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Action Express Retains Driver Lineups for 2016

Action Express retains drivers, Corvette DPs for 2016 TUSC effort…

Photo: Jose Mario Dias/Action Express

Photo: Jose Mario Dias/Action Express

Action Express Racing will return to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship next year with an unchanged program, having confirmed all four existing full-season drivers and its two Corvette DPs for another championship attack.

Defending Prototype champions Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi will continue to drive the No. 5 Mustang Sampling-sponsored entry, with Dane Cameron and Eric Curran returning to the Whelen Engineering-backed No. 31 Corvette DP.

The announcement was made Saturday at Road America, site of this weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.

“It’s exciting to announce that our two teams will continue to compete full-time in 2016 for the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as well as the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup,” said team owner Bob Johnson.

“Additionally, we’ll have all four of our drivers back and that will only continue to add to the continuity which has developed in the engineering room throughout the 2015 season.

“We look for even greater things with Joao, Christian, Eric and Dane next season. But, we’ve still got four championships that we want to win in 2015 and this announcement will enable our team to focus on that goal 100 percent.”

Additionally, the North Carolina-based team will continue its relationship with Coyote chassis, ECR engines and EMCO Gears, a combination that has seen the No. 5 Corvette DP complete every lap in TUDOR Championship competition to date.

Confirmation of Cameron’s return to Action Express rules out the American driver making a switch to Chip Ganassi Racing’s new Ford GT program, which he had reportedly been in contention for.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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