The team decided to name Brendon Hartley for the location of the French pilot after analyzing what he did.
Hartley's professional racing adventure, which began in 2002, was crowned in 2007 with the Eurocup Formal Renault 2.0 championship.
In 2008, the New Zealand driver, who finished third in the British Formula 3 series, piloted Red Bull and Toro Rosso in 2009 and 2010.
After a brief GP2 adventure, he stepped into the WEC in 2014 and reached the world championship in 2015. This year Le Mans won 24 hours for the first time.
Hartley says he is puzzled but happy that he will compete in F1.
"It's amazing, it's a little surprising to me, and since I was a child, my goal was to compete in F1 and never give it up."
"When I was in Red Bull and Toro Rosso, I developed and lectured as a pilot, and the hard years have made me a stronger pilot."
"Thanks to Porsche for letting me do this, COTA is a track I really love and I have already competed there, but my first fight is sure to require a lot of effort, but I am ready for it."