Kiwi Brendan Hartley becomes the latest driver to race in both the IMSA and FIA World Endurance Championship races over the Super-Sebring weekend. The 29-year-old was recently confirmed by SMP Racing to replace Jenson Button for the 1000 Miles of Sebring and Six Hours of Spa WEC rounds and today has been announced in the #5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R for the Sebring 12 hour race.
Hartley steps in to replace Christian Fittipaldi, who retired last month, joining Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque. While Toyota drive Mike Conway was scheduled to drive the Cadillac at Daytona (but missed out due to visa issues caused by the US Government shut-down) he was not scheduled to drive for Action Express at Sebring due to his WEC commitments with Toyota.
“With Christian deciding to retire, we needed to find another driver who is fast and a great team player, and Brendon has a great background and attitude that should be a great match with Joao and Filipe,” said team manager Gary Nelson.
“We’ve followed Brendon through the years since we first saw him race so well in Grand-Am, so we are glad that it worked out for him to join us at Sebring.”