With new drivers joining the two-time and defending IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship winning Action Express Racing, the focus on the first day of the 2016 Roar Before the 24 was turning quality laps in the team’s two-Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototypes.
IndyCar ace Simon Pagenaud spent time behind the wheel of the No. 31 Whelen Corvette DP, as did Scottish shoe Jonny Adam, winner of the 2016 Sunoco Whelen Challenge. In the team’s No. 5 Mustang Sampling Chevrolet Corvette DP, Filipe Albuquerque continued to show comfort in his new surroundings as he logged laps in the black, white and yellow liveried C7 inspired machine. Scott Pruett also turned laps to prepare for his pursuit of a sixth-overall win in the twice-around-the-clock classic.
“The first day of the Roar is about getting seat time for our new drivers,” said team manager Gary Nelson. “We want to make sure that our engineers, full-time and endurance drivers are all on the same page. From what we saw today, I think we’re certainly on the right track.
“We still have two days on track left to fine tune our cars and continue to prepare for the Rolex 24, but we’re extremely confident in the lineup we’ve assembled this year, and feel that the communication has been very positive.”
While the day was a success, the team did suffer a minor setback in the championship winning Mustang Sampling Corvette DP as it suffered minor damage after contact with the wall exiting the ‘Bus Stop’. The team made the necessary repairs and finished the session with João Barbosa behind the wheel.
Action Express Racing will be back on track Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. ET as the build up to the 54th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona continues.
Source. Hi-Rev Racing
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