João Barbosa

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Driver: No. 40 Ligier JS P2
Birthdate: March 11, 1975                                                  
Nationality: Portuguese
Residence: Ormond Beach, FL
Twitter:
@barbosaracing

Fast Facts:

  • Winner of the 2014 and 2010 Rolex 24 at Daytona; 2003 winner in GTS class at Rolex 24 at Daytona
  • Six previous entries in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • 2014 Champion of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
  • 2014 Champion of Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup
  • Currently tied for the lead in the IMSA Driver Championship in Prototype class

24 Hours of Le Mans Highlights: 

  • 2011 - 3rd place in the LMP2 class with team Level 5 Motorsport
  • 2009 - 7th place, team Pescarolo Sport, Pescarolo/Judd
  • 2008 - 11th place, team Rollcentre Racing, Pescarolo/Judd
  • 2006 - 5th place in LMP2, team Rollcentre Racing, Radical SR9/Judd V8
  • 2005 - 17th place with Rollcentre Racing, Dallara/Judd
  • 2004 - Rookie of the Year with team Rollcentre Racing, Dallara/Judd

Career Highlights:

2015 – IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (TUSCC):Driver of No. 5 Action Express Racing, Corvette Daytona Prototype in P class at Rolex 24 At Daytona (Started 4th, Finished 2nd), 12 Hours of Sebring (Started 3rd, Finished 1st), Long Beach Grand Prix (Started 3rd, Finished 5th), Laguna Seca (Started 5th, Finished 4th), Belle Isle (Started 1st, Finished 3rd). Currently tied for first place in the Driver Championship in Prototype class

2014 - TUSCC: Winner of the Rolex 24 at Daytona (Finished 1st), Indianapolis (Finished 1st), Road America (Finished 1st); Overall Championship Winner; Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup Champion

2013 – Grand-Am Rolex Series (Grand-Am): Driver of the Action Express Racing, Corvette Daytona Prototype - 6 Hours of Watkins Glen (Finished 1st), Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course (Finished 1st)

2012 - Grand-Am: Full season driver with Action Express Racing, Corvette Daytona Prototype - 6 Hours of Watkins Glen (Finished 1st), Detroit 200 (Finished 1st); American Le Mans Series (ALMS): 12 Hours of Sebring (Finished 1st) with Level 5 Motorsport, HPD ARX-03b/HPD in LMP2 class

2011 - Grand- Am: Driver of Action Express Racing, Daytona Prototype Riley & Scott/Porsche based V8 - Virgínia International Raceway (Finished 1st) • Rolex 24H at Daytona (3rd); FIA Intercontinental Le Mans Cup Series (ILMC): Competed inLMP2 class with Level 5 Motorsport, HPD ARX-01g/HPD at Petit Le Mans, (Finished 1st); Level 5 Motorsport; ACO/Le Mans 24 Hours: 24 Hours of Le Mans (3rd) in LMP2 class with team Level 5 Motorsport

2010 - Grand- Am: Full season driver with Action Express Racing, Daytona Prototype Riley & Scott/Porsche based V8 -  24 Hours At Daytona (overall winner); ALMS: Extreme Speed Motorsport driving a Ferrari 430 GT2  at 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans

2009 –Grand- Am: Winner of the “Suntrust improve your position award”of the Grand Am Rolex Sportscar Series, Miami-Homestead Grand Prix (Finished 1st) with team Brumos Racing, Daytona Prototype Riley & Scott/Porsche; ALMS: 2 races with Pescarolo Sport, Pescarolo/Judd; ACO/24 Hours of Le Mans: 24 Hours of Le Mans (7th) with Pescarolo Sport, Pescarolo/Judd

2008 – Grand-Am: Winner of the “Suntrust Improve Your Position Award” and 3rd place in the Grand Am Rolex Sportscar Seriesin the DP class, with Brumos Racing, Daytona Prototype Riley & Scott/Porsche • ACO/24 Hours of Le Mans: 11th place overall with Rollcentre Racing, Pescarolo/Judd; Le Mans Series Championship: With Rollcentre Racing Pescarolo/Judd in LMP1

2007 – Grand-Am: 24 Hours At Daytona (4th) with Brumos Racing, Daytona Prototype Riley & Scott/Porsche; ACO/24 Hours of Le Mans: 4th place overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Rollcentre Racing, LMP1 Pescarolo/ Judd

