Preview – Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring (Update)

 

#55 Mazda at Daytona
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Sebring International Raceway – Sebring, Florida

July 16-18, 2020

Fast Facts

Race Day/Time: Saturday, July 18 – 5:40 p.m. ET

U.S. Television Coverage (All Times ET): LIVE – NBCSN, NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com

TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold Coverage: LIVE – Flag-to-flag beginning at 5:30 p.m.

IMSA.com Live Qualifying Stream: Saturday, July 18 – 1:55 p.m. ET

IMSA Radio: All sessions live on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com; SiriusXM live race coverage begins Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET (Sirius channel 218, XM 202, Internet 972)

Tickets: SebringRaceway.com

Circuit Type: 3.74-mile, 17-turn road course

Race Length: Two hours, 40 minutes

Track Social Media: Twitter/Instagram: @SebringRaceway; Facebook: SebringInternationalRaceway

Event Hashtags: #IMSA, #CadillacGP

WeatherTech Championship Track Records

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Qualifying:

DPi: Dane Cameron, Acura DPi, 1:45.865/125.837 mph, March 2019

LMP2: Matthew McMurry, ORECA LMP2, 1:49.728/121.407 mph, March 2019

GTLM: Connor de Phillippi, BMW M8 GTE, 1:55.839/116.231 mph, March 2018

GTD: Daniel Serra, Ferrari 488 GT3, 1:58.710/113.420 mph, March 2018

2019 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts Race Winners:

DPi: Felipe Nasr/Pipo Derani/Eric Curran, No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R

LMP2: Kyle Masson/Cameron Cassels/Andrew Evans, No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA

GTLM: Patrick Pilet/Nick Tandy/Frederic Makowiecki, No. 911 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR

GTD: Rolf Ineichen/Mirko Bortolotti/Rik Breukers, No. 11 GRT Lamborghini Huracán GT3

Storylines

A Corvette-Size Weight Has Been Lifted: For more than two years, the motorsports world has anxiously awaited Corvette Racing’s 100th victory in IMSA after win No. 99 came at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in April 2018. Finally, the team hit the century milestone last weekend at the IMSA WeatherTech 240 At Daytona with drivers Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in the new No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R. Will it lead to a winning streak?

LMP2 Season-Long Championship Begins: The LMP2 class returns at Sebring International Raceway for its second race of 2020. However, the class’ first race – January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona – did not award points towards the full-season WeatherTech Championship, only the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. Five LMP2 cars are entered for the Cadillac Grand Prix from five different teams. Who will get the upper hand?

Meanwhile, Pressing Pause on the WeatherTech Championship GTD Race: Not unlike the LMP2 class at the Rolex 24, the GTD class will see its own race points at Sebring awarded a bit differently. The Cadillac Grand Prix is the lone GTD race of 2020 that will not count towards the full-season WeatherTech Championship, only the seven-round WeatherTech Sprint Cup. After their win at the IMSA WeatherTech 240 At Daytona, Aaron Telitz and Jack Hawksworth lead the Sprint Cup standings in their No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 with one race in the books.

Nasr on the Mend – It was announced on Friday before the IMSA WeatherTech 240 At Daytona that Felipe Nasr had contracted the coronavirus, returned to Miami, and began the mandatory quarantine period. Nasr remains on the entry list in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R and will race if he is cleared by his doctor.

Who’s Hot?

Mazda Motorsports – Last summer brought three consecutive wins for the two-car Mazda DPi program and IMSA’s return to racing this summer has started equally as well. Last Saturday at Daytona, the team finished 1-2 overall with the No. 55 Mazda RT-24P of Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell scoring the win and their teammates Tristan Nunez and Oliver Jarvis finishing runner up.

AIM Vasser Sullivan – It’s nearly an identical situation for the Nos. 12 and 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GTs. The GTD team finished 1-2 also at Daytona, the best performance for the team since joining the WeatherTech Championship last year. The checkered flag went to Aaron Telitz – who was tapped as a full-time driver in the No. 14 just one week prior – and Jack Hawksworth, while it was the best finish yet for Frankie Montecalvo and Townsend Bell in second.

DragonSpeed – it’s been five months since the LMP2 field has been on track, but the last time they were – January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona – DragonSpeed took the win. However, the only returning driver from that lineup will be Henrik Hedman, who will be joined by Gustavo Menezes in the No. 81 ORECA LMP2.

5 JDC-Miller MotorSports with Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi – In the first two races for the revamped No. 5 Cadillac DPi, now running under the JDC-Miller MotorSports banner, the new partnership is off to a solid start. Co-drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Joao Barbosa have quietly finished on the podium in third during both races at Daytona and will look to improve just two more positions at Sebring. Bourdais and Barbosa won the last time they raced together at Sebring, in the 2015 Twelve Hours.

Who’s Good Here?

