DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Whelen Engineering Racing has confirmed an expansion of the team’s marketing partnership with Lucas Oil Products.

The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R, which claimed both the IMSA Prototype class championship with Felipe Nasr and Eric Curran and the Michelin Endurance Cup title last year, will carry increased branding from Lucas Oil this season.

The duo will be joined by Pipo Derani on the driver roster as the team targets a successful defense of its titles, which opened with a strong run to second in the Rolex 24 at Daytona last month.

“We are pleased to have Lucas Oil grow their program with us, they are real racers just like we are and they are very focused on performance,” said team manager Gary Nelson. “The team has experienced some good success with Lucas on board, and we have been working hard to be able to win more trophies with them this season.”

Lucas Oil Director of Motorsports Tom Bogner is equally excited to continue the partnership between Lucas Oil and the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac team.

“The Whelen Engineering team is a championship winning organization and we are proud to again be a part of their program,” said Bogner. “We greatly value our working relationship with the team as well as the ECR engine shop and their success on the track provides a fantastic platform for proving both the endurance and performance level of our Lucas Oil Products.”