Successful VP Racing SportsCar Challenge weekend for Sean Creech Motorsport

Successful VP Racing SportsCar Challenge weekend for Sean Creech Motorsport

12.03.2023: Lance Willsey earns two fourth place finishes as the team gains valuable information ahead of next weekend’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Sean Creech Motorsport (SCM) came to the VP Racing SportsCar Challenge double header at Sebring Internation


Lance Willsey earns two fourth place finishes as the team gains valuable information ahead of next weekend’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

 

Sean Creech Motorsport (SCM) came to the VP Racing SportsCar Challenge double header at Sebring International Raceway with the plan to gain more track time and more data ahead of next Saturday’s 71st annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (Saturday at 10:10 a.m. Eastern on Peacock TV and USA Network).




Mission accomplished for the No. 30 SCM Exelixis/Focal One Ligier JS P320 team, as Lance Willsey battled hard through the pair of 45-minute races to bring home two fourth-place finishes.



The VP Racing SportsCar Challenge joined the World Endurance Championship (WEC) for the two-day event at Sebring. The WEC held a two-day test ahead of next weekend’s “Super Sebring” event – to be headlined by the IMSA 12-hour race. Willsey and the team made good use of the track time to continue preparations to defend their Sebring win last year.




Willsey and the team worked on setups through two 30-minute practice sessions Saturday in very warm and humid conditions. Placing the car seventh on the starting grid, Willsey was determined to continue his progress, lay down good lap times and aim for a podium position.





Race One


Given the overnight change to Daylight Savings Time, Sunday’s 8:00 a.m. green flag was especially early – and surprisingly chilly, with ambient temperatures in the mid-50s. The cool conditions meant that getting the Michelin tires warmed quickly was paramount, and Willsey immediately settled into a rhythm.



Laying down solid laps and taking advantage of the mistakes of others, Willsey purposefully made his way up through the field. Managing heavy GT traffic, he set lap times consistently within a second of the leaders and made a move into fourth position with 20 minutes remaining. A late caution brought the field back together and Willsey took aim on that final podium position but at the checkered flag, settled for fourth – but with another shot later in the day.




Race Two


By mid-afternoon, the weather had changed once again, in typical Sebring fashion, returning to hot and humid conditions. Willsey, starting in sixth position, was happy to find that the car’s setup was still spot-on, putting a quick and stable car underneath him. Avoiding a two-car incident on the first lap, Willsey slid into fourth position – but with the No. 77 Ligier right on his rear wing.



The duo battled hard for much of the early going, with Willsey digging hard and holding off his competitor. Willsey put down consistently quicker laps and with 20 minutes remaining, began to pull away. At the checkered flag, Willsey had placed nearly 14 seconds between himself and the fifth-place car, securing another fourth-place finish and coming away with an undamaged car.




All in all, a successful weekend.


“I struggled a bit to find pace on Saturday, though the car was very good,” said Willsey. “Track conditions were very different today, but the car still handled well. I qualified toward the back, which presented a bit of chaos – but credit to the field, we got through those early laps with no incidents. And kudos to the GT4 drivers: with the LMP3’s closing speeds and constant passing, I was impressed with how heads-up everyone was with traffic.



“I clicked off some laps and am getting that pace back. I’m happy with effort, from myself and everyone on the team. It’s all about being in the best position we can be in going into the 12-hour next weekend.”



“Lance did a good job,” said team principal Sean Creech. “He stayed out of trouble and kept the car clean. It’s just been a while since he’s been in the car and that’s what this weekend was all about. He set good times, especially in the heat of the day. The car was handling well and we were able to try a few new setups, especially in the heat of the day. Our car is in a good spot, though we know the track will continue changing through this next week.”
SCM thanks partners Exelixis and Focal One for their continued support.



The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring - race two of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - takes the green flag Saturday, March 18 at 10:10 a.m. Eastern. The race will be live streamed in its entirety on Peacock TV, with the final four and a half hours live on USA Network. International viewers can watch via IMSA.tv, with IMSA Radio also available at IMSA.com.




