Action Express Racing Look To Return To Top Of The Pile At Road America


Barbosa and Fittipaldi took their second consecutive win (Credit: Grand-Am)

Action Express Racing will be looking to turn its fortunes around after a frustrating outing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway saw both teams suffer suspension issues.

The team had been on top form in the Grand-Am Rolex Series and will hope that Road America can get them back on the right track and continue their charge for championship glory.

“We didn’t leave Indianapolis with the results that we are capable of, but now we’ve got a chance to get up to Elkhart Lake and make up for it with a big weekend,” said Gary Nelson. “There are four rounds left in this GRAND-AM championship we plan to keep doing what we’ve been doing all year. Race for wins.”

All four of Action Express’ drivers have competed at Road America, with the Frisselle brothers having taken part in the 2011 Grand-Am event at the circuit, while Joao Barbosa has been a part of the last two races at Road America for Action Express Racing.

Christian Fittipaldi will make his sportscar debut at the famous circuit, but has a strong knowledge of the track, scoring one victory, two podiums and four top-five results in eight open-wheel starts. His uncle, two-time Formula 1 World Champion and Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi took three victories at Road America in 1986, ’88 and ’92.

“My uncle Emerson won at Road America several times and I’ve won there,” said Fittipaldi. “I love the circuit – I’ve always done well there. The track has been very good to me and to win again at a place like Road America in a Daytona Prototype would be awesome! I have never been around Road America in anything other than an open-wheel car. The track is the same, but it will be pretty cool to run it in a Daytona Prototype. The most important thing will be to run the least amount of drag as possible. After Mid-Ohio I was talking to my dad about how the last few races were awesome, but we just needed a little bit of luck. Things didn’t go our way at the beginning of the year, and we needed some bad luck to hit some of the other championship contenders too and that happened at Watkins Glen so now we are on par with everyone. Now it is a race for the championship!”