DENVER, N.C. – Action Express Racing has signed veteran sports car racer Jon Fogarty to co-drive the No. 9 Corvette DP alongside brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle during the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring on March 15.
Fogarty, who was recently released from his contract by GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, holds the record for pole positions in Daytona Prototype qualifying (25) and has amassed 16 IMSA victories. He also won the 2007 and 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series driver championships.
“I’m super excited about this opportunity with Action Express Racing,” said Fogarty. “It’s an unfortunate situation we found ourselves in after Daytona, but the opportunity to go and participate at Sebring with Action Express Racing in such a big and historic event is great. I was bummed about the possibility of missing the event but then this opportunity came along with a great team. Action Express has proven its ability to win longer events and shorter events and their track record in the endurance races is quite good so it’s a great opportunity.
“I’m very happy that it came about. The Frisselles have been in the series for a long time and I’ve competed against them for years. They are strong competitors on the track and have even stronger character off the track. Being able to team up with them is great – I know we’ll have a great team relationship. Their result of third at Daytona was strong and they are in a great position heading into Sebring so it is great to join that duo.”
Fogarty, who has won at every level he’s driven, has a strong record of success in the 12 Hours of Sebring with five top-five finishes in five starts – including one start in the prototype ranks (2012) in which he finished second.
“We are very happy that Jon will be joining Burt and Brian in the No. 9 car for Sebring,” said Action Express Racing Team Manager Gary Nelson. “We were very sorry to hear our friend, Bob Stallings, will not bring his GAINSCO Racing team to Sebring. Getting a driver with the Daytona Prototype credentials that Jon has is a great thing for Action Express, we just wish it happened under different circumstances. We believe our strong performance in the Rolex 24 At Daytona was a direct result of how hard the Action Express drivers and crew worked in the off-season. I see the same level of intensity now as we work to keep our Daytona momentum going into Sebring. Having Jon on board adds even more strength to our program.”