SportsCar Championship Race Report – 12 Hrs of Sebring
March 17, 2019
Team Penske IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Race Report
Track: Sebring International Raceway
Race: 12 Hours of Sebring Date: March 16, 2019
No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi – Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya/Simon Pagenaud
Start: 1st Overall Finish: 9th Class Finish: 9th Status: Running Laps Completed: 339/348
•On Friday morning, Dane Cameron qualified the No. 6 ARX-05 DPi on the pole position for Saturday’s 67th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring, his third career IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole award and his first in the DPi class.
•Rain showers greeted the teams as they arrived at Sebring International Raceway, resulting in the first 40 minutes of the event being run under the yellow flag in an attempt to improve the driving conditions.
•The setup on the No. 6 Acura did not suit the wet conditions as Cameron dropped to the fourth position on the opening lap. To compound the tough start, Cameron had to deal with electrical issues that eventually required him to change the steering wheel during a lap 20 pit stop. He then received a pit road speeding penalty upon entering pit road as his dashboard was not working properly and had to serve a pass-through penalty.
•Upon returning to the track, the No. 6 Acura was struggling on corner exit in the wet conditions. At the two-hour mark of the race, teams began discussing a switch to dry tires as the track condition improved. Unfortunately, the electrical problems continued and forced the team to make additional pit stops to try and repair the issue.
•The long pit stops necessary to try and diagnose the problem resulted in the No. 6 Acura falling nine laps down to the race leaders. Neither Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya or Simon Pagenaud were able to catch any breaks in the form of caution flags that would allow them to make up the lost laps.
•Despite never giving up on the day, the No. 6 team crossed the finish line at the end of the 12-hour event in the ninth position, the spot where they ran for most of the event.
•The No. 6 team is now fifth in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup standings, 10 points behind the leaders. They are seventh in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi standings, 20 points out of the lead.
•The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series now turns its attention toward the sprint portion of the schedule, beginning Saturday, April 13 at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.