Mike Conway will complete Action Express Racing’s lineup in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R for next month’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The Toyota LMP1 factory driver will join full-season drivers Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr, as well as the team’s Michelin Endurance Cup pilot Filipe Albuquerque in the car for the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.
Conway drove the red-and-white No. 31 Cadillac in both 2017 and 2018, finishing second in the latter race with Nasr, Eric Curran and Stuart Middleton in a 1-2 finish for the team.
The Englishman was scheduled to pilot the team’s No. 5 Cadillac DPi in this year’s Rolex 24 but was forced to sit out the event after experiencing visa issues.
“I’m excited to be back with Action Express Racing, and it’s been fun so far driving with them since 2017,” said Conway. “We’ve had some good results, but obviously, winning at Daytona has eluded us.”
Conway finished sixth at Watkins Glen and seventh at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta this year, co-driving the the team’s No. 5 entry with Albuquerque and Joao Barbosa.
“I raced with Albuquerque last year, and I’ll be teaming up again with Nasr – whom I drove with my last time at Daytona,” Conway said. “So I know both of them pretty well as teammates. I feel we have one of the strongest lineups for this year’s race, and I think we can have a good result.”
Conway’s return to the team follows the announcement that Eric Curran has stepped away from his role as a DPi driver following four years with the team.
“Since Action Express and Whelen Engineering teamed up in 2016, we have enjoyed tremendous success,” said team owner Bob Johnson. “Eric Curran was a very big part of that success from the beginning.
“Everyone at Action Express will always consider Eric to be part of our racing family.
“We are confident Eric will be able to continue his driving career with a team that can offer him a driving position in more races than we are able to offer him at this time and we wish him great success as he continues his many years of service as a representative of Whelen Engineering.
“We are very excited to welcome Mike Conway back to the Whelen number 31 car to join Felipe, Pipo and Filipe in Daytona for the 2020 Rolex 24 hour event.”