The McLaren name will return to competitive action in North America following news that its 12C GT3 car will be entered into the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge.

Alex Figge and Robert Thorne will share a car entered by K-PAX Racing in the series as the team seeks to maintain the success it has enjoyed in recent years running a pair of Volvo S60s.

McLaren cars previously took a record number of wins in the Can-Am Series between 1967 and 1971, as well as three wins at the Indianapolis 500.

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"Firstly, I would like to welcome K-PAX Racing as the latest team to join the McLaren GT family," Andrew Kirkaldy, McLaren GT's managing director, said. "This season is shaping up to be another exciting year, and it is great to see the 12C GT3 making its debut in North America.

"Our customer teams have been extremely successful over the past two years in each series they have contested, and we are looking forward to seeing the McLaren name competing on some of the best circuits across the region. K-PAX Racing has a formidable record in the Pirelli World Challenge and we are excited by the prospect of working closely with them."

Jim Haughey, K-PAX Racing team owner, said he hoped his team could add to McLaren's run of success.

"The 12C GT3 has proved itself as a race and title winner in the various championships that it has competed since making its debut, and it is a real honour to be bringing the McLaren name back to North American race tracks with K-PAX Racing," he said. "McLaren has been at the front of the grid for 50 years, and we are looking to win races this season, maybe even win a championship, and add to the legacy."

The car will make its competitive debut in St Petersburg at the end of March.