Sebring 12 Hours: IndyCar ace Scott Dixon takes lead at halfway mark

Another IndyCar driver, Scott Dixon, is showing the sports car guys how it's done

Scott Dixon leads overall in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford from Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP. Once again we're under caution, good news for some teams that have been struggling early on with problems. At one point the number 10 car of Wayne Taylor Racing was down 2 laps after a 4+ minute pit stop where they changed front brake rotors. This yellow has helped them tremendously by bringing them 1 lap closer to the lead lap.

At this point the fast car/driver in 2nd place overall after this caution is Barbosa in the number 5 Action Racing Corvette. Things could change drastically after this shakes out because the Ford appears no match for the Chevys!

Other class leaders at the six-hour mark included Tom Kimber-Smith (No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, PC), Patrick Pilet (No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR, GTLM) and Cooper MacNeil (No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America, GTD).Stay tuned for more live action from Sebring.

Quotes

Ozz Negri, Driver – No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Tire Kingdom Honda Ligier JS P2/Honda:
I was just pushing very hard trying to stay on the lead lap. I got behind a GTLM car and I thought he let off and gave me the way, but then he started to turn into the corner and I thought I was going to hit him. So I tried to avoid it and went over the curb and when I hit the curb, that’s when the car took off and spun the other way. It’s one of those things. Maybe I should have been a little more patient and passed him elsewhere but in the heat of the moment, you have to push, push, push. I’m just bummed for the Michael Shank Racing team that worked so hard changing over to a new engine yesterday.

Antonio Garcia, Driver – No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R
The Porsches seem to be really strong. What they showed in qualifying they are still showing in race pace. Now we’re going into a different period of the race where the track will be completely different. So far the car is behaving how we expected. It feels like the car is slowly coming to us. We need to stay where we are and keep pushing but not do anything crazy out there. If we can find just a little bit more from the car, it will be great.

Joey Hand, Driver – No. 01 Ford EcoBoost Corvette DP
The car was really tough to drive in the first stint. I struggled just to keep it on the track. They made a lot of really big changes. We needed those yellows to be able to do that kind of stuff and we got them in just the nick of time, really. That’s why this program is so awesome. These guys are really good at making changes on the fly, like nobody I’ve ever seen. We’re definitely close. I could actually race the others on that last stint. Scott’s having a go at it right now. We can’t win the race right now with this car, but a couple more changes, we could definitely get ourselves a podium car. Wayde Alfarone reporting live from Sebring

Hour 6 Standings

Pos No. Class Name Laps Make/Model
1 01 P Hand/Pruett/Dixon 161 Ford EcoBoost Riley DP
2 5 P Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais 161 Corvette DP
3 90 P Westbrook/Valiante/ Rockenfeller 161 Corvette DP
4 2 P Brown/van Overbeek/Fogarty 161 Honda HPD ARX
5 52 PC Guasch/Palmer/Kimber-Smith 160 ORECA FLM09
6 10 P R.Taylor/J.Taylor/Angelelli 160 Corvette DP
7 38 PC Mee/French/Daly 160 ORECA FLM09
8 31 P Curran/Cameron/Papis 159 Corvette DP
9 54 PC Bennett/Braun/Gue 159 ORECA FLM09
10 1 P Sharp/Dalziel/Heinemeier Hansson 159 Honda HPD ARX
11 57 P Krohn/Jonsson/Pla 158 Ligier JS P2 Judd
12 911 GTLM Tandy/Pilet/Lietz/Bamber 157 Porsche 911 RSR
13 17 GTLM Sellers/Henzler/P.Long 157 Porsche 911 RSR
14 3 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe 157 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
15 4 GTLM Gavin/Milner/Pagenaud 157 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
16 912 GTLM Bergmeister/Bamber/Makowiecki/ Tandy 157 Porsche 911 RSR
17 85 PC Goikhberg/C.Miller/Mitchell/ Kraut 157 ORECA FLM09
18 62 GTLM Kaffer/Fisichella/Bertolini 157 Ferrari F458 Italia
19 24 GTLM J.Edwards/Luhr/Klingmann 157 BMW Z4 GTE
20 22 GTD MacNeil/L.Keen/A.Davis 152 Porsche 911 GT America
21 23 GTD James/M.Farnbacher/Riberas 152 Porsche 911 GT America
22 33 GTD Keating/J.Bleekemolen/ S.Bleekemolen 152 Dodge Viper SRT
23 58 GTD Snow/Heylen/Valverde 152 Porsche 911 GT America
24 007 GTD Nielsen/Davison/B.Davis 152 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
25 48 GTD Haase/B.Miller/von Moltke 152 Audi R8 LMS
26 63 GTD Sweedler/T.Bell/Lazzaro 152 Ferrari 458 Italia
27 93 GTD Carter/Goossens/Keating/ Lawrence 152 Dodge Viper SRT
28 97 GTD Marsal/Palttala/Priaulx/Said 152 BMW Z4
29 49 GTD Perazzini/Cioci/Aguas/ E.Potolicchio 152 Ferrari 458 Italia
30 50 P Pace/DeFoor/Hinton/ Schroeder 148 BMW Power Riley DP
31 98 GTLM Dalla Lana/Lamy/Turner/Lauda 147 Aston Martin Vantage V8
32 25 GTLM Auberlen/Werner/Farfus 145 BMW Z4 GTE
33 44 GTD Potter/Lally/Seefried 142 Porsche 911 GT America
34 8 PC van der Zande/Schultis /Popow 137 ORECA FLM09
35 11 PC Junqueira/Cumming/Menezes 135 ORECA FLM09
36 70 P Nunez/Bomarito/Tremblay 111 Mazda Prototype
37 07 P T.Long/J.Miller/Devlin/ Tremblay 104 Mazda Prototype
38 16 PC Drumwright/Drissi/Cheng/ Plowman 101 ORECA FLM09
39 81 GTD Faulkner/Skeen/Avenatti/ Giermaziak 97 Porsche 911 GT America
40 73 GTD Lindsey/Pumpelly/Norman 85 Porsche 911 GT America
41 0 P Rojas/Legge/Meyrick 60 DeltaWing DWC13

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