Action Express Racing announced today its two-car driver lineup for the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The defending race champions return to the scene of their historic first win with a stellar cast of drivers that includes seven former Rolex 24 overall race winners and two longtime Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 DP regulars.
Joao Barbosa and two-time overall Rolex 24 winner Terry Borcheller (2004, 2010) return in the No. 9 Porsche/Riley to defend their 2010 victory, joined by 2002 race winner and 2004 DP class champion Max Papis, 2004 race winner Christian Fittipaldi and JC France.
Team veterans David Donohue and Darren Law will lead the No. 5 Porsche Cayenne V8-powered Riley, along with 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice and series regular Burt Frisselle. The trio of Donohue, Law and Rice – along with Antonio Garcia of Spirit of Daytona Racing – teamed for the 2009 Rolex 24 victory for Brumos Racing.
Action Express Racing will look to make it two wins in a row in the prestigious endurance race on Jan. 29-30 at Daytona International Speedway.
"Daytona has always been a special place for me," said team manager Gary Nelson. "This year I feel privileged to work with world class drivers and team members."
Action Express Racing debuted in 2010 when team owner Bob Johnson formed a partnership with Brumos Racing, winning the Rolex 24 in the team's first start. This season the Denver, North Carolina-based team has also taken over last year's Brumos Daytona Prototype to expand to a two-car team with Donohue and Law piloting the No. 5, alongside Barbosa and Borcheller in the returning No. 9.
"We have added experienced personnel in key positions and worked very hard in the offseason to be as prepared as possible to defend our 2010 victory with a two-car effort," Johnson said "We are much better prepared than we were last year and now we are looking forward to enjoying the race on the newly repaved track in Daytona."
The four full-time drivers will anchor the two cars in Daytona, with Papis, Fittipaldi and Rice providing the team with extra knowledge and experience of what it takes to win the 24-hour endurance race.