For many casual fans of sports car racing, it’s all about the Prototypes – sleek, built-from-the-ground-up racers that are, consequently, the fastest cars on the track. And there will be plenty of Prototypes in Saturday’s 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
But veteran fans know that the closest racing often comes in the GT classes, which are cars that look very much like the cars some may drive to the races – assuming your daily driver is, perhaps, a Lamborghini Huracán, a Chevrolet Corvette or a Ferrari 488.
In an industry as fast-paced as motorsports, one might think its participants would take as many steps away from as many racing activities as possible to prepare for their next event. Time and time again, however, that proves to not be the case.
So what did we learn about the all-new Prototype field at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in January?
In brief, that they are good looking, with a purposeful, means-business profile. But they’re also fast. The premier class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was won by the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi V.R, which clocked its fastest lap at 1 minute, 36.394 seconds, which is more than a 132-mph average on the 3.56-mile road course. More impressive still, that wasn’t even the fastest Prototype lap turned during the race.
Robby Benton, team principal of GT Daytona (GTD) class competitor Change Racing, had a little spare time between the Rolex 24 and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, so he and his crew decided to do a little additional racing in addition to entering the No. 16 Lamborghini Huracán in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver Kyle Masson isn’t just making his mark on the racing world, but outside of it too.
Masson’s love of racing, computers, and video games inspired him to give back to his local community in a big way. In mid-November, the University of Central Florida freshman created a GoFundMe campaign aimed at raising funds to donate two racing simulators to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.
Michelin has enjoyed great success in competition at Road Atlanta and beginning in 2017, Michelin will be the Official Tire of Road Atlanta and the Official Tire of Motul Petit Le Mans, as announced by track officials today.
The 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida on Saturday, March 18 will feature a strong, 46-car entry list for the second round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as well as the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
The race will be streamed live in its entirety in the United States on the FOX Sports GO app with FS1 authentication beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET. Live FS1 television coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET and continues for 9 1/2 consecutive hours, through the checkered flag and post-race interviews.