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USCC Point Standings
2014 After Road America
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Joao Barbosa 285
1 Christian Fittipaldi 285
2 Jordan Taylor 269
2 Ricky Taylor 269
3 Michael Valiante 267
3 Richard Westbrook 267
4 Gustavo Yacaman 253
5 Scott Pruett 250
6 Ed Brown 233
6 Johannes van Overbeek 233
7 Ryan Dalziel 228
7 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 228
7 John Pew 228
7 Scott Sharp 228
8 Memo Rojas 218
9 Joel Miller 198
10 Olivier Pla 172
11 Tristan Nunez 164
12 Sylvain Tremblay 133
13 Brian Frisselle
14 Eric Curran 124
15 Boris Said 117
16 Alex Brundle 113
17 Tom Long 18
18 Sage Karam 104
19 Katherine Legge 102
120 Max Angelelli 85
21 Brian Frisselle 84
22 Andy Meyrick 82
23 Sebastien Bourdais 67
24 Marino Franchitti 60
25 Tristan Vautier 19 58
26 HoPin Tung 57
27 Jon Fogarty 1 54
28 Gabby Chaves 16 53
29 Simon Pagenaud 52
30 Mike Rockenfeller 51
31 David Brabham 50
31 Scott Dixon 50
31 Tony Kanaan 50
32 Guy Cosmo 46
32 Klaus Graf 46
32 Anthony Lazzaro 46
32 Lucas Luhr 46
33 Justin Wilson 43
34 Byron DeFoor 41
34 David Hinton 41
34 Jim Pace 41
35 Wayne Taylor 33
36 Fabien Giroix 31
36 John Martin 31
37 Alex Popow 30
38 Roman Rusinov 26
38 Oliver Webb 26
39 Kyle Larson 24
40 Frank Beck 23
41 Ben Devlin 22
41 Max Papis 22
41 Bradley Smith 22
42 Jamie McMurray 21
43 AJ Allmendinger 20
44 James Hinchcliffe 19
44 Jann Mardenborough 19
45 Alexander Rossi 16
45 Sebastian Saavedra 16
46 Brendon Hartley 15
46 E.J. Viso 15
47 Memo Gidley 14
47 Alex Gurney 14
48 Scott Mayer 1 3
49 Pierre Kaffer 1
49 Darren Law 1
Franchitti brings Ganassi car home to victory

In 12 Hours of Sebring
Sunday, March 16, 2014

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From left, Franchitti, Rojas and Pruett
Marino Franchitti, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas combined to win the 62nd Annual Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday night at Sebring International Raceway, emerging from an electrifying, Prototype class shootout to give Chip Ganassi Racing its first win in America's oldest endurance sports car race.

In addition, the victory made CGR -- which was making its Sebring debut -- the first organization to win the Twelve Hours of Sebring, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.

America’s oldest sports car race made history in many different ways on Saturday in the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup event at Sebring International Raceway.

The 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida marked the first victory for the brand-new Ford EcoBoost turbocharged engine. It was the first overall Sebring victory and the record 57th in North American endurance sports car competition for Scott Pruett, coming 28 years after a GTO class victory in the 1986 Twelve Hours.

Co-drivers Pruett, Memo Rojas and Marino Franchitti also made Chip Ganassi Racing – in its first Twelve Hours of Sebring appearance – the first team to win Sebring, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.

“It’s incredible,” Pruett said. “After all those victories you hope to get, this was still one on my bucket list. I’ve won here in class but never won overall. It’s even more exciting to win it overall, and to win it for Ford both times. I can’t say enough about the Ganassi group. We all worked together as a team and kept digging.”

A race that featured 30 lead changes –one shy of the event record – among 11 different cars came down to the final pit-stop sequence in the final hour. When Ryan Dalziel brought the No. 1 Tequila Patron HPD ARX-03b/Honda onto pit road for its final service with just less than 40 minutes remaining, Marino Franchitti steered the No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost/Riley DP to the front of the field, having completed its final service with just more than 50 minutes to go.

