Action Express Cadillac adds Derani to 2019 lineup

September 7, 2018

Action Express Cadillac adds Derani to 2019 lineup

September 7, 2018

The Action Express Racing team has added Pipo Derani to its 2019 lineup in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Derani has raced with the Patron ESM team for several years and scored several key victories in IMSA, including a back-to-back sweep at Daytona and Sebring in 2016. He also has raced at Le Mans several times, most recently with the AF Corse Ferrari team in GTE-Pro this year.

Derani will share the No. 31 Whelen Cadillac DPi-V.R with Felipe Nasr. The team’s No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque remains unchanged.

Eric Curran will run in the Michelin Endurance Cup races in the No. 31 car, and transitions to a part-time role. Meanwhile Christian Fittipaldi will make his final start at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the No. 5 car.

“Having raced against the team, I am delighted to join Action Express Racing!” Derani said. “I have seen first hand how strong this group is. It is a championship-caliber team that consistently delivers. My goal is to fight for the IMSA championship, and so this is an amazing opportunity.”

“We have known each other since karting in Brazil, so have followed each other for many years,” he added of his friendship with Nasr. “We both were in open wheel and then our careers took different turns so it is a cool story that now we are racing together as teammates. He’s a great driver and I’m looking forward to sharing some new success with him next year!”

The No. 31 car leads the Prototype class points this year, by seven points over Albuquerque in the No. 5 car. The CORE autosport pair of Jon Bennett and Colin Braun sits third in points.

Michelin becomes the Official Tire of IMSA in 2019, so the Prototype and GT Daytona classes shift to Michelin next year.

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