2006 – Grand-Am: 24 Hours of Daytona, DNF, Brumos Racing, DP Fabcar/Porsche; ACO/24 Hours of Le Mans: 24 Hours of Le Mans, 5th place in LMP2, Rollcentre Racing, Radical SR9/Judd V8; Le Mans Series Championship: Best result 3rd place in LMP2 in Nurburgring, Rollcentre Racing, Radical SR9/Judd; FIA: GT in Hungaroring, 9th place, Balfe Motorsport, Saleen S7R; Japanese Super GT Championship: Test driver for team Nismo - Nissan Fairlady Z GT 500

2005 – Grand- Am: Selected races in Grand Am Rolex Sportscar Series, with Scuderia Maserati of Washington, Maserati Trofeo L-GT; ALMS: 12 Hours of Sebring, Rollcentre Racing, Dallara/Nissan; Le Mans Endurance Series Championship: 7th in Rollcentre Racing, Dallara/Judd; ACO/24 Hours of Le Mans: 24 Hours of Le Mans with Rollcentre Racing, Dallara/Judd (17th); Japanese Super GT Championship: Test driver for team Nismo -Nissan Fairlady Z GT 500

2004 – Grand-Am: 2 podiums with Scuderia Maserati of Washington, Maserati Trofeo L-GT, 12 Hours of Sebring 5th place, Rollcentre, Dallara/Judd; ALMS: Petit Le Mans race, 4th place in GTS class, with Acemco Automotive, Saleen S7R; FIA: GT Hockenheim race, 8th place, RML Ltd., Saleen S7R; Le Mans Endurance Championship: Named 4th best driver of the searies by the Le Mans Racing Magazine; ACO/24 Hours of Le Mans: Rookie of the Year with Rollcentre Racing, Dallara/Judd

2003 - Grand Am: 24 Hours At Daytona (overall winner) in GTS class, 2nd in Series Championship; FIA World Endurance Championship (FIAWEC): With Rollcentre Racing, Mosler MT900R in GT class 1000km of SPA (finished 1st)

2002 - Grand Am: 3rd in Championship in GT class, with team Perspective Racing, Mosler MT900R. 6 pole positions in 10 races

2001 – Grand Am: 2 Poles, 1 track record, 3rd at Homestead in GT class with Morrison Mosler; Japanese GT Championship: GT300 class, one race at Sepang - qualified 2nd and finished 5th, Mosler MT900R

2000 - ALMS: Sebring and Charlotte with Nygmatech Motorsport, Porsche GT3-R

1999 – USRRC: Team Mosler Auto, Mosler Intruder/Chevrolet, GT2 class. 2 pole positions, 2 track records and 1 win; Super Sport Car Austria Euroseries: 2nd place with team Centenary/Alfa Romeo, 2 poles, 1 win, 2 2nd places; FIA World Endurance Championship (FIAWEC): GT in Homestead-Miami, Mosler Auto, qualified 4th, DNF while running 3rd

1998 - International Sports Racing Series: 3rd at Le Mans (Bugatti circuit), France with Centenari/Alfa Romeo

1997 - Formula Kool/Toyota Atlantic: 7th in Championship with USA, Team RDS Motorsport, “Rising Star Award”

1996 - Italian Formula 3 Championship: 2nd in Championship with team PreMa Powerteam; Rookie of the Year; Test driver for Scuderia Minardi Formula 1

1995 - Formula Europa Boxer Championship: Champion with team Lucidi Motors; Test drove the Alfa Romeo 155 factory Team of DTM

1994 – Portuguese Formula Ford Championship: Champion

1993 -  Portuguese Formula Ford Championship: 3rd in Championship, 3 wins, Rookie of the Year

1992 -  Formula Super A Go Kart World Championship: Finished 4th in championship

1991 -  Tsumagoi Go Kart Grand Prix: 2nd in Japan Inter A class; Formula A Go Kart World Championship: 3rd

1990 - Junior Pre-World Championship Go Kart: 4th; Junior Go Kart Grand Prix: Winner; Go Kart Pre-Final Junior World Cup: 2nd, DNF in the Final

1988-90 - Portuguese Junior Go Kart Championships:  3 time Winner 

 

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