When we say “A Look Inside,” we weren’t kidding! Buckle up, ladies and gentleman, we are about to lay down some exciting insider information, just for YOU! On Thursday, May 9, 2014, we had the pleasure of visiting powerhouse team, Action Express Racing, who currently is leading the United SportsCar Championship™ Series – can you say OH MY GOSH!?
Car: Corvette DP
Chassis: Designed by Pratt & Miller Engineering, Manufactured by Coyote Production Management and Distributed by Coyote Cars
Engine: Earnhardt Childress Racing Technologies (ECR) developed 5.5-liter (335 cu.in.) Chevrolet LS9 V-8 producing series mandated 600 SAE hp via twin sonic intake air restrictors designed by Pratt & Miller Engineering.
Total Weight: 2,290 LBS
Before we get too carried away with our experience, let’s take a slow cruise down the historical lane of Action Express Racing (AX Racing). Because without knowing their past, you will find it difficult to better appreciate the team's future and just how special they really are.
Action Express Racing joined the SportsCar scene in 2010, and won the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona race in the teams first ever race! You can’t ask for a better way to get put on the map.
The organization was born of opportunity when Brumos Racing downsized to one Daytona Prototype car for the 2010 season. Action Express team owner and long-time Brumos associate, Bob Johnson, decided to continue the existing team with a Riley chassis paired with a Porsche V-8 Cayenne.
The new organization turned heads in the United SportsCar world with the biggest upset victory of 2010, over heavy favorite Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in the 24-hour endurance race.
In 2011, Action Express officially took over the remaining Brumos DP team and added the new Action Express Racing No. 5 Porsche/Riley and No. 9 cars. The team posted a win at VIR and secured four other podium finishes for the season. The following season, AX Racing continued making impressions, scoring a dramatic 1-2 finish in the Chevrolet Grand Prix in Detroit, and then picking up a victory in the fabled 6 Hours of Watkins Glen.
In 2013, drivers Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi brought home two victories from the Mid-Ohio race as well as backing home a repeat win at Watkins Glen. The team closed the year fourth in the championship with the No. 5 entry. AX Racing also played a factor in the North American Endurance Championship (WEC) throughout the year.
Right out of the gate for the 2014 season, the team achieved a double podium result in the Rolex 24 At Daytona with the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP taking victory and the sister No. 9 Action Express Racing/Millennium Corvette DP finishing close behind in third.
Who doesn’t love sneak peaks? We sure do, and we cannot contain ourselves a minute longer! Now that we are all up to speed on the impressive resume of this organization, it’s time to tighten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride, featuring the inside of AX Racing’s shop!
For starters, we had the tour of a lifetime! The No. 5 car featured below was being escorted off its travel truck from the race in Laguna Seca on Sunday, hence why it looks battered and bruised. But, that made it even better if you ask me!
TIRES! Below, on the left, are a set of "dry" tires that were barely used in Sunday's race, and on the right are a set of "wet" tires that were not used at all. Since United SportsCar DOES race in the rain, they must be prepared at all times and the cars do need the different tires for traction purposes in rainy day weather.
Next, we got to see the Coyote chassis that they actually fabricate in house! Any race car would be nothing if it was not for the chassic. Being able to make them in house is a huge advantage and unique. Also, you will see outter shells for the car. These shells will be used for damage or wrecks inflicted upon the car.
FUN FACT! During a World Endurance Championship race, drivers can be in their cars for up to five-six hours at a time, totaling in 24 hours or six depending on the race. With that being said, when drivers are done putting in their alotted time, they are dripping in sweat -hence the dryer below!
Count Down to COTA!
It doesn’t end here! YOU have the opportunity to see this stellar team live too! Action Express Racing returns to Circuit of The Americas on Sept. 20, where you could be attending driver meet-and-greets, touring the garages and pits, and be pampered with gourmet foods, wines and hospitality!
Through Circuit of The Americas Experiences you could be a part of the ultimate racing weekend, complete with a dual tickets to access the Paddock Building, amazing views, VIP experiences, arranged ground transportation and hotel accommodations.
Pack your bags and your need for speed because you’re about to embark on a one-of-a-kind racing experience!