Spirit of Daytona Ready to Rebound at Sebring

Spirit of Daytona Ready to Rebound at Sebring

13.03.2018: Cheever III, Vautier, and McMurry Trio ready for the bumps and the heat Spirit of Daytona Racing will return to competition this weekend

Cheever III, Vautier, and McMurry  Trio ready for the bumps and the heat

Spirit of Daytona Racing will return to competition this weekend as the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads to Sebring International Raceway for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advanced Auto Parts.

Ready for just their second outing with the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Cadillac DPi-V.R, the driving trio of Eddie Cheever III, Matt McMurry, and Tristian Vautier will aim to race to the finish of the challenging day-into-night event this Saturday (FS1 10:30 AM ET broadcast).

The team will look to rebound from a promising but ultimately disappointing outing in the home race in Daytona to open the IMSA season. After taking delivery of the team’s brand-new Cadillac DPi-V.R just weeks ahead of the Rolex 24, the Daytona Beach based squad delivered a performance that made it seem as though they had been working with the sleek blue Cadillac prototype for years, leading the race and posting impressive times with all three drivers.

For the first time in four years, the team didn’t make it to the Rolex podium after an unfortunate mechanical setback ended the effort early. But the weekend demonstrated the strong focus that Spirit of Daytona has on returning to the top step of the podium once again after proving victorious at Laguna Seca last season.

 Despite being half the length of the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, Sebring’s 12 Hour has developed the reputation of being twice as hard as the season opener. With a track that was first based on an airport runway, the 3.7-mile circuit is one that both thrills and anguishes drivers on every lap with a challenging combination of bumpy high-speed corners as well as slow, technical sections.

“We were there for the IMSA test last month and that went really well so we will go down there with some fresh information to work with,” said McMurry, who will have to take his finals at University of California/Irvine the week after the race.

 “Sebring can be really tricky setup wise because the track changes so much during the day with the temperatures. Driving the Cadillac is really cool—I’ve driven a prototype at Sebring but never a DPi. Turns one and 17 are just awesome in this car. Coming from a GTD car last year to this, it’s a big change but I’m really enjoying it.”

Vautier lit up the charts last year at Sebring, storming to the GTD class pole and impressing with his pace, something he’s looking forward to doing once again this weekend.

 “There were a lot of really good take aways from Daytona—we qualified well, led the race, the team performed great and all the drivers were able to work really well together and hopefully we can just continue that at Sebring,” said Vautier, who scored a podium at Bathurst with a run to second place in the legendary event.

 “For our first race together as a team, with a new car,  that was big. We will just keep focused on doing our jobs and hopefully that will get us to the front again. To be honest, I’m having a blast in this Cadillac and I’m enjoying the full potential of the car.

Sebring has the fast and medium speed corners where these cars excel so its great for me. We were good on the bumps, so I hope we can unload with a car that is strong and keep building our season.”

The race is a long-revered staple in the sport, with the track set to stage its 62nd edition this weekend. Cheever III got his first laps at Sebring during the test, and came away looking forward to making a race return in his second career Prototype race start.

“It is an amazing track— very challenging and bumpy, but I can't wait to drive there again for the race!” said Cheever.  “I learned a lot at Daytona, it was too bad that our race didn't last longer but I’m getting more comfortable with the car lap after lap. IMSA is one of the most competitive series in the world and the schedule of tracks is amazing. 

 Spirit of Daytona has been in the series for a long time so that makes it easier for me to adapt to a different category and championship. I'm sure that we will be competitive and hopefully have better luck at Sebring.”

 Team Owner Troy Flis is aware of the challenges that a track like Sebring can throw at a team, but is approaching the iconic event with the confidence that comes from seeing his team perform so well in Daytona.

“You’ve really got to be right on top of your game at Sebring, on both sides of the pit wall, and even then there are things that happen at Sebring that can just catch you out,” said team owner Troy Flis.

“We are just working on our preparation and having all the little things right, because that can add up. Everything from how we can keep our drivers cool in the car to what we need to do to have our pit box perfect for the night pit stops. The whole team rallied for the Rolex and it went well but we feel like there is some unfinished business still for us.”

The race will open with practice on Thursday, March 15 with the grid set to be determined on Friday, March 16 with a St. Patricks day 10:30 AM race broadcast for the second race of the 2018 IMSA season.

