Three-time Daytona 24 Hour winner Joao Barbosa has been announced to join US squad Krohn Racing for this year's Le Mans 24 Hour race alongside Tracey W. Krohn and Nic Jonsson.

The Portuguese driver is making his first return to the prestigious event since 2011 when he achieved third place in the LMP2 class with Level 5 Motorsports. Barbosa and Krohn Racing are set to contest the LMP2 category in its new Ligier-Judd at La Sarthe.

Krohn Racing is making the step up into the LMP2 class after competing in the GTE-Am class for the past nine years with Porsche and Ferrari machinery, where it gained three podium finishes.

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"I was very excited when I got the phone call with the invitation to drive at Le Mans with Krohn Racing," Barbosa said. "I'm not only excited to be able to get back to Le Mans but also to join a top team with a great operation."

Barbosa has strong pedigree in the 24 hour endurance racing, with three Daytona 24 Hour victories in three different classes (GTS in 2003, DP in 2010 and P in 2014).

Barbosa is the current leader in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the Prototype driver standings' with the Action Express Racing Chevrolet.

"This opportunity came about when I was talking with one of Krohn Racing engineers and how I would love to go back to Le Mans," he explained. "He mentioned that there could be a possibility so we kept in touch and I just waited.

"I was thrilled when I received the phone call to join them. Although we've competed on the same circuit in America off and on over the years, I'm really looking forward to spend more time with Nic and Tracy to get to know them better.

"One of the exciting challenges will be to drive the Ligier for the first time. From what I've seen it's a great car, very competitive and I think the overall package will work very well at Le Mans."