Action Express Racing anticipates fielding just one DPi entry during the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season after a struggle to gather funding for a second car has continued with the 2019 season-ending race looming.
The team has fielded two cars in every race since 2011 but has only been able to finalize next year’s program for its No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R. Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani will return to that car in 2020 but the Mustang Sampling-backed No. 5 machine currently co-driven by Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque is expected to be sidelined.
Action Express won on debut in the 2010 Rolex 24 at Daytona and has captured driver, team and endurance championships during each season since 2014.
“Beginning in 2020, it is likely that Action Express will become a single-car team,” said team owner Bob Johnson. “We have worked for many months to find ways to remain a two-car team. To be fair to all involved, we must report that the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac will probably be the single entry managed by Action Express Racing in 2020.
“We want to thank all of our fans and every one of our great drivers, partners and crew members that have supported our two car team along the way.”
As it stands, Acura with Team Penske, Mazda with Team Joest and JDC-Miller Motorsports will be the only DPi teams fielding multiple entries during the fourth season since the launch of the LMP2-based cars.
The No. 5 Cadillac DPi will not be in championship contention during its final planned outing in the 10-hour season finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. Joined by Eric Curran, Nasr and Derani of the No. 31 car are second in the points standings and will aim to overcome a 12-point deficit to Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya of the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 during the Motul Petit Le Mans race.