 Diane Swintal- photos SCM

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/vp-racing-sportscar-challenge-sean-creech-motorsport---248454.html

12.03.2023 / MaP

More News

Mobil 1 Brings Motorsports Legend Jenson Button to NASCAR
10.03.2023
Championship-Winning Formula One and Sports Car Driver To Run Three NASCAR Cup Series Races with Debut March 26 at COTA   Jenson Button, the 2009 Formula One world champion whose versatility as a racecar driver extends well beyond his more >>
Pole on Indy NXT debut for Andretti’s Foster
09.03.2023
Reigning Indy Pro 2000 champion Louis Foster stunned the Indy NXT paddock with a sensational pole position for the season opener in Florida. The 19-year-old from Hampshire in the UK is starting his second season racing in America, and returni more >>
Don Panoz Endowment for The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Announced at MSHFA 35th Induction Ceremony presented by Toyota Racing
08.03.2023
- Generous Gift to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) Made Possible by the Panoz Family- Endowment Provides Valuable Funding for ‘The Hall of Fame of All Motorsports’ to Continue its Ongoing and Non-Profit Mission of Preserving the Legacy and History of all Facets of American Motorsports- New and Long-Term Di more >>
Valkyrie Velocity Race Platform Developed Through Collaboration of Strengths From Valkyrie and Hardpoint
08.03.2023
The New Race Team Combines Partner Development, On Track Success and Artificial Intelligence to a Single Racing Entity Hardpoint, the championship-winning professional sports car racing team formed in 2018 by U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and more >>
Open Casting Call For Sports Car Racing Docuseries to be Held On Site During Twelve Hours of Sebring
07.03.2023
The upcoming docuseries focused on the world of pro-am racing directed and produced by Toni Calderon and Brad Peyton is hosting an open casting call during the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, March 15 – 18, on site at Sebring International Raceway. more >>
Alpine ready to live the american dream with an unique challenge at Pikes Peak
07.03.2023
    Alpine continues its relentless climb to new heights with its first-ever participation in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.    The Colorado Springs race to the clouds, which has captured the collective imagination since 1916, will witness an A-arrowed car at the start on 25 June 2023.  &nb; more >>
First-lap Melee Ends IndyCar Series Season Opener For Simon Pagenaud
06.03.2023
                Qualified : 25thFinished: 26thChampionship: 26th            Simon Pagenaud (No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM more >>
Ericsson Takes Honda To NTT Indycar Series Victory Lane in St. Pete
06.03.2023
    Marcus Ericsson makes his mark in NTT INDYCAR SERIES season opener, late-race pass seals victory at Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg    Teammate Scott Dixon claims third for Honda and Chip Ganassi Racing more >>
Ericsson Survives Chaos To Win Season Opener in St. Pete - results and video
05.03.2023
Marcus Ericsson dodged multiple incidents in a chaotic season-opening race for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, winning the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding on Sunday in a day overflowing with drama. more >>
First-lap Melee Ends Indy Car Series Season Opener For Meyer Shank Racing Duo
05.03.2023
Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) drivers Helio Castroneves (No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda) and Simon Pagenaud (No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda) saw their 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season opener end after a single lap when more >>
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams GT America St.Pete review and quotes
05.03.2023
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams and Drivers Sweep Opening Weekend of GT America Powered by AWS Competition with Double Victory and Pole-Winning Performance at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Debuting Mercedes-AMG GT3 Drivers Memo Gidley more >>
Grosjean Heads Honda, Andretti Front Row Sweep in St. Petersburg Qualifying
05.03.2023
    Romain Grosjean scores his second career NTT INDYCAR SERIES pole in qualifying for Sunday's season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg    Colton Herta completes front row sweep for Honda and Andretti Auto more >>
Grosjean Leads Andretti 1-2 in St. Petersburg Qualifying, results and video
04.03.2023
NTT INDYCAR SERIESFIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURGSaturday, March 4th 2023Romain Grosjean led an Andretti Autosport sweep of the front row in qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding on Satu more >>
