Action Express Racing Moving Into The Future


09124b57-9ce9-48c0-b77e-ca824cf8c891Denver, N.C. (5 September 2014) – Action Express Racing and Coyote Chassis have relocated to a larger state of the art race shop in Denver, North Carolina, as the team zeros in on its first IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The distance of the move was only a tenth of a mile, but it signals a greater move toward the future.

In the midst of a championship run, most team leaders would shudder at the notion of relocating their team, but that’s not the case for Gary Nelson, Team Manager of Action Express Racing.

c8e07a0f-0ad1-455f-9f3b-3707a4f868d7“It was the right time for us to move,” said Nelson. “The timing was perfect because of the momentum we had going on track. Coming off of a win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we completed the move just prior to winning at Road America, and I think that validates the timing.”

Elton Sawyer, Director of Team Operations at Action Express Racing, echoed Nelson’s comments.
“The timing was perfect,” said Sawyer. “We had enough time to finalize the move and be fully prepared for our next event at Circuit of the Americas, on September 20. We’re extremely fortunate to have a great group of guys here at Action Express Racing who went above and beyond to make the move possible.”

The timing provides another advantage to Action Express according to Nelson.

“Every single day counts in the offseason,” added Nelson. “When the checkered flag waves at Road Atlanta on October 4, 2014, we immediately turn our focus to 2015. We have items prepared, strategies formulated, everything we want to test, prove and implement for the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, so we have to make every day count between Road Atlanta and the first race of 2015 at Daytona.”

The new facility benefits Action Express Racing, by providing the team the opportunity to prepare for the future.

12432588-27b9-4834-9cfb-325641b81c27“The larger facility not only allows us to be more efficient, it allows us to expand when the opportunity arises,” said Sawyer. “We’ve been able to streamline our operations now. Not only do we prepare the Action Express Racing No. 5 and No. 9 here, but we also engineer and manufacture Coyote Chassis in house. We’re already seeing that giving each department more space is paying dividends in efficiency.

“In addition to a larger main shop area, we have storage areas, a new and improved parts room, and even a few areas to showcase the items we have personal pride in.”

The new race shop will also display the winning history of Action Express Racing for fans visiting the facility.

013726ff-fa37-4f58-a0f8-cf74686b2cd4“We are going to have the 2009, 2010 and 2014 Rolex 24 winning cars on display,” offered Sawyer. “As guests come in the front door, they will be able to see the trophies from our Rolex 24 victories, as well as some of our other major wins.”

“There is a lot to be proud of at Action Express Racing,” said Gary Nelson. “We finished first and third overall in the Rolex 24 this year, we won at Indianapolis, and we’re currently leading the standings in both the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. However, if I had to have one thing at Action Express Racing that I was most proud of as Team Manager, it would be the guys on the team. Our drivers, engineers, mechanics and crew members are the best in the business. It’s an honor and privilege to work with this group.”

Action Express Racing, for the first time in their four-year history won back-to-back events in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship this year, capturing wins in the Brickyard Grand Prix and the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America in a three week span of time.

Action Express Racing currently leads the overall championship standings by 16 points in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with two events remaining. Action Express Racing also sits first and second in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup with only the final Petit Le Mans round yet to run on October 4, 2014.

Action Express Racing is a Daytona Prototype team based in Denver, North Carolina. Action Express competes in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, under the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) sanctioning body.