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Action Express Confirms Nasr, Albuquerque for 2018

Action Express confirms Nasr, Albuquerque for 2018…

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As revealed by Sportscar365 last week, Action Express Racing has confirmed that Felipe Nasr and Filipe Albuquerque will step up to full-time drives with the team next year, replacing Dane Cameron and Christian Fittipaldi for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Nasr, a former Sunoco Challenge winner, who spent two seasons in Formula One, will join Eric Curran in the No. 31 Whelen Cadillac DPi-V.R, while ex-Audi LMP1 ace Albuquerque, who was the No. 5 car’s driver for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races, swaps places with Fittipaldi, who takes up an endurance-only role. 

Joao Barbosa will continue in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac, with Toyota LMP1 factory driver Mike Conway returning to the No. 31 car for Daytona and Sebring.

“As a team, the 2017 IMSA season has been a solid one, but we are all working hard to make 2018 an even better year,” said team manager Gary Nelson.

“We are happy to have Eric return in the Whelen Engineering Cadillac and to have Felipe come back to race with us for the full season.

“We have had the same driver lineup for the Mustang Sampling Cadillac for the last two years, and that consistency will be an advantage. Christian, Filipe and Joao have all been racing with us but we are just changing the roles that each will have next year.”

Fittipaldi, meanwhile, has been named Sporting Director, with Tim Keene joining the team as Performance Coordinator and race strategist for the No. 31 car.

The changes come in the wake of Cameron departing the North Carolina-based organization for Team Penske’s new Acura DPi effort next year.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. daedalus

    September 28, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I’m glad Nasr found a drive, he was fearless in f3 and GP2 but had inferior machinery in F1 and not much backing. Will be one to watch in 2018.

  2. Jenner

    September 28, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Christian Fittipaldi is overrated, should of been gone a long time ago.

    All those years at Newman-Haas and only one win. Meanwhile DaMatta, Michael, and Boudais we’re winning Championships.

    Nasr is qualified for the seat, but isn’t there a young American driver ready to make the step up to the P class?

  3. Cosmo DeLuca

    September 28, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Felipe Massa to IMSA, that’s awesome.

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