After capturing a pair of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship titles and back-to-back runner-up finishes in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Eric Curran is stepping away from his role as a DPi driver for Whelen Engineering Racing (Action Express).
The American, who has driven for Sonny Whelen and Whelen Engineering for the past 13 seasons will shift his focus to various priorities outside of the cockpit, as well as his commitments to Whelen Engineering beyond driving.
“It’s the same thing Christian [Fittipaldi] experienced,” Curran said, recalling his Action Express Racing teammate who retired following the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona. “It is a big challenge to just jump into one of these DPi’s after being out of the car for a few months and be exactly where you were when you got out a couple of months before.
“I felt comfortable, but it was still a big challenge to take on. And part of that is the fact that IMSA is so incredibly competitive. If you want to be successful, everything on the team has to be operating at 100%, from the driver to the pit stops to the strategy.”
In the future Curran will concentrate on working for the West Coast Exotic Cars dealership that he started five years ago in Murrieta, California, working to bring a new race track to the Southern Californian market, and his duties as a test driver for the Saleen brand. He will also continue to coach and drive in historic sports car competition.
“The dealership was meant to be something that I was going to shift into as I started to race less,” Curran said. “It has only grown leaps and bounds since then. I think this is the right time to say ‘thank you,’ to Action Express.
“My schedule isn’t getting any slower, I am going to keep working on some of these other projects and be rooting for the team instead of racing with them. Winning the IMSA championship last year, then being on the Daytona podium for the second year in a row, and finally closing the year by getting a sixth consecutive Michelin Cup with Action Express and winning in my last race in the car, this has been a really fantastic run.
“Sonny and I have had an amazing run together in the racing world winning 17 professional races and two championships,” said Curran. “I can’t thank Sonny and Whelen Engineering enough for their support and I’m excited to move into other roles within the company.”