VIR: Action Express Racing preview

Action Express Racing Sees Preparation as Key for VIR Success When Action Express Racing was in the early stages of their team's development process, the first time on track in their Porsche based V-8 Riley was a particularly critical test. As...

Action Express Racing Sees Preparation as Key for VIR Success

When Action Express Racing was in the early stages of their team's development process, the first time on track in their Porsche based V-8 Riley was a particularly critical test. As the team now prepares for Round 4 of the 2010 Rolex Series season, they will be returning to the site of that significant milestone Virginia International Raceway. As the new full-time drivers for the #9 Action Express team, Joao Barbosa and Terry Borcheller got their first glimpse of the potential of their new car while putting the #9 through its paces there late last year. While the engine had been in development within the Rolex Series by the Spirit of Daytona team for some time, the Action Express venture was the first time a team had paired the Porsche V-8 powerplant developed by Lozano Brothers Porting with a Riley chassis.

If anyone had any doubts about the potential success of that combination, the season-opener at Daytona certainly proved them wrong. Action Express established their credibility in the best possible way as they scored an unforgettable Rolex 24 victory in their team's debut race. Since that time, although a repeat trip to the victory lane has been elusive, the entire team is confident that VIR could be the track that sees Action Express back out in front.

As Terry Borcheller explained, "While Action Express may be competing in our first race at VIR, it won't be the first time we have had the #9 on track there. Since VIR was the site of our initial test, Joao and I spent a lot of time figuring out how to find the best setup. We brought back a lot of good data, which gives us an advantage for VIR we won't have at the tracks we haven't visited yet. I would say that our biggest challenge right now is getting the car set up so that we roll off the truck in good shape. A lot of our race weekends this season have limited practice time, so it's really critical that we start off right. I feel that will be the key to how well we do the rest of the season."

Borcheller and Barbosa have each seen success at VIR in the past, with Borcheller scoring the overall Rolex Series win there in 2003. Barbosa was on the podium the following year in the GT class, and always enjoys returning. "VIR is a technical track that I enjoy driving a lot." he said. "I am ready to get back to racing there and regain some of our Rolex 24 momentum. We have had some difficulties in our last two races but Terry and I will have the benefit of the testing we did at VIR last year in the #9, so I am looking forward to our return. Our goal is to put Action Express back out front and prove that we are just as competitive in the short races as we were in the Rolex 24."

The Bosch Engineering 250 will be held at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday, April 24th, 2010.

-source: aer

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Joao Barbosa
Teams Action Express Racing