The Action Express Racing team has placed its faith in IndyCar veteran Gabby Chaves to help steer Felipe Nasr and Eric Curran toward an IMSA Prototype championship at Petit Le Mans.
The Colombian-American ace will share the No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R with the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship points leaders at the season finale, and makes his return to the Gary Nelson-led outfit after subbing for the injured Joao Barbosa in the sister No. 5 Cadillac at Watkins Glen.
“It certainly feels great,” Chaves told RACER. “The initial opportunity came from word of mouth on who could do a good job replacing Joao on short notice, and after jumping in at The Glen without any testing, they felt I could help them get the job done with Eric and Felipe so they can take home the drivers’ and teams’ championship. It’s really an honor to get this call from Action Express, and I’ll do everything in my power to help the team achieve their goals at Petit.”
With no immediate plans in IndyCar or IMSA after the 10-hour endurance race at Road Atlanta, Chaves is also hopeful the opportunity to drive for the leading Prototype team will create new chances to find a full-time seat in the series for 2019.
“For me, it’s always about competing and going for wins, so this is a great way to do that and end the year on a really high note,” he said. “I’m hoping it sets the stage for next year.”