Brendon Hartley scores drive in Sebring 12 Hours enduro
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Following his contentious exit from Formula 1 as a full-time driver, Brendon Hartley's 2019 has steadily started to fill with opportunities all over the world.
Given he's still under contract with Porsche, it's no surprise that he's part of the German manufacturer's preparation efforts as it readies itself to join the ABB FIA Formula E series. And earlier this month, Hartley confirmed that he would still retain a toe in the F1 waters via a gig with Ferrari as a simulator driver.
But beyond those open-wheel gigs, the 29-year-old has also had a pair of GT drives announced. He will race with SMP Racing's LMP1 squad at the 1000-mile World Endurance Championship event at Sebring, and he's also scheduled to join them for the following WEC round at Spa.
Hartley's also expected to procure a drive for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the Kiwi linked to a drive at RLR MSport.
In the meantime, it's also been confirmed that Hartley will take part in the Sebring 12 Hours on March 16, too.
The Kiwi will race alongside IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship veterans Filipe Albuquerque and Joao Barbosa in Action Express Racing's No. 5 Cadillac DPi-V.R (winners of the 2018 Rolex 24 Hour).
Hartley simultaneously replaces the recently retired Christian Fittipaldi, and Toyota driver Mike Conway — who had bee slated to take up the role until Toyota barred him from entry.
"With Christian deciding to retire, we needed to find another driver who is fast and a great team player, and Brendon has a great background and attitude that should be a great match with Joao and Filipe," said AXR team owner Gary Nelson.
“We’ve followed Brendon through the years since we first saw him race so well in Grand-Am [in 2013], so we are glad that it worked out for him to join us at Sebring.”
It's going to be a very busy and likely sleepless weekend for Hartley. The March 16 Sebring 12 Hour takes place the day after the 1000-mile WEC event. But, if someone can hack a lofty endurance challenge, it's going to be him.