Nunez, who is currently second in the LMP2 standings of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, has a lot of experience in the DPi class, racking up a win and 11 more podiums with Mazda between 2016 and 2020.

The Boca Raton, Fla. Driver lost that race when Mazda Motorsports slashed its efforts in 2021 from two entries to one, and his former partner Oliver Jarvis teamed up with Harry Tincknell, with Jonathan Bomarito added for the heats of endurance.

Commenting on his new vehicle for 2022, Nunez said: “Throughout my entire career, Cadillac has always been the car to beat. I have always admired Action Express Racing’s ability to achieve well-deserved victories and run races beautifully.

“This is an important step in my career and I am excited to take up the challenge. I couldn’t be happier to be associated with Pipo. Year after year he has turned out to be one of the best.

“Off the track I think we will have a lot of camaraderie, which in my opinion is a key part of being successful in this sport. Having Mike as the third driver consolidates the # 31 Whelen Cadillac as a force to be reckoned with.

Derani, who, along with current partner Felipe Nasr, is currently engaged in a battle with Wayne Taylor Racing for the 2021 IMSA Prototype Championship with one round to go, will enter his fourth season with AXR behind the wheel of the Whelen Cadillac.

The Brazilian commented: “The IMSA has proven to be one of the best and most competitive racing series in the world with some of the most incredible endurance races a driver can participate in. Coming back to fight for more wins and championships with AXR was a logical and easy decision to make.

“I am also very happy to welcome Tristan to the Whelen Engineering / AXR team. Tristan had a fantastic time with Mazda and I am sure that together we will form a very strong partnership. [We] expect to win!

Team principal Gary Nelson said: “Tristan will be a new member of our team. But, with the experience we have on the stand with Pipo and Mike helping him with the nuances of the Cadillac DPi-VR, he will fit right into the team. He has a lot of miles in the DPi class so the level of competition will be familiar to him as well.

“We look forward to continuing to race ahead and compete for the IMSA WeatherTech DPi Championship in 2022.”

Nasr’s plans for next season have yet to be confirmed, but the former Formula 1 driver is said to be on the Porsche LMDh Project shortlist, along with Dane Cameron.

# 11 WIN Autosport ORECA LMP2 07: Tristan Nunez

Photo by: Scott LePage

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