Action Express Fills out second row in qualifying at Kansas City

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Christian Fittipaldi third-fastest for Action Express in inaugural event.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Action Express Racing will fill out the second row and lead the contingent of Corvette Daytona Prototypes in the inaugural SFP Grand Prix on Saturday. Christian Fittipaldi qualified third in Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Corvette DP during time trials Friday night at Kansas Speedway for the 10th round of this year’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.

#5 Action Express Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP: Christian Fittipaldi, Joao Barbosa
#5 Action Express Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP: Christian Fittipaldi, Joao Barbosa

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

Fittipaldi’s best lap was 1:10.055 (121.790 mph) in the entry he shares with Joao Barbosa. The pairing is coming off a runner-up finish in the Rolex Series’ previous round at Road America last weekend.

Four other Corvette DPs followed Fittipaldi in the qualifying order. Burt Frisselle was fourth in the No. 9 Action Express entry at 1:10.081 (121.745 mph). The top seven cars were within 0.598 seconds at the six-turn, 2.370-mile speedway road course. Memo Rojas captured pole position.

Stevenson Motorsports will start from the second row of the GT grid after John Edwards qualified fourth in the No. 57 Camaro GT.R. Edwards’ lap of 1:15.528 (112.96 mph) put him within 0.572 seconds of Alex Tagliani’s pole time. Edwards and teammate Robin Liddell sit second in the GT championship with four victories to their credit. Only one other duo has won more twice this season.

Boris Said in Marsh Racing’s No. 31 Corvette was sixth-fastest in GT qualifying.

“Of course we would like to be on pole position but we have seen far too often that qualifying means little when it comes to the race,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Program Manager, Rolex Sports Car Series. “The competition is very close, especially between our Corvette DPs.

There still are many unknowns at this new venue for the Rolex Series, and our teams are well-prepared to meet those challenges. That, combined with racing under the lights at this great facility, should make tomorrow’s race very interesting to say the least.”

In qualifying for Saturday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race, Stevenson Motorsports’ Matt Bell was the fastest driver in a Chevrolet entry at 1:21.695 (104.437 mph). That put the No. 9 Camaro GS.R he drives with Edwards sixth on the GS grid.

Team Chevy

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Series GRANDAM
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Tags barbosa, bell, edwards, fittipaldi, frisselle, grandam, kansas, liddell, tagliani