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BARBOSA SCORES LONG BEACH SECOND ROW START FOR MUSTANG SAMPLING RACING

Mustang Sampling Racing driver Joao Barbosa saved his best for last in Friday evening’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying, capturing a position on the second row for Saturday’s Bubba Burger Grand Prix on his final flying lap.

Barbosa turned a final lap of 1:11.870-seconds in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R to secure the fourth starting position for the 100-minute event, Round 3 of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship season.

Running 10th midway through the session, Barbosa then began a steady move towards the front during the 15-minute qualifying period,  improving with each flying lap until the checkered flag flew.

“We made a few changes for qualifying and the Mustang Sampling car feels pretty good,” Barbosa said. “I think that we can improve the handling a little bit for the race, but the Cadillac is very consistent. Maybe the outright speed isn’t there right now, but we are not that far off. I think as far as race pace goes we are actually pretty good, so I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow. Action Express has done a really great job bringing really competitive cars and to give us a chance to fight for the win. Now it’s up to us to perform tomorrow.”

Barbosa and co-driver Felipe Albuquerque are coming off a second-place finish in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

They return to the streets of Long Beach as defending winners of the Bubba Burger Grand Prix. Barbosa timed in fifth quickest a year ago, with Albuquerque going on to lead the final 31 of the 70 laps for the victory.

Source. Sunday Group

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