Matt Cleary,  Sunday Group Management

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/spirit-of-daytona-ready-12h-sebring---173589.html

13.03.2018 / MaP

Weitere Beiträge

IMSA Fan Fest Tomorrow Night Kicks Off Sebring Race Week
The inaugural IMSA Twelve Hour Fan Fest in Historic Downtown Sebring gets underway Tuesday at 5 pm with the Outback Steakhouse Transporter Parade.The free community event will allow fans to welcome their favorite teams and drivers to S weiter >>
Ben Waddell Set for IMSA Debut at Sebring
Teams with Hanratty at ESM for Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda Ben Waddell will make his IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda debut next weekend at Sebring International Raceway as h weiter >>
Sebring 12 Hours next on United Autosports 2018 calendar
•    United Autosports ready for second endurance race in the US•    Hanson, Di Resta and Alex Brundle racing Ligier JS P217 at notoriously bumpy Sebring•    Valuable knowledge gained at official Sebring Test last month weiter >>
Mario Farnbacher aiming for third win in Sebring
From 14th – 17th March 2018, Mario Farnbacher will be competing in the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring race for the sixth time. The young man from Ansbach takes the wheel again for the Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian team and will weiter >>
Risi Competizione 12 Hours of Sebring 2018 preview
A Race Engineers' Perspective Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM No. 62: Toni Vilander (FIN)                        & weiter >>
Twelve Hours of Sebring Entry List 2018
66th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of SebringPresented By Advance Auto PartsSebring International Raceway - Sebring, FloridaMarch 14 - March 17, 2018PROTOTYPE (P) (P) ENTRIES - 16E-20C Scott Sharp(P) USA Ryan weiter >>
Porsche quotes ahead of 12h Sebring 2018
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, round 2, 12 Hours of Sebring, USA   Pre-race quotesDr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars: “We didn’t start weiter >>
Porsche takes on the sports car classic in Florida as the record winner
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, round 2, 12 Hours of Sebring, USAThe 12 Hours of Sebring, the toughest and oldest sports car race in the USA, will be held for the 66th time on March 17th. Porsche has written motorsport history on the legendary weiter >>
IMSA Sebring Fan Fest March 13th
All roads will truly lead to the Sebring Circle Tuesday, March 13 when the inaugural IMSA Twelve Hour Fan Fest at Historic Downtown Sebring gets underway with the Outback Steakhouse Transporter Parade featuring more than 40 IMSA WeatherTech Championship teams.  The weiter >>
IWSC: BMW Team RLL attends test at the “Sebring International Raceway”.
Just three weeks ahead of the second race of the season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC), the iconic 12 Hours of Sebring (USA), BMW Team RLL has been racking up more kilometres of testing with the new BMW M8 GTE. Over the course of five test sessions, two of w weiter >>
United Autosports enjoys positive Sebring official test
•    Over 1,000 trouble-free miles achieved over two days in relentless Florida heat•    Hanson & Di Resta acclimatise to a very different U.S. track compared to Daytona• &nb weiter >>
Craig Morgan Concert and Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 Added to Race Weekend at Sebring International Raceway
The Alan Jay Automotive Network Presents Craig Morgan concert will be the highlight of Alan Jay Friday at Sebring International Raceway March 16.  The country music star, whose 25 Billboard hits include "That’s What I Love About Sunday," "Intern weiter >>
Paul di Resta joins United Autosports for Sebring 12 Hours and Watkins Glen
•    Di Resta rejoins United Autosports after Daytona sports car debut•    Former DTM Champion will race Ligier JS P217 with Phil Hanson and Bruno Senna•    All three drivers to take part in the official Sebring test on 22-23 February weiter >>
Long and Casey take first TCR win for Compass Racing in Daytona
IMSA Continental Tire Spotscar ChallengeLast Friday the TCR class made its official debut in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportcar Challenge and Compass Racing’s Tom Long and Britt Casey Jr. took the first victory in the 4-hour BMW End weiter >>
AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports finish Twelfth at the Rolex 24 Daytona
AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports proved their potential as a fighting team over the weekend by completing their first race ever, the Rolex 24 at Daytona in twelfth place. In what was an untypically calm race for the majority of the competitors, the drivers and crew of the #52 weiter >>
3GT Racing's Season Opens with Top 10 Final at Rolex 24h Daytona
