Action Express Racing Prepares For Millville

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Action Express Prepares for Grueling Race at New Jersey
Team expecting to run well throughout hot, humid weekend

As the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series embarks on Race 9 of 12 this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, teams must prepare for what is traditionally one of the most grueling races on the schedule. For Action Express Racing, a team that prides itself on its reliability, a race that’s equally as demanding on the car as it is on driver, Sunday’s American Red Cross 250 may just be the race that sees the team’s No. 5 and No. 9 Porsche-powered Rileys back on the podium. {{ Hot temperatures are expected again with temperatures in the mid-90s forecasted throughout the weekend, putting added stress on the drivers and equipment at an already difficult road course.

“New Jersey is always a tough track. It’s likely to be very hot and humid and it’s really demanding on the drivers and car,” said driver David Donohue who lives in nearby Malvern, Pa. “The team’s been working hard so hopefully we can come out of the race with a podium.”

Donohue and longtime teammate Darren Law will show up to New Jersey fourth in Rolex Series points, one point ahead of their teammates Joao Barbosa, JC France and Terry Borcheller in the No. 9 DP. The two finished fourth at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2009 and are tied for the series lead with three top 10s at the 2.25-mile road course, but finished ninth there one year ago.

“We’ve had mixed results at New Jersey in the past. It’s such a physical track, but we expect to run well,” said Law. “The track is close to where David (Donohue) lives so we hope to give him a good finish.” Also looking for a good finish are the drivers of the No. 9 Porsche/Riley who have run well, but have yet to return to the podium since winning at Virginia International Raceway five races ago. The team finished 8th one race ago at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

“We continue to make progress,” said Barbosa, who has a best finish of 4th at New Jersey, alongside current teammate JC France for Brumos Racing in the in track’s inaugural race in 2008. “New Jersey is always very challenging, but we hope to have a good car again this weekend.”

Team manager Gary Nelson agrees that the team continues to make progress every weekend, and hopes this is the weekend they return to the podium. “The track is one we have always enjoyed coming to. It seems like the races we have shown competitive speed, we had mechanical issues and the races when we were lacking speed, the cars would not skip a beat,” he admitted. “We have improved our program tremendously since our last trip here and feel very confident about returning.”

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