DENVER, N.C. – Whelen Engineering Racing has confirmed driver Felipe Nasr will return to action this weekend at Sebring Int’l Raceway for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring.
Nasr missed the race two weeks ago in Daytona Int’l Speedway due to testing positive for COVID-19. After making a full recovery, he will make his return to the No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Action Express Cadillac DPi-V.R. this weekend at Sebring.
“It was frustrating not to be behind the wheel at Daytona after such a long wait,” said Nasr, who will join Pipo Derani in the car this weekend. “In the end, it wasn’t something I couldn’t control but it happened. I did the right thing, which was to tell the team as soon as I felt something different, unusual. I wanted to protect everyone on the Whelen Engineering team, which was my goal. It was difficult to watch it [the race] from home. But, I was happy to see the car perform well with Gabby Chaves and Pipo Derani behind the wheel. They were able to score some important points for the championship.
“Now, I’m looking forward to Sebring. I’m super excited to be back in the Whelen Engineering Cadillac with Pipo. I just can’t wait to feel the speed, to go around Sebring and feel alive again.”
Whelen Engineering/Action Express has enjoyed some recent success at the historic Sebring road course. Derani and Nasr, along with Eric Curran, won the 12 Hours of Sebring a year ago.
“It’s hard to beat that red Whelen Engineering Cadillac,” Nasr said. “We’ve had so much success in the past – especially at last year’s 12 Hours with Curran, Pipo and myself. It was an amazing memory. It was one of the best wins we had with so much dominance and pure speed. I credit that to the whole Action Express team because they do such an incredible job. Getting the car to victory is the goal. Action Express has always given us a pretty good car to fight for victories. So, I expect more of the same.”