Martin to race at Daytona

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Silverstone’s John Martin has joined Action Express Racing to contest the 2014 Daytona 24-Hour Race that takes place at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

Martin is currently the lead driver for the Silverstone-based G Drive Racing/Delta-ADR FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) squad, and by joining Action Express Racing for Daytona, the Australian will now be able to compete in his first Daytona endurance event.

He will drive the number 9 Corvette Daytona Prototype car with his Delta-ADR team-mate, Fabien Giroix. Also driving the car will be former F1 racer Stefan Johansson and American duo, Bert and Brian Frisselle.

The Action Express Racing team will also field a second Corvette-powered car in the event for Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais.

Gary Nelson, the team manager of Action Express Racing, said: “We are looking forward to having Millennium Development on board as the primary sponsor of the number 9 car. We are also happy about growing our relationship with Silverstone’s Delta-ADR.

“We have got to know Simon Dowson, Delta Motorsport’s managing director and Nick Carpenter, Delta Motorsport’s technical director, over the past year while working on a separate project together.

“We began watching their World Endurance Championship races and they began watching our races in the USA. We all liked what we saw so we began discussing the possibility of joining forces for the Daytona 24-Hours and possibly other endurance events. Delta offering to bring some of their top drivers, including John Martin,completed the whole package.”

Martin will lead the driver line-up in the Millennium Development-supported Corvette car. The former British F3, A1 Grand Prix and Super League Formula driver has been a star in the LMP2 category of the FIA WEC for the last two years driving an Oreca 03-Nissan for the Alan Docking and Simon Dowson led Delta-ADR squad.