Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge winner and British Formula 3 champion, Felipe Nasr, will get his first taste of American road racing on the 6th and 7th of December when he tests for the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona winning team Action Express (formerly Brumos Racing), during an open GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series test at Daytona International Speedway.
Nasr was the winner of the 2012 Sunoco Daytona Challenge after scoring the top average point score out of 100 racers who all signed up to the Challenge from the 3 eligible series; the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, Britcar MSA British Endurance Championship and the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series. Nasr’s prize is a fully funded drive in the top GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype class at the 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona on January the 28th/29th, which this year will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. The prize is arguably the biggest in UK motorsport and currently valued at $250,000.
The #5 Action Express DP finished ninth overall in the 2011 Rolex 24 and was driven by Darren Law, David Donohue, Burt Frisselle and 2004 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice. The same car also finished third overall in the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series standings with Darren Law and David Donohue behind the wheel and has now been fully race prepared by Action Express after the 2011 season finale.
Felipe will have the guidance of Daytona Prototype ace Oswaldo Negri, who will act as his personal mentor throughout Felipe’s time in Daytona. Brazilian Negri also started off in British Formula 3, he then raced in Indy Lights before moving to sports car racing in 2003, racing in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Oswaldo joined Michael Shank Racing and raced full time in the series in 2004 where he has remained ever since.
Felipe is raring to go and to get his first experience behind the wheel of a DP: “I’m really looking forward to my first test at Daytona, it is going to be a great experience for me and I can’t wait to get stuck in. After the great result in the F3 Macau Grand Prix I am able to really focus on doing the best I can.”
The #5 Action Express Daytona Prototype runs a Riley chassis, a 5 litre 500+ BHP engine, 195+ mph top speed, Xtrac 5-speed sequential gearbox and weighs in at just 2225 lbs – quite a beast when compared to Felipe’s usual race winning Formula 3 race car!