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Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani Sweep IMSA Weekend at Long Beach

Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani pose on top of their Cadillac DPi-V.R. after winning the IMSA Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, 9/25/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr capped off a weekend sweep Saturday (Sept. 25) in Long Beach.  The duo were fastest in both practices, won the pole, then led 73 of 78 laps to win the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. “It was a clean sweep,” Nasr said …

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Action Express Racing Wins At Road America, Claims 2nd Straight Victory

Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani celebrate their victory in the Road Race Showcase at Road America, 8/8/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr took the lead with a little more than three minutes to go Sunday (Aug. 8) when Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian’s Dane Cameron was forced to pit for a splash of fuel.  From there, Nasr held on to win the Road Race Showcase at Road America. “The …

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Pit Strategy Takes Action Express to Lightning-Delayed WeatherTech 240 Victory

Felipe Nasr late in the WeatherTech 240 at the Glen, 7/2/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – An opportune pit stop for Action Express Racing saw Felipe Nasr get into the Whelen-sponsored Cadillac in place of Pipo Derani just before a full-course caution flew. Shortly afterwards, lightning caused a red flag.  Immediately afterwards, Nasr got the lead in a round of pit stops and held on to win …

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Dane Cameron, Pipo Derani Top Mid-Ohio WeatherTech Practices

2021 Mid Ohio IWSC Dane Cameron Car Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

For the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the two pre-qualifying practice sessions were split into separate days.  Session No. 1 was held Friday afternoon (May 14), while Session No. 2 was early Saturday morning (May 15).  Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian’s Dane Cameron ultimately was fastest with a lap at 114.869 mph. Practice No. 1 In …

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Pipo Derani Wins Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Pole; Jimmie Johnson Crashes

Pipo Derani wins the pole for the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, 3/19/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Action Express Racing’s dominance in Sebring continued Friday afternoon (March 19).  Pipo Derani won the pole for Saturday’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts with a lap at 127.798 mph.  This is a new IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship track record at the 3.74-mile road course. However, things aren’t all swell …

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Action Express Racing Sweeps Thursday Sebring Practices

Felipe Nasr practicing at Sebring, 3/18/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Action Express Racing came to Sebring, Fla. with full intent to flex their muscles.  They did just that Thursday (March 18).  Felipe Nasr was fastest overall for the day with a lap at 126.765 mph during the opening session of the day. Practice No. 1 The opening practice went green at 9:05 a.m. Thursday morning.  …

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Action Express Racing Overcomes Qualifying Issue, Wins Motul Pole Award 100

2021 Daytona IWSC Chase Elliott Pipo Derani Mike Conway Felipe Nasr Victory Lane Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Action Express Racing’s Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani overcame getting their qualifying time Saturday disallowed and came from the rear of the DPi class to win the Motul Pole Award 100 Sunday (Jan. 24) at Daytona International Speedway.  As a result, the No. 31 Whelen-sponsored Cadillac DPi-V.R. will start Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona from …

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Couch Potato Monday: NBC Sports’ Sebring Coverage Expansive, But A Bit Distracted At Times

2020 Sebring IWSC Ricky Taylor Renger van der Zande Racing Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Today, we’re going road racing.  Unlike NBC Sports’ NASCAR and INDYCAR coverage, the IMSA broadcast booth never went to the track after the shutdown.  The only difference here is that it was likely the plan all along, even without a pandemic. Given that this was a 12-hour race, NBC Sports did not use the same …

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Mazda Motorsports Claims Victory in Wild Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring

2020 Sebring IWSC Ryan Hunter Reay Car Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts Saturday (Nov. 14) was a rough-and-tumble affair.  Being in the right position to take advantage of others’ misfortune was key.  Mazda Motorsports was in position to score a one-two finish, but Oliver Jarvis cut his left rear tire with 28 minutes to go.  …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Wins Motul Petit Le Mans After Leaders Collide

2020 Road Atlanta IWSC Renger van der Zande Scott Dixon Ryan Briscoe Champagne Spray Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans Saturday night (Oct. 17) was set to come down to a duel between Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani and Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor. The two traded the overall lead multiple times in the final hour, whilst dodging lapped traffic. With 11 minutes to go, Taylor made the move …

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