Herta has made a strong impression piloting the works BMW M8s in GT Le Mans, run by the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team.
The Californian 20-year-old was part of the GTLM winning line-up at Daytona – his IMSA debut – in 2019, and in his five subsequent outings he scored three more top-fives. The last of these, the Sebring 12 Hours last November, should have actually been another win but co-driver Connor De Phillippi was struck by an errant GTD car in the final stint.
“I’m excited to be staying with BMW this year,” said Herta who has also scored three IndyCar wins in his first two years at the top level, and finished third in last year’s NTT IndyCar Series championship.
“I appreciate the opportunity to drive the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. It’s going to be a new challenge for me racing in the GTD class, but I’m very much looking forward to cracking on with everyone.”
He will be joining Turner’s full-timers BMW legend Bill Auberlen, who last year earned the record for the number of IMSA wins – 62 – and rising star Robby Foley, the pair of whom finished second in the GTD championship last year. The other member of the line-up, and the team’s Michelin Endurance Cup third man, will be Aidan Read.
“Our lineup for 2021 is stellar,” said Will Turner, team principal. “Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley have become quite the dynamic duo over the past few seasons, and I could