Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Action Express Heads West to Laguna Seca
Team hopes to hold onto 3rd, 4th spots in Rolex Series DP standings.
The remarkable one-year turnaround for Action Express Racing has the second year team and its two cars sitting third and fourth in the series standings with five races remaining. Holding onto the spots by less than five points, Action Express heads to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend looking to widen that margin over the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing DP at one of the most prestigious tracks in the country.
Through seven races, the No. 9 Action Express Porsche/Riley driven by Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller and JC France sits third in the Rolex Sports Car Series DP standings, three points ahead of the No. 99 DP, while the No. 5 DP driven by the duo of David Donohue and Darren Law is fourth, just one point behind its team car.
The Rolex Series last visited the challenging 2.2-mile,11-turn California road course in 2009 and the track still remains a driver favorite.
“I love the track and I love the area. It’s one of favorite places to visit and race,” said Borcheller, who not only has raced at Laguna Seca, but also once renewed a couple’s wedding vows at Turn 6. “I’ve had a lot of success there with a GT1 pole, which at the time was a track record, and a DP podium in 2004. I’m expecting another good run this weekend.”
Action Express is coming off of sixth (No. 5) and seventh (No. 9) place finishes at Road America two weeks ago. The team was hindered by rainy conditions throughout the weekend and was unable to make up track position on race day after a lengthy 50 minute caution in the early stages of the race. The team expects a much stronger run in its first trip to Mazda Raceway.
“The Action Express team has worked very hard this year and continues to build on its strong foundation. The rain that plagued us during the last several events, revealed an area for improvement that we had not previously realized needed improvement,” admitted team manager Gary Nelson. “Now, we feel we are more ready than ever to make a strong run for wins and podiums regardless of what Mother Nature sends our way.”
David Donohue agrees, expecting the No. 5 DP to land back on the podium. Road America marked the end of five consecutive top 5s for the team.
“Laguna Seca is always one of our favorite places to visit,” he said. “We are looking forward to rebounding from Road America and putting the No. 5 car back on the podium where it belongs.”
By: action express racing