The No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3, with driver Jack Hawksworth at the wheel, finished P9 at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The No. 14 finished P15, with new driver Kyle Marcelli taking the car over the finish line.Hawksworth, who had qualified the car and began the r weiter >>
Will Owen Finishes Fourth at Rolex 24 Debut
'Racing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona was an awesome, challenging, and rewarding experience.  At some points during testing we were not feeling very confident for the race, but the combination of our crew's hard work and reliable car made it possible to finish in the top five!  weiter >>
Paul Miller Racing Rebounds from Rebuild to Score Rolex 24 Podium
While the Rolex 24 at Daytona never fails to provide excitement and hardships, Paul Miller Racing experienced both ends of the spectrum this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. After a challenging week leading up to the main event, and weiter >>
Amazing podium for Andrea Caldarelli in Daytona
Andrea Caldarelli opening season began with an incredible podium in Daytona. The Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Champion took third slot on the podium in the Rolex 24 Hours, traditional first event in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The weiter >>
Luca Stolz mit starker Vorstellung bei den 24 Stunden von Daytona
Mit dem 24-Stunden-Rennen von Daytona stand für Luca Stolz am vergangenen Wochenende bereits das nächste große Saisonhighlight auf dem Programm. Beim wohl bedeutendsten Langstreckenrennen in den USA konnte sich der 22-jährige Brachbacher mit dem weiter >>
Technische Probleme verhindern Top-Platzierung in Daytona
Bei seiner Premiere beim 24-Stunden-Rennen in Daytona blieb die starke Leistung von Philipp Frommenwiler unbelohnt. Nach zwischenzeitlicher Führung in der GTD-Klasse warf ein technischer Defekt am Lexus RC F GT3 das Team ans Ende des Feldes zurück. Dank einer fehlerfreien Aufholjagd gelang es dem Lexus-Piloten und der Mannschaft von 3GT Racing, sich auf Position 15 zurückzukä weiter >>
Mustang Sampling Racing Wins Rolex 24 At Daytona
Launches 2018 North American Endurance Cup Championship Campaign with victory  •    3rd Rolex 24 victory for Barbosa (2010, 2014, 2018) and Fittipaldi (2004, 2014, 2018)•    2nd Rolex 24 vi weiter >>
Fernando Alonso quote after 24h Daytona race
Fernando Alonso, driver car #23, United Autosports:“I have a positive feeling about this weekend’s race and the whole event, I really did enjoy this a lot. I love driving and doing this for eight or nine hours in a race is great weiter >>
Risi Competizione post 24h Daytona race
56TH ANNUAL ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONARisi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM No. 62: Toni Vilander (FIN)                           &n weiter >>
IMSA: A promising season opener for Mercedes-AMG at Daytona
Customer Racing: Rolex 24 At DaytonaThe 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship gets off to a successful start for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport: in the ‘Rolex 24 At Daytona’, the Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports secured fourth plac weiter >>
No 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPI wins Rolex 24 at Daytona with a record distance
At 14:40 local time, the chequered flag waved the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi across the finish line, confirming Filipe Albuquerque, João Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi as winners of the 2018 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA. The No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing took victory weiter >>
United Autosports vows to return to Daytona after making mark on full Rolex 24 debut
•    Minor but time costly issues deprive both cars likely podium race finishes  •    Both Ligiers lead despite six of seven driver squad entering maiden Rolex   •    Massive six-week team effort 4,000-miles from home almost gets rostrum reward     weiter >>
A Ligier JS P217 finishes just shy of the podium in the Daytona 24 Hours
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – Daytona 24 Hours, 25-28 January 2018After finishing in the top 5 (fourth in LM P2) on their first outing in the Le Mans 24 Hours last June, United Autosports repeated this feat on their debut in the Dayto weiter >>
Lamborghini wins the Daytona 24 hours
After 24 hours and 750 laps, the #11 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán GT3 conquers the 56th edition of the famous endurance race at the Daytona International Speedway.The Austrian team, winner of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series, dominated the G weiter >>


STROOSSEN ENGLEN ASBL www.stroossenenglen.lu

© 2001-2017 automobilsport.com full copyright automobilsport.com