Beating Wayne Taylor Racing duo Felipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor, Jarvis and teammate Tom Blomqvist have fully battled Acura for the championship this year with victories in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and in the season-closing Petit Le Mans.
However, the British driver will not have a chance to defend his title at the start of IMSA’s GTP era, as his spot on the team has been taken by 2014 Daytona winner Colin Braun.
It is understood that MSR failed to make its choice on Jarvis’ services by the allotted time, prompting him to sign a new deal with United Autosports to stay in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023.
With scheduling clashes between the WEC and IMSA next year, and the United deal taking precedence over any other contract, Jarvis cannot compete in IMSA full-time, instead looking for a part-time program at the four endurance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen, and Road Atlanta.
When asked how confident he was of securing an inside-only drive, Jarvis told Motorsport.com, “Right now I would say probably less than 50% right now.”[I’m] Looking at it for sure but it should be the right opportunity and there aren’t many seats available at the moment.
“So, I’ll keep an eye on that. I’m still finalizing my program for next year but I’m happy with where I am now. I think I’ve got a good program if everything holds up.”
“But [it] It would be great to do endurance races for sure. I love America, and I love IMSA. So, if I could add that would be the perfect scenario.
“But if it doesn’t happen, I’ll keep an eye on it. Things tend to open up and become available throughout the season or even next year. It would definitely be nice to add that at some point.”
#60 Meyer Shank Racing W/Curb-Agajanian Acura DPi: Oliver Jarvis, Tom Blomqvist, Hélio Castroneves
Photography: Art Fleischmann
Former Audi LMP1 and Mazda DPi driver Jarvis has ridden a variety of machines over the years and has some grand touring experience in the GT1 World Championship and IMSA.
The 38-year-old said he has no preference regarding the five IMSA classes he would like to race in, emphasizing that the most important goal for him is to secure a competitive seat.
“I’m open to all classes but it has to be the right car with the right driver group,” he explained. “I don’t want to run in the back.
“If I go there I want to go there with a chance of winning it, whether it’s a DPi [GTP]Or LMP2 or even GTs. I’ve driven GTs before, so that’s definitely not out of the window, but it’s the right opportunity with the right group of people.”
Jarvis also made it clear that securing a full-time seat in 2024 is not of the utmost importance while negotiating an enduro-only deal for next season.
“I’m just keeping my options open,” he explained. “If there is an endurance drive, that is definitely something I would look at. It depends.
“Let’s focus on 2023 first and hope the ’24 takes care of itself. But a lot of things will change, there are more manufacturers coming in, and drivers will move in too.
“Right now my focus is just on the WEC in 2023 and if I can add a few more races that would be great.”
Asked if there were any categories he might be interested in, the Briton said the European Le Mans Championship was the only other championship he would like to consider.
“I think ELMS works as well. IMSA as we discussed before, long races,” Jarvis said. “To be honest, I haven’t looked much further than that.”
Jarvis and Blomqvist will be reunited at next year’s WEC, with the IMSA champion sharing one of United’s two Oreca 07-Gibson cars in the LMP2 class with teen rider Josh Pearson.