The race’s 11th and final full-course caution set up a final, 20-minute shootout between Franchitti and Dalziel. Franchitti managed to hold off his hard-charging fellow Scotsman to secure the victory by 4.682 seconds in the closest “contested” finish in race history, topping the 2005 event. (An “orchestrated” team finish had a 0.482-second margin of victory in 2001.)

“It wasn’t too bad on the final restart,” Franchitti said. “I had a break with a couple of GT cars that helped me get a break on the first lap. To rebound from Daytona like this, and to bring Chip the victory in his first Sebring Twelve Hours, and to follow cars like the GT40 for Ford, is an … exciting day.”

The Rolex 24 At Daytona-winning trio of Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais completed the podium with a third-place run in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP.

Chip Ganassi Racing also celebrated a victory in the second round of the four-race Tequila Patr¢n North American Endurance Cup. No. 02 Ford EcoBoost/Riley DP teammates Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and Sage Karam earned the most points from Sebring’s three segments toward the $100,000 prize for the top-performing team in endurance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen International on June 29 and the Road Atlanta season finale on Oct. 4.

The winning Ganassi Ford
The Twelve Hours was the second race of the inaugural season for the International Motor Sports Association's new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, a result of the merger of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and the American Le Mans Series. Ganassi's cars previously competed in the Rolex Series, which did not race at Sebring. Pruett and Rojas were the most dominant team in Rolex Series history; Franchitti was an ALMS star in that series' P2 prototypes.

"It was incredible," said Franchitti. "We couldn't believe we were in position to win. I've won here in the [old ALMS] P2 class but to win overall here … it's certainly the biggest day in my career."

Action Express Racing followed up a victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona with a third-place result in the 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on Saturday. The No. 5 Corvette Daytona Prototype of Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastian Bourdais finished less than 10 seconds behind the winning car.

The second round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship saw both the Action Express entries – including the No. 9 of Burt Frisselle, Brian Frisselle and Jon Fogarty – and the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP of Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli lead during the race.

Bourdais, who drove the final stint in the No. 5 Corvette DP, went around the Oak Racing Morgan entry for third shortly after the race’s final restart with 20 minutes remaining.

"Our Corvette DP teams put on a strong show in their first race at the Sebring 12 Hours," said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Program Manager for Corvette Daytona Prototypes. "Three of our five Corvette DPs finished in the top-10, and Action Express Racing continued its stellar start to the season. Chevrolet still leads the Prototype Engine Manufacturer's championship after two tough races. Next up is another new challenge for the Corvette DPs – the streets of Long Beach."

The next round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship takes place on the Long Beach (Calif.) street circuit from April 11-12.

JOAO BARBOSA, NO. 5 ACTION EXPRESS RACING CORVETTE DP
"Third place in Sebring is always a great achievement. We are leading the championship right now, which is a plus. It was a really tough race. Very competitive. A finish on the podium is always a great result here at Sebring."

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, NO. 5 ACTION EXPRESS RACING CORVETTE DP
"It was tough, but we managed the car very well. That was fun. Hats off to the Ganassi guys. They were in the right place at the right time. That made all the difference in the world. I want to thank Chevy. Our car ran flawless from the beginning to the end. We definitely had a shot at winning. Unfortunately it didn't happen. But we scored some points, so we will turn the page and go on to Long Beach."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, NO. 5 ACTION EXPRESS RACING CORVETTE DP
"It was a tough race, but we gave it our best. We started from the front and stayed there for awhile.  It looked like we had the pace and everything we needed to win the race. As things got a little more complicated, we lost the lead as everybody started to show their hand. At the end we just didn't have anything for these guys. I gave it my best the whole race, and we set some pretty fast laps. But at the end of the race, they just turned it up and I told them 'That's all I got'. On top of the fact that it was very much a game of track position because you couldn't pass anyone. It was closely matched. The No. 1 was in front of us, and the No. 01 cycled to the front and left the GTs in between us. By the time we crossed the start/finish line, the gap was six seconds... game over. It is a little disappointing because I was really hoping we could win. I've finished second here overall twice before. It is one of these deals where it didn't work out. But that is all I had. No regrets. That is all we had. That is the way it is."

