Conway, Albuquerque Join Action Express for Rolex 24

Photo: IMSA

Mike Conway and Filipe Albuquerque will complete Action Express Racing’s seven-driver lineup for next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, along with previously-announced Seb Morris.

Toyota Gazoo Racing factory LMP1 driver Conway makes his debut at the Rolex 24, and the Brit will join full-season drivers and reigning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class champions Eric Curran and Dane Cameron in the No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R for the Floridian endurance race.

They will also be joined by Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner and British GT Championship regular Seb Morris, who was announced in October.

“We’re looking forward to having Mike and Seb drive the No. 31 Whelen Cadillac Prototype at Daytona,” said Gary Nelson, Action Express Racing team manager.

“Although we haven’t worked with Mike before, we’re familiar with his background and experience, as well as all his accomplishments. Seb is a talented young driver and we’re excited to have him as part of our program at Daytona.”

In addition, Albuquerque returns to the team alongside full-season drivers Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 car, having competed in a similar role at Daytona in 2016.

This will be the Portuguese driver’s fifth consecutive start in the race, and in 2016 he finished second in the FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 standings with RGR Sport.

“Filipe was with us last season at Daytona and we’re happy to have him back in 2017,” added Nelson. “We developed a strong relationship with Filipe a year ago, and he was a very good teammate to Joao and Christian.

“He was an asset to our Daytona program and we expect him to again be an important part of our efforts at Daytona this year.”

All drivers will test the team’s two Cadillac DPi-V.Rs in the December Test at Daytona International Speedway starting Tuesday.

14 Comments

  1. Jessie

    December 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Just like the Taylor one Dallaras with changed headlights

  2. Crossmai'n

    December 12, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    The liveries look pretty good for the Action Express guys. I can’t wait for tomorrow!!

    • Luc

      December 12, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Both sponsors don’t make for a classy livery. Escpecially the Mustang Sampling version corporate indentity looks outdated.

      • Crossmai'n

        December 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm

        Well, to each their own I guess. 😛

      • KW

        December 12, 2016 at 3:27 pm

        Yes, the livery is very simple and not “fashioned”, but that was the same when the team won the championships during the last years. Seems they prefer spending money on making the car faster instead of making it more beautiful 🙂

  3. Ron Mills

    December 12, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I think they look fantastic,and am looking forward to a new season with world class cars-will definitely attend some races this year now!

  4. Mike S.

    December 12, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Uh the liveries so far I don’t see the cool Dpi car there I still see the archaic DP’s with the dated liveries. Hope they are temporary.

    • Bakkster

      December 12, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      If these liveries are considered ‘dated’, I’d love to hear your opinion on the Racing Team Nederland livery. Their Dallara is solid yellow with the word “JUMBO” on it…

      • Luc

        December 12, 2016 at 2:55 pm

        Well that one sucks as well. But standa out with the yellow colour. Frits van Eerd is the owner Jumbo supermarkets, he’s one of the drivers as well. One of the richest guys in the Netherlands. Used to take part with a Jumbo truck in the Dakar rally. And he owns a Minardi f1 car with Motori Moderni engine. I think that is seriously cool!

        • Andy Flinn

          December 12, 2016 at 4:26 pm

          Luc, Sonny Whelen has been sponsoring cars in IMSA (and before that Grand-Am and PWC) for years.

          That’s cool, too.

      • Andy Flinn

        December 12, 2016 at 4:24 pm

        Bakkster, perhaps he would prefer the new BMW art car “FAST” livery which looks like it was designed by a kindergartner.

    • Andy Flinn

      December 12, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Mike S., the gray cloud over your head is blocking your view.

  5. Jo

    December 12, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I wish they put the color of the sponsors on the front instead of the back.

  6. Luc

    December 12, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Racer has a better picture of the AXR cars. They actually look pretty cool, far better from the side!

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