Highcroft Racing has announced the signing of former IndyCar Series driver Scott Sharp for the 2008 American Le Mans Series season.

Sharp will join David Brabham in the team's LMP2 Acura ARX-01a for the season ahead, while Patron Spirits - who backed his IndyCar Series campaign with Rahal Letterman Racing - will also join the team as title sponsor.

As such, the team will run under the Patron Highcroft Racing banner for the coming season.

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"I am truly excited to announce the partnership between Patron Spirits and Highcroft Racing's Acura programme in the ALMS," team principal Duncan Dayton said. "Our ability to attract Patron Spirits is a testament to the hard work that Highcroft has put in over the past 18 months and our results on the track. This partnership represents a significant milestone for this young team and for the ALMS.

"The team is delighted to welcome Scott Sharp to the Patron Highcroft Racing family. Scott comes from a long line of sports-car racers and holds strong family ties to the Connecticut area. In fact, some of our team members worked for the original Newman-Sharp teams over 20 years ago. Scott's distinguished career in the Indy Racing League certainly bodes well for a successful partnership with Patron Highcroft Racing, Acura and David Brabham."

The signing of Sharp doesn't signal the end of Stefan Johansson's time with the team however, with the Swedish driver - who partnered Brabham last season - onboard for the events at Sebring and Road Atlanta.

"We are thrilled to have Stefan joining Patron Highcroft Racing for the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans," Dayton continued. "His long, successful career and his results for Highcroft last year speak for themselves. We're looking forward to having his experience in the Acura programme contribute to our efforts in 2008."

Crash.net columnist Brabham was quick to welcome his new team-mate into the Acura squad for the coming season, with the former F1 ace confident that he will be a valuable addition to the team.

"I am really looking forward to the next season racing for the Patron Highcroft Racing team and driving with Scott," he said. "I believe Scott will be a great addition to the team. I had a fantastic time working with Highcroft and Acura last year and I am honored to continue as one of their drivers.

"Highcroft came in ahead of the other Acura teams last year, and as drivers, Scott and I will be pushing not only to be the lead Acura team, but also to be at the front of the P2 class in 2008."