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Mar232017

BAR1 Motorsports Finishes 3rd & 4th in Class at Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring

Completing one revolution of the clock is no easy task on the legendary Sebring International Raceway. Known as one of the most challenging events in sports car racing, BAR1 motorsports completed the 65th running of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida  endurance race, bringing two cars to the checkered flag in third and fourth respectively.

Piloting the No. 20 Gas Monkey Energy Drink / Southwest Funding prototype was Buddy Rice, Don Yount, Mark Kvamme and Daniel Burkett. In the No. 26 Southwest Realty Advisors / Merchant Services Prototype, it was Gustavo Yacaman, Marc Drumwright, Chapman Ducote and Colin Thompson. Yacaman turned in the fastest time of the weekend in the fourth round of practice. He was quickest again in qualifying, putting the 26 car on the pole.

But, Sebring does not play favorites. Being the fastest doesn’t always get rewarded. The 3.74 mile track is tough on both car and driver alike. The 12 hours of Sebring requires speed, reliability and most of all, patience. An impatient driver will most surely pay a penalty.

By the half way point in the race, after suffering contact with an overaggressive GTLM car, the No. 20 team found themselves behind the wall. After several trips in and out of the pits, the car managed to continue and complete the race, but the balance was just never there.

The No. 26, on the other hand, experienced a good clean race. The team ran consistent and brought the car home on the podium.

“Sebring always plays out as an emotional roller coaster,” said team owner, Brian Alder. “You work hard, you put out your best and you play the cards you’re dealt. If you begin to get the feeling you’ve got things under control, you’re probably about to become the biggest fool on pit lane. If  you take the checkers and make your way to the podium, only then can you relax… of course, that’s assuming you get through tech. But seriously, every cliche` you’ve ever heard about racing and getting to victory lane, all hold true for Sebring. It’s why you keep trying.”

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