means that di Resta will compete in all but one of the four Endurance Cup events, as he will miss the final race of the IMSA season – the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

The event clashes with the final round of the DTM series, in which di Resta will compete full-time for Mercedes in 2018.

His United Autosports team-mate Bruno Senna will also miss the IMSA finale courtesy of the newly-forged clash with the WEC round at Fuji.