Will Owen

RACING IN: WEC

Biography

Will Owen is an American racing driver who has raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times since 2017 with United Autosports. 

Key Stats

Nationality

United States

Hometown

Castle Rock, Colorado

DOB

23rd March

Favourite circuit

Road America

Racing career

Will Owen enjoyed go-karting as a teenager, going to the track with his dad at the weekends. When he was 15, things started to get more serious with encouragement from a close friend, who started coaching Owen and helped him work on his kart. 

In 2013, Will lined up at his first open-wheel race in the 2013 SCCA June Sprints Formula Mazda. Three years later, in 2016, he was travelling across the world to compete in the Toyota Racing Series New Zealand with Giles Motorsport. 

In 2017, Will Owen teamed up with United Autosports, racing in the European Le Mans Series LMP2 class with Filipe Albuquerque and Hugo de Sadeleer. The trio celebrated on the top of the podium at the opening round in Silverstone and went on to secure second place in the championship.

Owen and United Autosports entered the European Le Mans Series together for the next three consecutive years (2018 – 2020) – securing second place again in the LMP2 championship in 2020. Will has also raced for the team at the Daytona 24 Hours (2018 and 2022) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2017-2020 and 2022). 

In 2022, Will Owen races in the FIA World Endurance Championship with teammates Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque.

“ White

We love having Will as part of the team, not only is he a fast driver, but he is a pleasure to have around too.

richard dean
Career Highlights

//  In 2017 Will took first place with United Autosports at the WEC 4 Hours of Silverstone.

//  In 2020 Will also stood on top of the podium for United Autosports at the WEC 4 Hours of Castellet.

//  At the 2018 24 Hours of Le Man race, Will finished 3rd in the LMP2 class with his United Autosports team mates.

Silverstone celebrations: Will Owen on the top of the podium at the opening round of the 2017 European Le Mans Series at Silverstone

24 hours of le mans

In 2017, Will Owen raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time, just missing out on the podium. Read the race report. 

The following year, Will (together with teammates Hugo de Sadeleer and Juan Pablo Montoya) came third. The position was awarded to Owen after the race was over, however, due to other entrants being disqualified so celebrations on the iconic Le Mans podium are still on the hit list for Owen. Read the race report.

The American racer has had his fair share of Le Mans heartbreaks too, however, with alternator issues and a puncture taking them out of contention in 2019 (race report), a broken oil pipe forcing them to give up the lead in 2020 (race report) and a hit from a rival LMP2 car sending them into the gravel on the opening lap in 2022 (race report).

“ White

There is nothing as intense as competing at Le Mans - on the global stage in one of the world's most prestigious races.

Will Owen

FIA World endurance championship

In 2022, Will Owen is contesting the FIA World Endurance Championship for the first time, racing in the LMP2 class with Phil Hanson and long-standing teammate Filipe Albuquerque.

Ready to race: Will Owen at the Circuit de la Sarthe ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018 with teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Hugo de Sadeleer

personal life

When he’s not racing around the world, Will Owen works full-time in business development. In the rare instances he does have spare time, he likes to read, play the piano and catch up with friends.