JORDAN TAYLOR, NO. 10 WAYNE TAYLOR RACING CORVETTE DP
"That was the toughest race I think we’ve ever had and to come out with seventh place probably doesn’t do justice to all the hard work everybody put into it. But it was just a matter of not being able to bounce back all the way from the few issues we had today – the early penalty, my having to go off with cars spinning and colliding in front of me in the middle of the race, and Ricky getting his windscreen oiled up and going off, which necessitated another pit stop toward the end of the race. All in all, I think we might have had a solid podium car, at best, despite all the things we had to deal with. But we brought it home in one piece both at Daytona and here at Sebring, and we’re still sitting second in the points, so we’ll head to the early sprint race part of the schedule and try to build some serious momentum."

MAX ANGELELLI, NO. 10 WAYNE TAYLOR RACING CORVETE DP
"To win races like this, you have to be good, but you also have to have things go your way. Our car definitely was maybe a fourth-place car. With a little bit of luck maybe a podium finish. If I had to put my finger on one thing in particular, I think we underestimated the heat in the track and what it did to our car from a setup standpoint. That’s my opinion. This is a great race and we would have loved to have had a better result."

RICKY TAYLOR, NO. 10 WAYNE TAYLOR RACING CORVETTE DP
"There seemed to be no passing during that last run. I think it was because the pace was just so high and I think everybody was in the position they belonged in after racing for almost 12 hours. I feel really bad that we had to make an extra pit stop because of the oil (on the windscreen). I don’t know if anybody else had that problem out there. That was frustrating. But when I had a clean windshield, the car was the best it’d been all day at the end, there. Finishing seventh is kind of ho-hum when you look at it. It was a long race. I’m just happy we got through the middle because it was so difficult to keep the car on the track and stay out of trouble."

The winning PC ORECA FLM09 of Colin Braun, Jon Bennett, and James Gue
Four classes competed in the Twelve Hours. The other three class champions:

  • In the Prototype Challenge class, Colin Braun, James Gue and Jon Bennett in No. 54 CORE Autosport entry.
  • In GT Le Mans, the No. 912 Porsche 911 of Patrick Long, Michael Christensen and Jorg Bergmeister.
  • In GT Daytona, the No. 44 Porsche 911 of Andy Lally, John Potter and Marco Seefried.

