Hertz Team JOTA revealed the identity of not one, not two, but three of the six drivers who will defend its colours next season. The British outfit has hired 31-year-old Norman Nato, Phil Hanson (24) and Callum Ilott (25) for the 2024 season.
After competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for teams such as SMP Racing, RLR MSport, Rebellion Racing, Real Team Racing and AF Corse, Norman Nato (six starts, including a second place in 2020) joins the Hypercar class. The Frenchman took the wheel of the #38 Porsche 963 of Hertz Team JOTA at the FIA WEC Rookie Test held the day after the 2023 8 Hours of Bahrain. Nato is also involved in the MissionH24 development programme, a joint venture between the ACO and H24 Project to promote the use of hydrogen in motor racing, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Phil Hanson, meanwhile, has ended a five-year partnership with United Autosports to join JOTA. The young British driver learned the ropes in the highly competitive LMP2 class with the Anglo-American team winning the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans in the category. He will drive the #38 Porsche 963 alongside Oliver Rasmussen.
Callum Ilott is no newcomer to endurance. He raced in the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans at the wheel of the Iron Lynx Ferrari 488 GTE Evo (third in the LMGTE Am class). He is also a former member of the Ferrari Academy and the Red Bull driver development scheme. Ilott gained experience in GP3 and Formula Two before switching to IndyCar for three seasons. He will share the #12 Porsche with Nato and Will Stevens.
We now know who five of the six Hertz Team JOTA drivers will be for the 2024 season. The name of the sixth will be revealed very soon.