2019 Lineup / IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship / Prototype (P)
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João Barbosa
No. 5 / Full Time Driver

Born: March 11, 1975 (41)
Hometown: Porto, Portugal
Family: Mariana (wife), Giles (son), Rodrigo (son)
P Championships: (3) Overall, (4) NAEC Accomplishments: 1988/1989 Portuguese Karting Champion, 1994 Portuguese Formula Ford Champion, 6 IMSA Prototype Race Wins including the 2010 & 2014 Daytona 24, 2015 & 2016 Sebring 12 Hour Winner, 2016 & 2017 Watkins Glen 6 hr.
Hobbies/Fun Fact: Triathlon Competitor

The two-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champion João Barbosa returns to Mustang Sampling Racing as he targets a third championship at the pinnacle of North American sports car competition. Since moving his focus to IMSA Barbosa has established an incredible record of wins and championships. Before coming to the United States to compete in sports car racing full time in 2001, Barbosa honed his skills competing in Europe. As a child, he competed in karting and won championships in Portugal and across Europe. He has competed in over 15 counties in various forms of motorsports and has been touted by legends like Hurley Haywood as the fastest man in the series today. Barbosa began competing for Brumos Racing in 2008, and came to Mustang Sampling Racing in 2010, winning in the team’s very first start in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. João resides in the Charlotte area with his wife and two sons. He is an avid runner and cyclist.

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Filipe Albuquerque
No. 5 / Full Time Driver

Born: June 13, 1985 (32)
Hometown: Coimbra, Portugal
Family: wife Joana (wife), Carolina (daughter)
P Championships: 1 NAEC
Accomplishments: Red Bull Junior Team, GP2, A1GP, Audi Factory P1 Pilot, 2013 Rolex 24 Hour Class Winner
Hobbies/Fun Fact: Global Endurance Racer, Likes cinema, tennis and traveling
Filipe Albuquerque first joined Mustang Sampling Racing in 2016, and had an immediate impact, taking a podium in his second start with the team and then winning in his third. Following a traditional European path in the sport that started with standout drives in karts, victories in formula car racing, and even a Formula 1 test at just 22 years old, Albuquerque scored a championship in his very first year of GT3 competition. Soon, Audi came calling as he joined their DTM and Le Mans competition efforts. Still active in European Le Mans competition, Albuquerque become a full-time force for Mustang Sampling Racing in 2018 as co-driver with Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi. The combo claimed a Rolex 24 At Daytona win to open the season and backed that up with a run to victory on the Streets of Long Beach.

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Christian Fittipaldi
No. 5 / Sporting Director

Born: January 18, 1971 (46)
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Family: Kris (wife), Manuela (daughter)
P Championships: (3) Overall, (4) NAEC
Accomplishments: 7 IMSA Prototype Race Wins and 4 Poles including 2004 & 2014 Daytona 24, 2015 12 Hours of Sebring, 2016 & 2017 Watkins Glen 6 Hour, Formula 300 Champion, Newman Haas CART Driver 1996 - 2002, A1 GP, Brazilian Stockcar and NASCAR, 43 Formula 1 Career Starts and Finished 2nd 1995 Indy 500
Hobbies/Fun Fact: Avid Mountain Bike Racer

Two-time MSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champion driver Christian Fittipaldi returns to Mustang Sampling Racing to make his final IMSA Prototype start as he pursues a fourth Rolex 24 At Daytona victory. Fittipaldi was born with racing in his blood; he is the son of former Formula 1 driver Wilson Fittipaldi and the nephew of two-time Formula 1 world champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi. A former Formula 3000 champion, Fittipaldi has been a fierce competitor in motorsports for nearly three decades. The Brazilian has competed in the IndyCar series, CART series, Formula 1, NASCAR and IMSA.

In addition to his full-time competition in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Brazilian will be launching his Fittipaldi Exotic Driving Experience based in Texas. Outside of sports car racing, the Brazilian satiates his need for competition by racing in mountain bike and karting events, both in the United States and his home country of Brazil. Christian stays busy away from racing by spending time with his wife and daughter at their home in Miami.

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Mike Conway
No. 5 / Endurance Driver

Born: August 19, 1983 (34)
Hometown: Bromley, England
P Championships: 1 NAEC
Accomplishments: Competed in Formula Ford and F3, 2004 Formula Renault UK Champion, 2006 British Formula 3 Champion, GP2 Driver, 4 Indycar wins, 2014 Honda F1 test driver, Toyota P1 Factory Driver in FIA WEC, and Formula E Championships, 2nd 24 Hours of LeMans 2016.
Hobbies/Fun Fact: Began Karting at age 8. The world record holder in the "Fethard to 'Keeffes run".

