For decades Gary Nelson made the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series his home and had the type of success only few in the sport have. The former crew chief was at the helm of the 1983 Sprint Cup championship team driven by Bobby Allison and has two Daytona 500 trophies to his name (1982-Bobby Allison; 1986-Geoffrey Bodine); but these days Nelson finds himself in sports car racing and the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.In 2007, Nelson began ‘Gary Nelson And Associates,’ a racing consulting business and was later asked by Bob Snodgrass of Brumos Racing to “look around and offer suggestions.” The team has been a client of Nelson’s ever since. Taking over as team manager of Brumos Racing’s Daytona Prototype effort in 2009, Nelson led the famed Brumos colors to victory lane in the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona (the team’s first win in five years) and Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and again in 2010 with Action Express Racing, winning in the team’s first ever start.
2014 proved to be Nelson’s most successful year yet as Team Manager for Action Express Racing. The team won the season opening Rolex 24 at Daytona for the second time in five years (the third victory in the event for Nelson), and culminated with winning the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. Along the way, Action Express Racing claimed victory at the Brickyard Grand Prix, and the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.
In 2015, Action Express Racing once again fielded two full-time entries in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Nelson promised two equally prepared cars and the team delivered.
The team won four races with each entry accounting for two of the victories. Action Express Racing added two crown jewel victories to the team resume by winning the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Those wins came with the Mustang Sampling Corvette DP.
The other two victories for Action Express Racing came at Detroit, which was the first win for the Whelen Corvette DP and then another at Road America.
Road America marked the second time in team history that Action Express Racing had completed the 1-2 sweep as Dane Cameron crossed the finish line just seconds ahead of teammate Joao Barbosa.
As the team did in 2014, Action Express Racing again swept every championship available in 2015 to cap the successful successful season.
“Expect to win” – Gary Nelson