Sims was confirmed as Pipo Deranis co-driver at AXR for the beginning of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championships new era, where the premier class is rebranded GTP, and DPi cars are replaced by Le Mans Daytona hybrid cars and Le Mans Hypercars.
Sims accrued five wins in IMSAs now defunct GT Le Mans class racing Rahal Letterman Lanigan-run BMWs in 2017-18, while from 2018 to 22 his main focus was Formula E.
However his passion for sportscar racing meant he jumped at the chance to become among Corvette Racings endurance extras in 2021 which year, and that relationship with GM has seen him land a much sought-after ride with a successful championship caliber team.
Im super-excited concerning this opportunity. Its been a whirlwind situation since Le Mans, which ended in disappointment when things were going the correct way for all of us with Corvette. Talking with Laura [Wontrop Klauser, GM sportscar racing program manager] following the race about how exactly things went, she put us touching Action Express and conversations went pretty positive right away.
I could overcome to Atlanta to accomplish a test with Pipo and the team. It had been a brief day in the DPi car, nonetheless it was an excellent thing to operate a vehicle. Everything went well thankfully, and we could actually consent to things for next year, that is a complete dream become a reality from my perspective.
Im joining a remarkably experienced group at Action Express several engineers and Pipo who’ve had success previously and hopefully I could learn quickly from their website and slot in and execute a decent job.
Sims bluntly admitted Formula E was not his forte, and that his heart is based on sportscar racing.
I dont think I shied from the truth that Formula E has been a fascinating time for me personally, but ultimately figured its not the championship that fits with me in a sporting sense, he said. I couldnt get my head around it and ultimately didnt desire to be there anymore and wished to make contact with IMSA racing.
To stay this position to basically get just what I wanted and become racing in the very best class for the very first time is genuinely a dream become a reality. I loved both years that I did so in IMSA probably the most enjoyable type of racing that Ive done. The guidelines format will keep you in the races if youre struggling, if youve had issues you can find so often where one can reunite in the race following a hiccup. And also if youre in a solid position and youre fast, its unlikely that youre ever just likely to sail away for just two hours prior to the field. Theres always likely to be safety cars, theres always likely to be close racing to help keep you on your own toes.
So eager was he to come back to IMSA that Sims admits that driving a prototype like Cadillacs new V-LMDh was not his main focus, but rather he sought methods to drive anything in the WeatherTech SportsCar Series.
The priority was to obtain back again to racing that I enjoyed, that was racing in IMSA, he said. If which were in GT or prototypes, exactly the same fulfillment for the reason that criteria could have been there.
When prototypes were discussed, the chance for a race driver is pretty exciting to perform in the very best class of any championship. Its been some time since Ive driven a prototype. I drove LMP2 in ALMS and some WEC races quite some years ago. The bigger downforce driving is something thats not too much from my current situation, but obviously driving in Formula E is somewhat different.
To obtain back again to higher downforce, fast racing where youre generally always likely to function as leader when it comes to speed of class, devoid of to check into your mirrors always that is a little challenging in a GT car will probably be nice
Im have to that focus because things appear pretty fast in these cars; theyre super quick. Its a little bit of an adjustment period in these test days weve got, but thats the key reason why weve got them and Ill get right up to speed for the initial race.