St. Petersburg Qualifying Proves Tough For Meyer Shank Racing IndyCar Squad
04.03.2023
 Castroneves to start 15th, Pagenaud 25th Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) drivers Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud were hoping to see their progress through the St. Pete week more >>
PT Autosport Launches Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America Program
03.03.2023
The new team partners with JDX Racing and looks to form an in-house driver and team development system, with the U.S. series as the target destination to establish a race car driver’s career in professional motorsport more >>
Brumos Collection and Brumos Racing Return to Pikes Peak in 2023 with David Donohue Seeking to Break Division Record
02.03.2023
The Brumos Collection and Brumos Racing announced today that they will compete for the second straight year at the 101st running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on June 25, 2023. Also known as The Race to the Clouds, the PPIHC is an invitational automobile hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Col more >>
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Unveils New Campaign Voiced by Drivers
02.03.2023
McLaughlin Puts Viewers in Driver’s Seat before Season Debut with ‘ZERO’The NTT INDYCAR SERIES offers the most competitive and challenging racing in motorsports, and its new promotional campaign will bring all the action, drama and intrigue to new audiences as the season gets ready to launch this weekend.The first INDYCAR c more >>
Arrow McLaren and Lucas Oil Announce Multi-Year Partnership Extension
01.03.2023
  McLaren Racing today announced a multi-year extension to its long-standing partnership with Lucas Oil, continuing as an Official Partner of the Arrow McLaren IndyCar Team in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.Lucas Oil is an Indianapo more >>
Jr III Racing has Winning Weekend at Sebring
28.02.2023
Jr III (“Junior-Three”) Racing kicked off a four week stretch that includes three very different race events at Sebring International Raceway this weekend with a successful season-opening outing in Sportscar Vin more >>
Meyer Shank Racing Looks for Fast Start to 2023 INDYCAR Season at St. Petersburg
27.02.2023
Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) will kick off the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season this weekend for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg returning with its two-car, full-season lineup of Helio Castroneves - No. 06 AutoNation / S more >>
The Piston Foundation Partners with Bring a Trailer to Benefit “Sponsor a Piston Scholar” Initiative
27.02.2023
BaT is holding a charity auction of a 1973 Datsun 240Z to commemorate its milestone 100,000th listing and to raise funds for the Piston FoundationThe Piston Foundation, whose mission is to bring more young people into the trades of the collector car industry, in particular with its “Sponsor a Piston Scholar” initiative, is partnering with Bring more >>
Kyle Busch to Drive the No. 8 Lucas Oil Chevrolet at Auto Club Speedway in Fontanta
21.02.2023
Lucas Oil Enhances Long-Standing Relationship with Richard Childress Racing and ECR Engines Through Continued Technical and Development Support and Primary Sponsorship Lucas Oil Products, a long-time partner of both Richard Childress Racin more >>
Jr III Racing Kicks off SVRA Season at Sebring
21.02.2023
For ages, families have looked to escape the late winter cold with a trip to Florida in February. The SportsCar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) season-opener at Sebring International Raceway this weekend will give the drivers and cre more >>
The Driver's Eye™ technology of Racing Force Group enriches the NASCAR Cup Series on FOX
20.02.2023
A new point of view added to the NASCAR fans' experienceFOX Sports, NASCAR and Racing Force Group are pleased to announce an agreement to use the leading-edge Driver's Eye™ technology for the NASCAR Cup Series eve more >>
Goodyear and Nascar's shares legacy of performance, innovation brought to live in new tv ad
19.02.2023
Official Tire of NASCAR to debut new ad narrated by race legend, Bill Elliott, at DAYTONA 500 From dirt tracks to super speedways, Goodyear and NASCAR have pushed the boundaries of performance and innovation together for nearly 70 years. more >>
NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series Race NextEra Energy 250
18.02.2023
Daytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach, FloridaFriday, February 17, 2023                 1. (15)  Zane Smith, Ford, 79.  &n; more >>
Zane Smith wins second straight Daytona Truck Series season opener
