IMSA • March 23, 2015
DENVER, NC (March 20, 2015) - When the checkered flag flew to end qualifying for the 63rd installment of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Action Express Racing’s two Chevrolet Corvette DP’s were third and fifth on the speed charts.
The Mustang Sampling No. 5 Corvette driven by JoÃ£o Barbosa qualified in third with a time of 1:52.128, trailing only the P2 entries of Krohn Racing and Extreme Speed Motorsports.
"Qualifying was decent," said Barbosa. "The track temperature was very high so it made it extremely difficult to put a solid lap together. We have to be happy with third. We were realistically shooting for the top-5 behind the P2 cars because we knew they would be extremely fast.
"As a team we know that we can race much better for twelve hours, and with the help of our teammates and everyone on this Action Express Racing team we should be in the hunt for the win at the end."
The No. 31 Whelen/Team Fox Corvette driven by Dane Cameron qualified in fifth with a time of 1:52.490, behind the Michael Shank Racing P2.
"We knew it was going to be a tough go today against the P2’s in qualifying," said Cameron. "Happy to be the second fastest DP qualifier behind our teammates in the No. 5, but more important than where we qualified is the fact that our car is fast in all conditions and that puts us in an excellent position for the race."
For Action Express Racing team owner Bob Johnson, having his two Corvettes nose-to-tail is a sense of accomplishment for his Denver, NC based team.
"This year we expanded from one full time entry to two and it hasn’t changed our approach or diminished our potential at all," said Johnson. "We placed two cars in the top-5 at Daytona in the Rolex 24, and today we put two cars in the top-5 in qualifying.
"It’s extremely important for us to field two equal cars and that’s exactly what we’ve done today. We knew the P2 cars would be really tough in qualifying, but our guys know how to get it done on race day and we are extremely confident going into the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida tomorrow morning."
Action Express Racing is vying to be the first Chevrolet powered car to win the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring since the Chapparal 2 in 1965. The Chapparal 2 returned to Sebring Raceway this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that win.
The green flag for the 63rd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is scheduled for 10:40 AM on Saturday.
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