Former Sauber Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr will replace Max Guenther at Dragon Racing for the remainder of the season.
It is believed that Nasr was Dragon’s original choice for the seat, but contract issues delayed the Brazilian driver from entering the series in Saudi Arabia.
Nasr was also set to test the Dragon Racing car in Marrakesh, but contractual issues forced him to sit out the in-season test.
Team Owner Jay Penske is looking forward to finally working with Nasr after resolving his contract issues.
“Felipe has demonstrated incredible talent, scoring 29 points in his two seasons in Formula 1, and winning the 2018 IMSA Prototype Championship,” Penske.
“He would be an invaluable asset to the evolving Geox Dragon organisation. We would be thrilled to add a driver of his calibre to the team.”
Nasr will miss the Rome race in April due to a clash with the Long Beach round of the IMSA championship, where Guenther is expected to stand in as he confirmed he will remain with the team as its simulator, test and reserve driver.
Guenther also stated that he joined Dragon knowing that he would not be committing to a full season as a race driver.
“It was clear from the beginning that I would share the season at Geox Dragon with another driver,” he said.
“I know that I will be racing for Geox Dragon again this season. Until then, I will continue to do the simulator work and be a test and replacement driver for the team.
“I had a lot of fun in Santiago de Chile, where I had a great race after my super qualifying until my retirement and I am looking forward to returning to the Penske EV-3 soon.”
Nasr, the current IMSA sportscar champion will make his FE debut in Mexico City.