Action Express Racing Set to Make History in Rolex 24 Team Debut One of the most eagerly anticipated races in the Grand-Am Rolex Series schedule is always the season-opener Rolex 24 at Daytona. Also a source of much anticipation this season is...
Action Express Racing Set to Make History in Rolex 24 Team Debut
One of the most eagerly anticipated races in the Grand-Am Rolex Series schedule is always the season-opener Rolex 24 at Daytona. Also a source of much anticipation this season is the inaugural appearance of Action Express Racing. The team has been hard at work in the off- season developing the series' first Riley chassis entry powered by the Porsche-based V-8 by Lozano Brothers Porting. While the engine has been under development since 2009 in Grand- Am competition, the pairing with a Riley chassis represents a new combination for the series.
While the development phase for any new team can be challenging, for Action Express the advantages far outweigh the unknowns. The level of experience brought to the effort by the team and the driver lineup are unequalled in a start-up team. Full-time drivers Joao Barbosa and Terry Borcheller, Brumos Rolex 24 co-drivers and podium finishers in 2009, are joined for the 2010 Rolex 24 by well-known and talented drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Ryan Dalziel. The Action Express crew members were recruited largely from a previous Brumos Racing entry and bring their own level of expertise and talent to the new effort.
Barbosa acknowledges the unique set of challenges this year's race presents, but looks ahead with confidence, saying, "Last year we knew the car, but this year we have a new engine so it's going to be a bit more difficult. We still have some work to do, but our team has done a great job preparing the car. I finished this race in third place last year, so this year I'd really like to move up two steps higher on the podium. This year may be a bit of an unknown for us, but you always try to reach that top step. When you consider the driver lineup we have plus the team we have assembled, you can be sure Action Express will be a strong contender."
Terry Borcheller was also enthusiastic about the challenge, saying, "We had a lot of homework to do after our test days, but there are definite positives in knowing the people on our team and having worked with them before. You know what they are capable of, so that is a huge plus. I'm really excited to be in the full-time program in such a competitive effort this year, and I'm looking ahead- not just to doing well at the 24 hours, but to the long-term effects and how to become as competitive as we can as quickly as possible. We expect to see a great result, not only for our first event but throughout the 2010 season."
Grand-Am's 2006 Rookie of the Year, Mike Rockenfeller, enjoyed his time in the #9 Action Express car at the recent Daytona test days, saying, "We have sorted out a lot with the car and while we will have to fine tune it for the conditions of the race, we are well prepared I have competed in this race a few times, and missed the watch - by only a few seconds once. You have to have every piece together for a 24 hour race, and regardless of anything else, I want to win. That's why I am here, and it's a great way to start the year for me. I'm very happy to be a part of the Action Express team and to drive for them in their first race."
Equally enthusiastic was 2007 Rolex 24 podium finisher and Grand-Am veteran Ryan Dalziel, who grew up watching the 24 Hours of Daytona . " It's always an honor to come to Daytona and drive in this race," he said. "I've been lucky to compete here each year since 2005 and I put this one race ahead of any season plans I might have. To join Action Express for this race is a huge deal for me. It's even more special because this #9 car was actually a car I drove in 2006. I shook the car down back then, before it was acquired by Action Express. After spending time at the track for testing, we are well acquainted and as well prepared as any team in the paddock, and I am just honored to be an Action Express driver."
The 48th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona will begin at 3:30 PM ET on Saturday, January 30th, with the checkered flag falling at 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31st.
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