January 20, 2021

Sebring 12 Hours: Mazda wins the race, Acura takes the title

With 2hr40 to go, Acura Team Penske’s #6 car in the hands of Juan Pablo Montoya held a 4.7sec lead Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani, with Olivier Pla and Hunter-Reay third and fourth in the Mazdas and the JDC-Miller Cadillacs of Loic Duval and Matheus Leist in fifth and sixth.However, the Mazda drivers were about to get an unexpected bonus, because 10mins later Derani was on Montoya’s …Keep reading …

Sebring 12 Hours: Acura leads with three hours to go

PrototypeA strong stint from Sebastien Bourdais saw him drive the JDC-Miller Cadillac away from the #6 Acura of Juan Pablo Montoya in the last hours of sunlight and Tristan Vautier continued his good work as evening fell across the 17-turn 3.74-mile Sebring Raceway.Vautier’s closest opponent was another Tristan, namely Mr. Nunez in the #77 Mazda RT24-P with the sister Mazda of Harry …Keep reading …

Sebring 12 Hours: Montoya leads at halfway as WTR hits trouble

PrototypeFollowing a fourth yellow for Jakub Smiechowski thumping into the Turn 17 tires with the Inter Europol LMP2 car, the green flag flew with around eight hours remaining. Ryan Briscoe in the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac led ahead of Simon Pagenaud who had taken over the #6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 from Montoya, while Pipo Derani ran third for Action Express Racing, ahead of Stephen …Keep reading …

Sebring and Daytona winner Jim Pace dies from COVID-19

Pace began his racing career in Barber Saab in 1988, and quickly moved up to sportscars. He finished third in IMSA Camel Lights in 1991, winning at Road America in an Essex Racing Kudzu-Buick. He won the 1994 IMSA Camel GTU championship, winning three races for Leitzinger Racing at Road Atlanta, Indianapolis Raceway Park and Laguna Seca. Pace took overall honors in 1996, driving with …Keep reading …

Sebring 12 Hours: Dramas for title contenders in opening quarter

PrototypeAcura Team Penske’s polesitter Ricky Taylor took the lead at the start of the race ahead of Renger van der Zande’s Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R who worked hard to hold off the second Acura of Dane Cameron. Behind, Harry Tincknell moved the #55 Mazda RT24-P ahead of Sebastien Bourdais’ JDC Miller Motorsports Cadillac to grab fourth place, while Action Express Racing’s …Keep reading …

Heylen raises Wright Motorsports’ hopes of IMSA GTD title

Wright Motorsports’ full-time drivers Pat Long and Ryan Hardwick come into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale seven points behind Meyer Shank Racing’s Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry.While the latter pair has driven MSR’s #86 Acura NSX to two victories and two second places this season, bad luck has also struck, being knocked into a spin at Charlotte’s Roval by Jack …Keep reading …

Garcia happy Sebring isn’t “super stressful” title-decider

Garcia took his second pole in three races with a GT lap record around the 3.74-mile Sebring runway course this morning, 0.660sec faster than his nearest opponent.  However, the 40-year-old Spaniard said afterward that he’s pleased the structure of the 2020 season is atypical and that he and Taylor clinched the GTLM championship before arriving at arguably the most grueling event …Keep reading …

Sebring 12 Hours: Prime title contenders lock out front row

Taylor’s #7 Acura ARX-05 lapped the iconic 3.74-mile course in 1min46.874sec to beat Renger van der Zande’s Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R by a quarter second, as the two enter the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale just two points apart.Dane Cameron missed out on making it an all-Acura front row by 0.015sec but claimed third ahead of Sebastien Bourdais in the JDC Miller …Keep reading …

Sebring 12 Hours: Taylor’s Acura on top in night practice

Taylor lapped the 3.74-mile airport course in 1min48.358sec, to go 0.177sec faster than Pipo Derani’s Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. This was despite Taylor’s teammate Helio Castroneves requiring a new nose on the car after a minor brush with a tire wall.Mazda’s enduro ‘third man’ Olivier Pla turned the #77 Mazda RT24-P’s fastest time, just 0.082sec behind Derani and …Keep reading …

Corvette teammates salute Gavin ahead of last full-time race

In his 19 years with Corvette Racing, the 1995 British Formula 3 champion has scored 51 wins across four types of ’Vette – C5-R, C6.R and C7.R and the latest mid-engined C8.R. His list of successes includes five Le Mans 24 Hours wins, five Sebring 12 Hours wins, five Petit Le Mans wins and one Daytona 24 Hours wins.This weekend, the 48-year-old Huntingdon, UK-born driver may add a …Keep reading …