Action Express Racing looking to make history at the Brickyard on Friday

The quick weekend schedule saw GRAND-AM staging two practice sessions ahead of qualifying in the afternoon, with Fittipaldi pushing the No. 5 Corvette DP to fourth on the grid.

Indianapolis, Ind. – Action Express Racing will look to make history on Friday as the team pursues the North American Endurance Championship presented by VISITFLORIDA.com at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

With a four point advantage heading into the final round, the NAEC rewards a strong team effort, as the top scoring Action Express Racing entry will count towards the final tally on Friday.

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

Photo by: Jay Alley

The Denver, North Carolina-based squad enters the weekend with a strong sense of momentum, having scored podium results in the last three GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series races including two race wins with the No. 9 Action Express Corvette DP of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi. The sister No. 5 Corvette DP of Burt and Brian Frisselle has shown similarly strong pace, carding the fastest lap of the race at Mid-Ohio.

The quick weekend schedule saw GRAND-AM staging two practice sessions ahead of qualifying in the afternoon, with Fittipaldi pushing the No. 5 Corvette DP to fourth on the grid, and Burt Frisselle taking 11th on the grid with the No. 9 Corvette DP.

"We are quite pleased,” said team manager Gary Nelson of the team’s progress through the day. “Our cars needed the most laps to do the best and there was a black flag during qualifying that took away that chance to get a lot of laps. So considering our setup was meant to get a full 15-minute session and we only got about six or seven, I think we are in good shape. I think we had a shot at the pole, but we needed those extra laps to burn off the fuel."

"It's great to be back in Indy, it's an awesome venue and probably one of the most important in the world,” said Fittipaldi. “Doing well here and having a good race is a huge accomplishment and that's what we are looking for tomorrow. The team is really motivated and the team worked extremely well on the last race so I don't see why we can't do it again over here, that's what we are shooting for."

The race doesn’t just mark the chance for the team to make history at the Brickyard, but it also marks an impressive milestone for one of the team drivers as Burt Frisselle makes his 100th GRAND-AM start.

"It's crazy,” said Frisselle of the feat. “I still don't believe it's my 100th race, but they say it is! I'm excited and it was great of the team to put that "100th race" decal on my car and hopefully our finishing position tomorrow will be something to smile about. So we are still working on the car, and it looks like the No. 5 guys have found something that hopefully we can learn from and go from there.”

Where they hope to go is all the way to the yard of bricks and write yet another chapter in what has already been a remarkable 2013 season for Action Express Racing.

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