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Action Express Racing Ready to Get Back on Track at NJMP Daytona Beach, FL: Action Express Racing is hard at work preparing for their ninth race of 2010, mindful that they are heading into the home stretch of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car ...

Action Express Racing Ready to Get Back on Track at NJMP

Daytona Beach, FL: Action Express Racing is hard at work preparing for their ninth race of 2010, mindful that they are heading into the home stretch of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16 season. With the first eight races of their debut year now in the record books, the team is pulling out all the stops to find their way back to the podium as the season winds down. The upcoming race at New Jersey Motorsports Park marks the end of an eight week stretch that featured five race weekends, allowing little time between events for testing or making changes. The Action Express team has made the most of that limited time to search for improvements in hopes of ending their season in the way it began with the #9 in Victory Lane.

New Jersey Motorsports Park, located in Millville, NJ is the newest venue on the GRAND-AM schedule and now prepares to host its third Rolex Series competition. The challenges of the inaugural competition in 2008 were many. Dry conditions in the area and dust from the new construction made for poor visibility and hazardous track conditions. The following year saw the race date moved from fall to early spring, but that race proved difficult in a different way. Heavy rains on race day resulted in 28 laps of the race being run under yellow. Despite the inclement weather, fans turned out in large numbers to support their new racetrack. It is hoped that this year's change to a July date will see improved weather and draw a record crowd. The track has worked hard on improvements since that first race, adding upgrades to enhance the fans' experience and reconfiguring the track for drivers' safety. The changes have been applauded by the drivers and should help to reduce the number of full course cautions, making for a more exciting race overall.

While the #9 Action Express Porsche V-8 Riley will be making its first run on NJMP's Thunderbolt Raceway this year, both of the team's drivers have first-hand experience there. Terry Borcheller and Joao Barbosa were both participants in that first Rolex Series race in 2008. Borcheller was competing that year in the GT class. He shared the fate of many of his fellow drivers that year, his car forced to retire early due to damage sustained in an accident. Barbosa, driving in 2008 for the Brumos #59 team, avoided problems and was enjoying a strong run, headed for a 2nd place finish. On the closing lap he had contact from another DP car, costing him the podium and dropping him back to 4th place.

In one of the more memorable moments of that year's race action, TV footage captured Barbosa as he took his Porsche Riley airborne over an uphill on the back straight. The scene was replayed often and was likely enjoyed by the many aviation enthusiasts who live in the area. Millville, site of a facility where World War II pilots were trained to fly Thunderbolt airplanes, is still home to many veterans and Thunderbolt Raceway is named in honor of that heritage. While Barbosa and Borcheller may not want to find themselves airborne again, they do hope to see the #9 fully up to speed, and will be doing their best to make history with an Action Express win at Thunderbolt Raceway.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Joao Barbosa
Teams Action Express Racing