Lime Rock Park
Action Express Survives Hot Day at Lime Rock Park
Despite missing podium, team makes up ground on points-leading No. 01 DP.
LAKEVILLE, CT: It may not have been the podium the team had expected, but on a hot and grueling day at Lime Rock Park, Action Express Racing was able to make up ground on the points-leading No. 01 TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Racing DP. With temperatures in the low-90s and only one caution throughout the race’s 2 hours and 45 minutes, a fast pace on the series’ shortest circuit led to mistakes from a number of top prototype teams, but Action Express was able to run a relatively clean race, leaving with 5th (No. 5) and 6th (No. 9) place finishes.
The Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park did not start off well for the No. 9 Porsche/Riley when JC France was clipped by the No. 2 DP on the race’s opening lap, sending him into a 360 degree spin, knocking the suspension out of alignment and damaging the door. Despite the lack of yellows preventing the team from repairing the suspension, Action Express put on a championship effort to secure the door and get France back on track fast enough to make up ground on the No. 01 DP, who suffered major damage a few laps later and finished 7th. “We wanted to finish better, obviously, but when you look at the points we’re still in good position,” said driver Terry Borcheller, who replaced France in the No. 9. “It tightened things up for sure, but we gained on the Ganassi car and we should be strong again at Watkins Glen.” Following the fifth round of the Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season, the No. 9 DP of Borcheller, France and Joao Barbosa sits second in points, 21 points out of first, while the No. 5 DP was jumped by the race-winning No. 10 SunTrust Racing DP, falling to fourth.
“We had an okay run, not as good we’d like, but we were able to make up some points on the No. 01,” said driver Darren Law, who finished the race for teammate David Donohue in the No. 5. “The good thing is we came out of this race pretty clean so we don’t have a lot of work to do to the car before Watkins Glen other than prep it.” “We’ll take the points,” added Donohue. “We gave it all we had today, but you live and learn and head off to Watkins Glen next week.”