Action Express Racing’s Joao Barbosa will be forced to miss IMSA’s upcoming WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Watkins Glen after injuring his wrist in a cycling accident this week.
“I am really disappointed to have this accident and I hate to miss these races, especially with the amount of success we’ve had at Watkins Glen – I love that track,” said Barbosa.
“I was on a group ride on my road bike, and some of the people ahead of me stopped before I was expecting them to, so I fell on my hand and hurt my wrist. It is really unfortunate but I am already focused on my program to get back in the car when the doctors let me.”
Christian Fittipaldi, who this year moved into a role that dovetails serving as the team’s sporting director with driving in the North American Endurance Cup rounds, will replace Barbosa in the No.5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. for the Sahlens Six Hours of the Glen – an event that he helped the team win in 2016 and 2017.
“We are fortunate to already have Christian ready to go for the Glen while Joao gets better,” said team manager Gary Nelson. “This is tough for Joao—no driver wants to miss any races, but we are looking forward to him making a fast recovery and getting back behind the wheel. Our focus will continue to be on winning as many races as we can.”
Barbosa is aiming to return in time for the series’ visit to Road America on August 3-5.