Race veteran Mike Conway returns to Action Express Racing in 2018 as an endurance driver for the Rolex 24, Sebring 12 Hour, and Petit Le Mans events. Conway has years of experience across several championships including IndyCar, Formula E, WEC, ALMS and IMSA. He is a four-time IndyCar race winner and winner of the 6 Hours of Bahrain. Conway has made four starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.
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Felipe Nasr
No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing

Born: August 21, 1992 (26)
Hometown: Brasilia, Brazil
P Championships: 2018 IMSA Prototype Champion 2012 Sunoco Challenge Winner, 2012 Daytona 24 Hour Prototype Podium Finish
Accomplishments: 2009 Formula BMW Europe Champion, 2011 British Formula 3 Champion, 2011 Macau Podium, 2014 Official Test Driver Williams F1, 2015/2016 Sauber F1 driver, 39 Career F1 Starts w/29 Career Points
Hobbies/Fun Fact: Began Karting at age 7. Enjoys sports, fishing and mechanics. Favorite films Star Wars, James Bond and his favorite race track is Spa-Francorchamps

Former Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr joins Action Express Racing full-time in 2018. With over 40 starts in Formula 1, Nasr finished fifth in his first-career F1 race in the Australian Grand Prix in 2015. It was the best ever result for a Brazilian driver making a Grand Prix debut. He also served as a test and reserve F1 driver in 2014. A multi-time champion across several European open-wheel categories, Nasr first teamed with Action Express Racing in the 2013 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
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Pipo Derani
No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing

Date of Birth: 12/10/1993 (25)
Born in: São Paulo/SP
Height: 1.68m
Weight: 58kg
Hobby: Squash
The newest racer to join Action Express Racing, Pipo Derani already has earned some significant accolades. The 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and Sebring 12 Hour race winner Pipo Derani joined Whelen Engineering Racing ahead of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The Brazilian racer forged a path in open wheel before moving to the endurance sports car ranks. The change yielded the fast, young racer wins in some of the sport’s biggest events as he now eyes his opportunity to fight for a prized IMSA WeatherTech Championship with Action Express Racing.
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Eric Curran
No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing/ Endurance Driver

Born: June 8, 1975 (42)
Hometown: Springfield, MA
P Championships: 2 Overall
Accomplishments: 2016 and 2018 IMSA Prototype Champion, 32 Professional Race Wins, 17 Professional Poles, Competing in SCCA World Challenge, Grand AM GT, Continental Tire Championships, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR K&N Series, ADAC GT Masters
Hobbies/Fun Fact: Co-Owner of West Coast Exotics and avid driver coach and HSR competitor on off weekends.

2018 IMSA WeatherTech Champion Eric Curran returns to Action Express Racing for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Season in an endurance-event driving role in the red and white Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac Prototype. Eric has been racing under the Whelen banner since the 2007 season when he was hired by Sonny Whelen to compete in the World Challenge GT series in a Corvette C6.

Eric began racing in 1994 in the SCCA ITB series, winning four championships and 22 races in five seasons. He continued to be a championship threat as his career advanced to the SCCA national ranks, competing and winning the championship along with five wins in 1999 driving a Chevy Camaro Z28.

In 2015, Curran and new teammate Dane Cameron burst onto the prototype scene by capturing two wins and competing for the series championship into the closing minutes of the rain shortened Petit Le Mans. The duo led the way in the second ever 1-2 finish for Action Express Racing at the 4-mile Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, WI. Curran’s experience isn’t limited to sports car racing; he has competed in the NASCAR Nationwide, K&N Pro Series and Whelen Modified Series. Although he was successful in his efforts at oval track racing, for Curran, his passion remained sports car events.

In 2010, Whelen hired Boris Said to compete with Eric in the Rolex Grand-Am GT Series, where the duo had two poles and a sixth place finish in their first season. The two would continue to compete in the GT class through 2013.

The next move for Curran came when Whelen moved from the GT class to the Prototype class for the inaugural IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship season in 2014. This season Curran will again co-drive with Dane Cameron in the Whelen Engineering Corvette C7 DP, the duo will welcome IndyCar Ace Simon Pagenaud at Daytona and Petit Le Mans, while Scott Pruett will pilot the red and white Whelen Corvette DP with the team for the Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Curran recently teamed with former co-driver and longtime friend Boris Said in opening West Coast Exotic Cars in Murrieta, CA, featuring the best domestic and imported automobiles and hard to find parts.

Eric is a native of Easthampton, MA and resides in Sarasota, FL and San Diego, CA.