Pipo Derani – The Brazilian driver of the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring overall in three of the last four years. Last year, he became the first driver to win three times in four years at Sebring since Phil Hill did it in 1958, ’59 and ’61. It’ll be a shorter race, but he’s one to keep an eye on.

Nick Tandy, Frederic Makowiecki and the No. 911 Porsche GT Team – Tandy and co-driver Fred Mako are looking for their third consecutive GTLM victories at Sebring in the No. 911 RSR-19 after winning both the 2018 and 2019 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring alongside co-driver Patrick Pilet.

Kyle Masson and Performance Tech Motorsports – The Central Florida driver and the South Florida team have earned class victories at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring twice in the last three years, claiming a Prototype Challenge (PC) class win in 2017 and the LMP2 class win last year. They’ll look to continue that success with the No. 38 ORECA LMP2 machine, which Masson will share with Cameron Cassels.

Oliver Gavin – The No. 4 Corvette C8.R driver has the most Sebring victories of anybody in the field with six. His most recent win came in the GTLM class in 2016 aboard the No. 4 Corvette C7.R. He and Tommy Milner will trade the C7.R for the C8.R this year, which Gavin put on pole at the IMSA WeatherTech 240 At Daytona.

Bill Auberlen – The co-winningest driver in IMSA history has the most Sebring pole positions of any active driver with four, the most recent coming in the GTLM class in 2016. He also has three Twelve Hours of Sebring class victories and will go for a fourth in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 alongside Robby Foley.

Porsche – The German manufacturer has the most wins of any at Sebring with 94 class victories. It is also the winningest entrant in the Twelve Hours with 16 total victories dating back to its first win at the Central Florida circuit in 1956. It has won each of the past two years in the GTLM class.

Entry List

DPi DRIVERS TEAM & SPONSOR Car
5 (G) Joao Barbosa/(P) Sebastien Bourdais Mustang Sampling Racing / JDC-Miller Cadillac DPi
6 (G) Dane Cameron/(P) Juan Pablo Montoya ACURA TEAM PENSKE/Acura Acura DPi
7 (P) Helio Castroneves/(P) Ricky Taylor ACURA TEAM PENSKE/Acura Acura DPi
10 (G) Renger van der Zande/(P) Ryan Briscoe Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac DPi
31 (P) Felipe Nasr/(P) Pipo Derani Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi
55 (G) Jonathan Bomarito/(P) Harry Tincknell Mazda Motorsports/Mazda Mazda DPi
77 (P) Oliver Jarvis/(G) Tristan Nunez Mazda Motorsports/Mazda Mazda DPi
85 (S) Stephen Simpson/(G) Tristan Vautier JDC-Miller MotorSports/JDC-Miller Cadillac DPi
LMP2 DRIVERS TEAM & SPONSOR Car
8 (B) John Farano/(G) Ryan Dalziel Tower Motorsport by Starworks ORECA LMP2 07
18 (B) Dwight Merriman/(S) Kyle Tilley Era Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07
38 (B) Cameron Cassels/(S) Kyle Masson Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07
52 (G) Simon Trummer/(B) Patrick Kelly PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07
81 (B) Henrik Hedman/(G) Gustavo Menezes DragonSpeed USA ORECA LMP2 07
GTLM DRIVERS TEAM & SPONSOR Car
3 (P) Antonio Garcia/(P) Jordan Taylor Corvette Racing Corvette C8.R
4 (P) Oliver Gavin/(P) Tommy Milner Corvette Racing Corvette C8.R
24 (G) Jesse Krohn/(P) John Edwards BMW Team RLL/BMW of North America BMW M8 GTE
25 (P) Bruno Spengler/(G) Connor De Phillippi BMW Team RLL/BMW of North America BMW M8 GTE
911 (P) Nick Tandy/(P) Fred Makowiecki Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR – 19
912 (P) Earl Bamber/(P) Laurens Vanthoor Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR – 19
GTD DRIVERS TEAM & SPONSOR Car
12 (S) Frankie Montecalvo/(G) Townsend Bell AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3
14 (G) Jack Hawksworth/(S) Aaron Telitz AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3
16 (B) Ryan Hardwick/(P) Patrick Long Wright Motorsports/1st Phorm Porsche 911 GT3R
22 (B) Till Bechtolsheimer/(S) Marc Miller Gradient Racing/Unit Nutrition Acura NSX GT3
30 (B) Rob Ferriol/(S) Spencer Pumpelly Team Hardpoint/GridRival.com Audi R8 LMS GT3
44 (G) Andy Lally/(B) John Potter GRT Magnus Lamborghini Huracan GT3
63 (S) Cooper MacNeil/(P) Toni Vilander Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3
74 (S) Gar Robinson/(G) Lawson Aschenbach Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3
76 (S) Corey Fergus/(G) Paul Holton Compass Racing/Richard Mille / McLaren McLaren 720S GT3
96 (S) Robby Foley/(G) Bill Auberlen Turner Motorsport/Liqui-Moly / Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3

 

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