Liz Halliday is to make her return to the American Le Mans Series after agreeing a deal to join the Creation AIM team for the races at Petit Le Mans and Laguna Seca.
The deal with Creation will see Halliday graduate to the LMP1 class for the first time where she will drive one of the team's eponymous CA07 chassis alongside South African Stephen Simpson. The pair will race together at Laguna Seca and be joined by an as-yet unnamed third driver for the 1000 mile Petit Le Mans endurance race.
Having tested the car for the first time at Snetterton last week, Halliday – who finished second in the LMP2 standings in 2006 and is the most successful female in ALMS history - revealed her delight at being back behind the wheel, for the first time since last year's Le Mans 24 Hours.
The outings will also mark the first time Halliday has raced in the US since taking a GT1 class podium in last years Sebring 12 Hours.
"I really enjoyed just being in a race car again and the test has increased my anticipation for the Petit Le Mans in October," she said. "I've wanted to drive a P1 car for a very long time so it's exciting to finally get that opportunity. The test went really well and the car felt superb and very good to drive.
"Creation's regular drivers Jamie Campbell-Walter and Stuart Hall were also around to give me some tips and I found that really helpful. The team are very professional and have a great track record and I'm confident we'll work well together.
"I've been waiting a long time to get back to the ALMS. I have so many friends there and really enjoyed my time in the championship. I've had a lot of success there in the past and hopefully that will continue."
Creation AIM team principal Mike Jankowski admitted that the team has been keen to get Halliday behind the wheel for some time and said he was pleased to sign her up for the two American races.
"It took us 18 months to get Liz in our car and we are delighted that she will be with Creation for the final two races of the American Le Mans Series," he said. "Despite having been out of the cockpit for more than a year, she was quickly up to speed during the test and we believe there is even more to come. Liz is very well known to fans of the ALMS and will be a strong complement to our two car end-of-season effort."