Albuquerque Shifts to Whelen Cadillac for 2020 Endurance Races

Filipe Albuquerque, Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani will be after Michelin Endurance Cup honors in 2020.


After completing the upcoming Motul Petit Le Mans in Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Cadillac DPi-V.R, Filipe Albuquerque will transition to the team’s No. 31 Whelen Engineering entry as its third driver for the four Michelin Endurance Cup rounds in 2020.

The Portuguese driver has been Joao Barbosa’s co-driver in the Mustang Sampling-backed No. 5 Cadillac DPi but was left without a full-time drive for the forthcoming IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season when Action Express reported an anticipated single-car entry in 2020.

While no longer competing for the season-long DPi championship, Albuquerque will participate in the endurance rounds at the Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta with returning full-season drivers Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani in the No. 31 Cadillac.

Albuquerque helped Action Express capture the 2017 endurance cup as the Mustang Sampling car’s third driver before replacing Christian Fittipaldi as Barbosa’s full-season teammate in 2018.

“It has been a great opportunity to drive with Joao and Christian and to represent Mustang Sampling for these last few years,” Albuquerque said. “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 No. 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.”

The start of the 10-hour season finale at Road Atlanta will be shown live on NBC beginning at 12 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Oct. 12. Albuquerque’s first race in the red and white No. 31 Cadillac will come Jan. 25–26, 2020 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Aaron Durant
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