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Action Express’ Jõao Barbosa Out Until August Due to Bicycle Crash

2018 Daytona IWSC Joao Barbosa Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Action Express Racing announced on Thursday (June 7) that Jõao Barbosa, co-driver of the No. 5 Mustang Sampling-sponsored Cadillac DPi-V.R., has been involved in a bicycle crash while training.  In the crash, Barbosa suffered a wrist injury in the crash that will keep him out for at least the next two races on the IMSA …

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Action Express Overcomes Overheating to Claim Rolex 24 1-2

2018 Daytona IWSC Christian Fittipaldi Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday afternoon, Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Cadillac shared by Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi overcame significant overheating issues to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  For 2018, the Cadillac DPi teams have new 5.5-liter engines, replacing last year’s 6.2-liter units.   Reliability was a question, and in the end, it almost completely …

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Rolex 24 Hour 18 Update: Action Express Dominates

2018 Daytona IWSC Joao Barbosa Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In the third quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, attrition started to take its hold.  A number of the potential competitors to Action Express Racing have been eliminated from the race.  In the case of Wayne Taylor Racing, every time they would make a move back towards the front, another tire would fail. During …

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Action Express Racing Announces 2018 Driver Lineup

2017 Watkins Glen IWSC Joao Barbosa Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Action Express Racing announced their drivers for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.  It will be a mix of familiar faces and new drivers for the veteran sports car team. In the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R. full-time will be Filipe Albuquerque, who currently drives with the team in the Tequila …

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Action Express Snaps WTR Streak, Wins Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen

2017 Watkins Glen IWSC Joao Barbosa Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday afternoon, the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen broke Wayne Taylor Racing’s stranglehold on Victory Lane.  Action Express Racing’s Joao Barbosa took the lead away from JDC/Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson in lapped traffic with 10 minutes remaining.  The South African racer continued to haunt Barbosa in the closing laps, but simply could not get …

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Ricky Taylor Crashes, “Other Means” Gives Action Express Front Row

2017 Daytona IWSC Joao Barbosa Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the field is broken down by class for qualifying.  Each class gets 15 minutes for the competitors to turn in their best lap.  However, for the session to count, there is a “Guaranteed Minimum Green Flag Time” of 10 minutes.  When that isn’t reached, rules can come into play …

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Christian Fittipaldi Fastest in IMSA Belle Isle Practice

2017 Daytona IWSC Joao Barbosa Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

IMSA has attempted to slow the Cadillac DPi-V.R.s on no less than four occasions this season. Regardless of what’s been done, they’re still quick.  Action Express Racing’s Christian Fittipaldi proved that Friday morning when he turned in the quickest lap of opening practice for this weekend’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle Park. Fittipaldi’s …

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IMSA Points Breakdown

This week, ten IMSA championships will be decided at Road Atlanta.  We’re going to break down what the scenarios are.  Some are easier said than done.  Of note, IMSA drivers can earn a maximum of 36 points in a race for a victory.  Second is worth 33 points, then 31 for third.  Fourth gets 29, …

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Christian Fittipaldi Puts Action Express on IMSA Long Beach Pole

2016 Daytona IWSC Christian Fittipaldi Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Late Friday afternoon, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 1.968-mile Long Beach Street Course to qualify for Saturday evening’s BUBBA Burger Sportscar Grand Prix at Long Beach.  As usual, the session for the prototypes came down to a Daytona Prototype vs. P2 battle.  For the first time in 2016, the DPs won. …

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Rolex 24 Update: After 12 Hours

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(Credit: Phil Allaway)

The second quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona saw a number of contenders run into serious difficulties.  The most notable of these instances was when the No. 60 Ligier JS P2-HPD driven by Oswaldo Negri, Jr. blew an engine in the infield while leading overall.  The Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian entry is now …

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