A Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype led the race for 11 of the event's 12 hours. Each of the three Cadillacs led the race with the final stages renewing the battle between the No.10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R and the No.5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R from Daytona. In the end it was the Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor and Alex Lynn driven Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R that took the checkered flag at 10:40 p.m. this evening and the win.
"A 1-2-3 for Cadillac is unbelievable," Ricky Taylor said. "To say that a brand-new car out of the box has run 36-hours of racing absolutely flawless, I don't think that has ever happened. It is a testament to Cadillac and all of the development partners it says so much about the brand and serious effort they have brought to sports car racing. The Cadillac is the toughest cars to beat. The Mustang Sampling and Whelen cars are fast. I am sure they are going to bring it at Long Beach."
The No.5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque were second.
"Another strong run by the Mustang Sampling team," Fittipaldi said. "The team put in a lot prep time and lot of work all week. The Cadillac ran flawlessly the whole race. No mechanical problems in the 24 or the 12 hour here today. I thinks that sets the tone for the rest of the season. Unfortunately we got beat. Hats off to the No. 10 Cadillac. They did a good job from the afternoon to the end of the race. After the first four hours they just seemed to get stronger and stronger. We will celebrate, turn the page and move onto Long Beach."
The No.31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R piloted by Dane Cameron, Eric Curran and Mike Conway completed the all Cadillac podium in third.
"It is nice to Cadillac 1-2-3 here at Sebring," Curran said. "Obviously the Cadillac has shown good pace and great reliability early in the season. I got tangled up with the 22 car at the beginning and unfortunately lost a bunch of laps. We fought back and got within a couple of laps at the end and get up on the podium. Our luck is going to get better on the Whelen side. We are looking to be really strong at Long Beach."
At the start the of the once around the clock classic the No.31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R took the lead just an hour into the race, followed closely by the No.5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R and the No.10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R in third.
Three-hours-and-thirty-minutes into the race, the No.31 Whelen Cadillac DPi-V.R had contact with the No.22 ESM Prototype. Eric Curran was at the wheel when he exited Turn 17 and tucked under the No.22 to pass on the inside when the No.22 driver turned in to go onto pit lane. Curran hit the No.22 and was stalled in the middle of the track. He had to be towed to the paddock where the team quickly fired the Cadillac DPi-V.R 6.2L engine and he rejoined the race, three laps down. The team then received a stop-and-go-penalty for working on the car in pit lane when the pits were closed.
For the next 11 hours the No.5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R was swapping the lead with the No.10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R as the teams cycled through pit stops.
At the 8:20 mark, the Mustang Sampling Cadillac and the Konica Minolta Cadillac pitted at the same time under yellow. The Konica Minolta team passed for the lead as they needed less fuel.
As the race went green 10-minutes later the No.31 Whelen Engineering car passed for third, making it a Cadillac 1-2-3 at the finish of 12-hours of racing.
The IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship next heads west to the streets of Long Beach for the Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach April 7-8.
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