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USCC Point Standings
Final 2016
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Dane Cameron 314
1 Eric Curran 314
2 Joao Barbosa 311
2 Christian Fittipaldi 311
3 Jordan Taylor 309
3 Ricky Taylor 309
4 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 282
5 Marc Goossens 273
6 Tom Long 258
6 Joel Miller 258
7 Tristan Nunez 257
7 Jonathan Bomarito 257
8 John Pew 255
9 Ryan Dalziel 247
10 Katherine Legge 247
11 Sean Rayhall 196
12 Scott Sharp 128
12 Johannes van Overbeek 128
12 Luis Felipe Derani 128
13 Olivier Pla 113
14 Max Angelelli 113
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay 109
16 Spencer Pigot 95
17 Andy Meyrick 91
18 Filipe Albuquerque 88
19 Ed Brown 72
20 Ben Devlin 70
21 Scott Pruett 62
22 Simon Pagenaud 55
23 Rubens Barrichello 53
24 Nicolas Minassian 52
25 Byron DeFoor 46
25 Jim Pace 46
25 David Hinton 46
25 Dorsey Schroeder 46
26 Henrik Hedman 29
26 Nicolas Lapierre 29
27 Brendon Hartley 27
27 Andy Priaulx 27
27 Lance Stroll 27
27 Alex Wurz 27
28 Jonny Adam 26
29 Jamie McMurray 25
29 Scott Dixon 25
29 Tony Kanaan 25
29 Kyle Larson 25
30 Gabby Chaves 25
31 Thomas Gruber 24
32 Keiko Ihara 24
33 Maurizio Mediani 23
33 Kirill Ladygin 23
33 Mikhail Aleshin 23
34 AJ Allmendinger 21
35 Carlos de Quesada 21
35 Dominik Farnbacher 21
35 Cameron Lawrence 21
35 Daniel Morad 21
36 Andreas Wirth 20

Prototype Teams
1 #31 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 314
2 #5 ACTION EXPRESS RACING 311
3 #10 WAYNE TAYLOR RACING 309
4 #60 MICHAEL SHANK RACING 282
5 #90 VISITFLORIDA RACING 273
6 #70 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 258
7 #55 MAZDA MOTORSPORTS 257
8 #0 PANOZ DELTAWING RACING 220
9 #2 TEQUILA PATRON ESM 128
10 #50 HIGHWAY TO HELP 46
11 #81 DRAGONSPEED 29
12 #01 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 27
13 #02 FORD CHIP GANASSI RACING 25
14 #37 SMP RACING 23
15 #24 ALEGRA MOTORSPORTS 21

Prototype Manufacturers
1 Chevrolet 338
2 Ligier 324
3 Mazda 304
4 Oreca 56
5 BR 30
12 Hours of Sebring Postscript

FIA WEC opener showed close competition in all classes
Monday, March 19, 2012

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Sebring at night - the final corner entering the pit straight
The 60th anniversary of the 12 Hours of Sebring, the opening round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship, was an event full of tension all the way to the finish. After covering 325 laps at Sebring International Raceway, it was the Audi team of Tom Kristensen (DEN), Allan McNish (GBR) and Rinaldo Capello (ITA) that repeated their 2006 and 2009 victories.

The FIA WEC LMP2 class proved surprisingly strong with three entries finishing in the overall top-five. In the GT class, the win was not decided until the last one hundred meters, after Joey Hand (USA) barely steered his BMW past the Ferrari of Olivier Beretta (MCO).

Perfect Florida weather allowed a sell-out crowd here in Sebring to enjoy fierce competition in all FIA WEC classes. Combined with sports car racing in the American Le Mans Series, a total of 62 cars took the green flag at 10:30 this morning- fine proof of the popularity of endurance racing. Starting the race as favorites, the Kristensen/McNish/Capello Audi team was in charge for the complete duration of the race.

Despite a few minor issues, two of the three German cars finished first and second overall: their first double in Sebring since 2005. For Tom Kristensen it was his sixth win at the Florida raceway; the Rolex Testimonee is now by far the most successful driver in the event’s sixty-year history.

“Sebring over the years has become a tradition and I am humble and honored to win the anniversary edition of this great American sports car race. After celebrating sixty years of Sebring, we now look forward to new technology with the introduction of hybrid,” said the Danish driver after his win.

“This year marked 50 years of Daytona, 60 years here and 80 years for the big one, Le Mans, in June: 2012 is an important year for sports car racing and it feels fantastic to start it on top.”

Chasing the Audi team all day, the Pescarolo–Judd team (Bouillon/Collard/Jousse) finished third in the LMP1 class and sixth overall. Third overall, as well as fourth and fifth, were the strong LMP2 entries of Honda. Part of the winning LMP2 team was Scottish driver Ryan Dalziel, who also set pole at the 50th edition of the Rolex 24 At Daytona earlier this year.

While Audi’s win was never challenged, the traffic on the track made it far from easy and the GT competitors also had an incredibly exciting race. At the finish, the BMW of Hand had an advantage of just a few meters over the Ferrari of Beretta. For the last three hours of the race these two, and the Corvettes, had a memorable battle. Going into the last lap, Hand was just ahead of Beretta, however the Ferrari driver passed the BMW and stayed ahead until the last corner. Hand overtook the Ferrari at the line after the red car had encountered a puncture a few hundred yards earlier.

“Not only was the last lap exciting, the last three hours were!” said a happy Hand after the finish. The top four teams in the GT class finished on the same lap.

In its 60 years of history, the 12 Hours of Sebring saw several close finishes; in 1955, Mike Hawthorn (GBR) was just 25 seconds ahead of the Ferrari of Phil Hill (USA). The Brit later won Les 24 Heures du Mans as well, being the first driver to win both races in the same year. Fifteen years later, Mario Andretti (USA) finished a mere 23 seconds ahead of the Porsche shared by Peter Revson (USA) and American movie star Steve McQueen. And last year in Sebring, the winning Peugeot had a narrow win of just 31 seconds over the second-place HPD-Honda.

The importance of the new FIA World Endurance Championship was acknowledged by the attendance of Jean Todt. As the President of the FIA, Todt has always been a strong force behind this new championship. The results of today’s race were clear proof of the popularity and the competitiveness of international sports car racing. The next round of the FIA WEC is in seven weeks time in Belgium, when the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps will be run.

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