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Alexander Sims

DOB: 03/15/88

Birthplace: London, UK

Accomplishments: 1998-2006: Karting including British national championships 2007-08: Formula Renault championships with three wins, two pole positions and runner-up in 2008 UK championship 2009: One win, five podiums and pole position in F3 Euro Series 2010: Two wins, eight podiums and one pole in F3 competition 2011: One victory, five podiums and sixth-place championship finish in first season of GP3 2012: First appearance at 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP2 class. Full-time P2 entry in European Le Mans Series. Winner of Nürburgring Formula 3 Euro round 2013: GP3 race-winner at Spa; five podiums in FIA European F3 Championship; runner-up at Blancpain Endurance Series at Paul Ricard Six Hours 2014: Third-place championship finish in British GT Championship 2015: Runner-up in British GT Championship; third at Macau Grand Prix 2016: Spa 24 Hours overall victory and fifth at Nürburgring 24 Hours; fourth-place finish in Blancpain GT Endurance Cup championship 2017: Full season in IMSA WeatherTech Championship’s GTLM class. Runner-up championship finish with wins at Watkins Glen (plus fastest race lap), Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Petit Le Mans; second at Nürburgring 24 Hours 2018: Two wins in IMSA GTLM competition – VIR and Laguna Seca – and runner-up finishes at Long Beach and Mid-Ohio along with pole position at Sebring; retired in

Luís Felipe “Pipo” Derani

DOB: 10/12/93

Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Accomplishments: The 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and Sebring 12 Hour race winner Pipo Derani joined Whelen Engineering Racing ahead of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. The Brazilian racer forged a path in open wheel before moving to the endurance sports car ranks. The change yielded the fast, young racer wins in some of the sport’s biggest events as he now eyes his opportunity to fight for a prized IMSA WeatherTech Championship with Whelen Engineering Racing.

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Jack Aitken

DOB: 09/23/95

Birthplace: London, UK

Accomplishments: Competed in the European Le Mans Series in 2022 for TF Sport in the LMP2 class. He also competed in the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup and ADAC GT Masters with Emil Frey Racing. He made his Le Mans 24 Hour debut in LMP2 with Algarve Pro Racing. Aitken, the 2015 Formula Renault Eurocup champion, has been a Williams F1 reserve driver since 2020. Has also competed in GP3 and FIA Formula 2. His father is Scottish and mother is South Korean.

Hobbies/Fun Facts: Co-Owner of West Coast Exoctics and avid driver and coach and HSR competitor on off weekends.

acura grand prix of long beach

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Date: Apr 14 – Apr 15
Long Beach Street Circuit

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motul course de monterey presented by hyundai

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Date: May 12 – May 14
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sahlen's six hours of the glen

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Date: Jun 22 – Jun 25
Watkins Glen International

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Whelen Engineering 31 Crew 2022

Bob Johnson - Managing director

Gary Nelson - Team Manager

Iain Watt - Technical Director

Tim Keene - Race Strategist

Chris Mitchum - Director of Race Team Operations

Scott Taylor - Chief Marketing Officer

Amy France - Marketing Coordinator

Bill Keuler - Crew Chief

Scott Darnell - Lead Mechanic

Brian Hay - RnD/Special Projects Lead, Head Fabricator

Charles Burroughs - Sub Assembly Assistant

Jared Williamson - Mechanic

Chris Thunderburk - Composites

Christian PaHud - Fabrication

Tom Walker - Gearbox

Caleb Barger - Tires

Justin Lages - Transportation

Eric Rang - Transportation/Hospitality

Michael Rompf - Logistics Supervisor

Stuart Taylor - Electronics

John Urbina - Engineering Assistant

Andrew Taylor - Data Acquisition

Johnny Etheridge - Pit Lane

DeWayne Crawford - Pit Lane

#31 Cadillac DPI.V.R

Whelen Cadillac DPI.V.R

Dallara Carbon Fiber chasis 1950 lbs

Engine: 5 liter ECR prepared Cadillac V8

Induction: Normally Aspirated

Fuel System: Fuel injection

Horsepower: 580 HP

Torque: Series spec based

Lubrication: Dry Sump

Transmission: 6 Speed Transverse Sequential

Brakes: Brembo 4-wheel disc

Weight: 2,050 lbs. (930 kg.)

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