“Joao and I tested at NOLA the week before the race at Barber Motorsports Park,” said Burt Frisselle. “During that test we learned that what Joao and I like in the feel of the car was further apart than I expected. I know what Brian is looking for as far as ‘feel’ and I believe this pairing will give all the Action Express Racing drivers in both Corvette DP cars the best chance for success.”
“I am really excited that the team is making this move now because both cars have been knocking on the door in each event but unfortunately the results haven’t shown it,” said Barbosa. “After the first few races this year, the team was able to analyze all the data and came to the conclusion that a change would be better for the overall results of the team in the long run. Personally, it will be a little strange to drive the 5 car as I had good success with the 9 car, but I’m looking forward to this new challenge. It was great to drive with Burt and I’m sure will be the same with Christian. We all get along together great so it will be an easy transition.”
Action Express Racing has previous experience with updating the driver line up, famously making a change ahead of a dramatic 1-2 team finish in the Chevrolet Grand Prix in Detroit last year.
“We certainly set the bar high for ourselves last year,” said team owner Bob Johnson of the Detroit result. “The team worked very hard in the off-season to be even stronger in 2013. So far this year, we’ve had strong team performances, but unfortunately that effort has not yet yielded the dividends we are targeting. We have a lot of talent on this team and it is essential to find the best match up for each position. We feel that these will be great matches and will produce great results for Action Express Racing. It is two cars, but one team and this is another example of that ethos.”