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Albuquerque Named As AXR’s Endurance Driver

2018 Rolex 24 Winner Set to focus on IMSA Michelin Endurance Challenge in 2020

Filipe Albuquerque is set to join Action Express Racing’s #31 crew for the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The Portuguese driver, a regular in the ELMS and FIA WEC, switches over from racing in Action Express’ #5 Cadillac for next year’s campaign, to the sister car, as the team prepares for a scaled back programme with a single car.

“It has been a great opportunity to drive with Joao (Barbosa) and Christian (Fittipaldi) and to represent Mustang Sampling for these last few years,” said Albuquerque.

“I understand that the commercial situation for the team has changed so we all are adjusting for the new plans. It will be different for me to just be racing in the endurance events again, but the team is already working hard to bring back the #5 car to the full season. In the meantime, I am focused on what I know to do best, which now is to win all the four big ones.”

Albuquerque will make his first appearance the Whelen Engineering-backed Cadillac at the Roar Before the 24 along with previously confirmed full-season drivers Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani.

Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Michelin Raceway will be live on NBC starting at 12:00 PM ET.