18.02.2023
 On the fifth try, rain finally got the better of Daytona International Speedway—and that was perfectly all right with reigning NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series champion Zane Smith. NASCAR called Friday night’s NextEra En more >>
NASCAR Unveils Garage 56 Car and Livery to Compete at 24 Hours of Le Mans
17.02.2023
The NASCAR Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has been adapted for endurance racingNASCAR officially unveiled the Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and livery it plans to race as the Garage 56 entry in the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans. more >>
McLaren Applied announces NASCAR trackside services partnership with North America’s largest motorsport distributor, SRI Performance
16.02.2023
  •    Collaboration with SRI ensures McLaren Applied presence at all 37 NASCAR Cup races as well as over 50 other Xfinity and Truck Series events •    SRI Performance, one of North America’s largest motorsport distributors, has provided parts and services to the racing industry for over 25 years  more >>
TPC Racing Returns to Porsche Sprint Challenge North America in 2023 with Four Entries Across Three Classes
14.02.2023
- Reigning Masters Class Porsche Sprint Challenge Champions David Williams and Michael Levitas Return for Full Season Campaigns in the Porsche GT3 992 and 991 Categories- Shaun McKaigue Back with TPC Racing for the Majority of the Porsche Sprint Challenge 991 Champ more >>
i20 R5 drivers take class podiums in first US events with the car
13.02.2023
Two i20 R5 drivers scored class podiums at the Sno*Drift Rally (February 10-11) in the USA. The opening round of the national American Rally Association series, the Michigan-based competition marked the debut in the car for Patrick Gruszka and the second run more >>
Honda Motor Co-founder Takeo Fujisawa to be Inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame
10.02.2023
Fujisawa will join Honda founder Soichiro Honda in the Automotive Hall of FameTakeo Fujisawa, co-founder of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame at its awards ceremony at The Fillmore Detroit on July 20.  Fujisawa will join Honda founder Soichiro Honda, who was inducted in 1989 as the first Japanese automoti more >>
Reuss and Doonan Bring Presidential Horsepower to Sold-Out 35th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony
08.02.2023
...Presented by Toyota Racing- General Motors President Mark Reuss to Induct 2023 MSHFA Sports Cars Inductee Zora Arkus-Duntov-IMSA President John Doonan Serves as Honorary Chairperson of MSHFA Class of 2023 Induction C more >>
The Ligier JS P3s and Ligier JS P4s about to tacke a new championship in the United States
08.02.2023
    Mid-January, Parella Motorsports Holdings (PMH) have announced the launch of the Prototype Sprint Series Association, a completely new competition dedicated to sports prototypes in which the Ligier JS P3s and Ligier JS P4s are eligible to more >>
HSR Historic Stock Car Invitational Celebrates NASCAR 75 at the Darlington Raceway Official Throwback Weekend May 12 - 14
07.02.2023
NASCAR marks its 75th Anniversary in 2023 and Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) is helping one of the sport's most legendary tracks join the celebration this May with the HSR Historic Stock Car Invitational that will be part of the Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR at Darlington Raceway, May 12 - 14. more >>
NASCAR Announces Garage 56 Driver Lineup for Historic Entry at Le Mans
28.01.2023
Three-driver lineup features top stock car, sports car and open wheel racers worldwideNASCAR today announced a prestigious driver lineup to pilot its Garage 56 entry in the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 100th anniversary of the legendary race.Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, former 24 Hours of Le Man more >>
Sunday Group Management Acquires Layer Cake Media
25.01.2023
Erin Cechal Joins Sunday Group ManagementSunday Group Management is pleased to announce that Erin Cechal has joined the company ahead of the 2023 season as Account Manager for the firm. more >>
BMW of North America Customer Racing Programs Go from Strength to Strength in 2023
24.01.2023
    All-New BMW M4 GT4 makes its U.S. debut at Daytona.    Robby Foley added to BMW Driver LineupThe 2023 IMSA season begins on Friday, January 27th with the four-hour BMW M Endu more >>
Jay Leno explores the history of Trans-Am racing with FOX Nascar announcer Mike Joy on latest episode of "Jay Leno's Garage"
24.01.2023
Mike Joy & Trans-Am Racer Ken Epsman Walk Jay Through Three Classic Race Cars  VIDEO HERE  more >>

Kategorien

2001-2023 automobilsport.com full copyright