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Chaves joins Action Express for Watkins Glen 6-hour race

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Chaves joins Action Express for Watkins Glen 6-hour race
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Jun 18, 2018, 10:36 PM

Gabby Chaves will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

#5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi, P: Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque
#5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi, P: Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque
#22 United Autosports Ligier JSP217 Gibson: Filipe Albuquerque
#0 Panoz DeltaWing Racing DWC13: Katherine Legge, Gabby Chaves, Sean Rayhall

The 2014 Indy Lights champion and current driver for rookie IndyCar team Harding Racing will join Action Express Racing’s fulltimer in the Mustang Sampling #5 Cadillac DPi-V.R., Filipe Albuquerque, along with the team’s ‘enduro’ third man, Christian Fittipaldi.

Barbosa suffered a wrist injury falling from a bike while training, and thus misses the opportunity of trying to earn AXR’s third consecutive victory in one of IMSA’s most famous races.

This year’s Rolex 24 Hours winners, the #5 team, currently shares the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s points lead with AXR teammates, #31 Whelen Engineering Racing entry.

Chaves, who last raced in IMSA in the Panoz DeltaWing said: “The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury.

“But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results. I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there.

“I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic.”

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Series IMSA
Event Watkins Glen
Location Watkins Glen International
Drivers Gabby Chaves
Teams Action Express Racing
Author David Malsher