The two-time and co-defending IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champion João Barbosa returns to Action Express Racing to drive the familiar yellow, black and white Mustang Sampling Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype seeking a third consecutive championship at the pinnacle of North American sports car competition.
For the past two seasons the Portuguese ace has teamed with Brazilian Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP and have set the bar in the prototype class. The duo have combined to run all but one lap of competition in the past two seasons and were part of the triumvirate (with Sebastien Bourdais) to win the 62nd running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring by an entire lap. The win marked the first overall victory for Chevrolet in 50 years in North America’s oldest endurance race.
The duo capped off their second championship-winning season by winning the Petit Le Mans at Road America, surviving the treacherous conditions and bringing home the prototype victory, as well as the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup title.
Before coming to the United States to compete in sports car racing full time in 2001, Barbosa honed his skills competing in Europe. As a child, he competed in karting and won championships in Portugal and across Europe. He has competed in over 15 counties in various forms of motorsports and has been touted by legends like Hurley Haywood as the fastest man in the series today.
Barbosa began competing for Brumos Racing in 2008, and came to Action Express Racing in 2010, winning in the team’s very first start in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The 2015 IMSA Tudor United SportsCar season will be his sixth with Action Express Racing, and he has his sights set on repeating the success of the 2014 season.
João resides in Ormond Beach, FL with his wife and two sons. He is an avid runner and cyclist.