When Jan Magnussen, certainly no slouch at sports car endurance racing, called him “Superman” in a post-race interview, it’s a safe bet that teammate Antonio Garcia must have put in a long day, and most of a long night, behind the wheel of the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that Garcia drove to the checkered flag at the 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.
“I have to give most of the credit to Antonio. That was a Superman drive,” said Magnussen. “It was a lot longer in the car than any one of us would want!”
While the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship still has 10 of its 12 races to come on the 2017 schedule, we’ve already reached the halfway point in the battle for the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup following last Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.
Relive all the action from the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, the second race of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season and Round 2 of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
This time, there was no controversy – just an old-fashioned butt-whipping by the winning Prototype team.
The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing/Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi V.R, with Ricky Taylor behind the wheel, won the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona, with the No. 5 Action Express Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi V.R finishing second. But it wasn’t pretty – with just seven minutes left, Taylor nudged the No. 5 out of the way in turn 1, causing the No. 5 to spin.
There’s something about the two-car Corvette Racing C7.R team – when one car has a big problem, the other car seems to step up and win the race.
It happened last year at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida: The No. 3 Corvette crashed, ending up 41st overall in the 48-car field. But the No. 4 team car took the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class win.
As the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida approaches the evening hours, so does a potential rematch between the top two finishers in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup standings.
The No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DPi-V.R, which won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona in January, now holds a slight, one-point lead in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup standings after the first of three four-hour points-paying segments in the 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.
So far in this young IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, it’s been all Cadillac. The three new Cadillac DPi cars have dominated the Prototype class, first winning the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona after qualifying on the pole.
When the Prototype cars arrived in Sebring, it appeared Cadillac would dominate again after posting the fastest lap in three of the four pre-qualifying practice sessions.