Results

Pos No. Class Drivers Laps Total Tm Make
1 01 P Pruett/Rojas/Franchitti 291 12:00:09.985 Ford Riley DP
2 1 P Sharp/Dalziel/Brabham 291 12:00:14.667 HPD ARX-03b
3 5 P Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais 291 12:00:18.950 Corvette DP
4 42 P Pla/Brundle/Yacaman 291 12:00:21.979 Nissan Morgan
5 2 P Brown/van Overbeek/Pagenaud 291 12:00:27.012 HPD ARX-03b
6 02 P Dixon/Kanaan/Karam 291 12:00:27.822 Ford Riley DP
7 10 P Angelelli/R.Taylor/J.Taylor 291 12:00:44.214 Corvette DP
8 9 P Br.Frisselle/Bu.Frisselle/ Fogarty 291 12:00:49.544 Corvette DP
9 60 P Pew/Negri/Wilson 291 12:00:50.553 Ford Riley DP
10 54 PC Bennett/Braun/Gue 288 12:01:04.058 ORECA FLM09
11 09 PC Ende/Junqueira/Hansson 288 12:01:06.486 ORECA FLM09
12 912 GTLM Long/Christensen/Bergmeister 286 12:01:28.762 Porsche 911 RSR
13 93 GTLM R.Bell/Bomarito/Wittmer 286 12:01:34.058 SRT Viper GTS-R
14 55 GTLM Auberlen/Priaulx/Hand 286 12:01:39.202 BMW Z4 GTE
15 57 GTLM Krohn/Jonsson/Bertolini 286 12:01:43.897 Ferrari F458 Italia
16 17 GTLM Henzler/Sellers/Holzer 285 12:00:33.924 Porsche 911 RSR
17 4 GTLM Gavin/Milner/Liddell 285 12:01:26.243 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
18 91 GTLM D.Farnbacher/Goossens/ Hunter-Reay 284 12:01:46.659 SRT Viper GTS-R
19 3 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe 283 12:01:45.366 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
20 911 GTLM Tandy/Lietz/Pilet 282 12:02:11.605 Porsche 911 RSR
21 8 PC Cheng/van der Zande/Bird/ Fuentes 281 12:01:47.677 ORECA FLM09
22 85 PC Miller/Kraut/Simpson 280 12:01:51.653 ORECA FLM09
23 44 GTD Potter/Lally/Seefried 278 12:00:14.463 Porsche 911 GT America
24 555 GTD Sweedler/T.Bell/Mediani/Segal 278 12:00:16.327 Ferrari 458 Italia
25 23 GTD James/M.Farnbacher/Riberas 278 12:00:16.753 Porsche 911 GT America
26 22 GTD MacNeil/Keen/Frommenwiler 278 12:00:21.238 Porsche 911 GT America
27 35 GTD Neiman/von Moltke/ Albuquerque 278 12:00:21.922 Audi R8 LMS
28 46 GTD Mies/Putman/Espenlaub 278 12:00:31.943 Audi R8 LMS
29 90 P Westbrook/Valiante/ Rockenfeller 278 12:01:07.325 Corvette DP
30 70 P Tremblay/Long/Devlin 278 12:01:20.228 Mazda SKYACTIV-D
31 56 GTLM Mueller/Edwards/Werner 277 12:00:34.155 BMW Z4 GTE
32 94 GTD Cameron/Dalla Lana/Palttala/ Lewis 277 12:00:45.733 BMW Z4
33 45 GTD Canache/Pumpelly/Latif/ Winkelhock 276 12:00:52.307 Audi R8 LMS
34 13 GTD M.Plumb/Snow/Heylen/H.Plumb 273 12:01:34.211 Porsche 911 GT America
35 81 GTD Faulkner/Faieta/ Avenatti 272 12:00:36.387 Porsche 911 GT America
36 32 GTD Sofronas/Welch/Basseng 271 12:01:21.735 Audi R8 LMS
37 25 PC Kimber-Smith/Marsal/Lux/ Rayhall 271 12:01:24.690 ORECA FLM09
38 48 GTD Miller/Haase/M.Bell 270 12:00:26.713 Audi R8 LMS
39 51 GTD Griffin/Cioci/Rugolo/Gerber 270 12:01:10.447 Ferrari 458 Italia
40 49 GTD Roda/Ruberti/Venturi 263 12:01:42.155 Ferrari 458 Italia
41 31 P Curran/Said/Cosmo 249 11:06:18.416 Corvette DP
42 27 GTD Dempsey/Davis/Foster/ Siedler 244 12:00:47.831 Porsche 911 GT America
43 009 GTD Davis/Riddle/Wilson 242 12:00:37.474 Aston Martin V12 Vantag
44 73 GTD Lindsey/Estre/Norman/Vess 235 12:00:24.416 Porsche 911 GT America
45 63 GTD Case/Marcelli/Balzan/Westphal 234 11:56:19.122 Ferrari 458 Italia
46 88 PC Bielefeld/C.Ducote/Plowman/ Drissi 228 12:01:43.189 ORECA FLM09
47 007 GTD Block/Carter/Davison 215 12:00:29.351 Aston Martin V12 Vantag
48 6 P Graf/Luhr/Mardenborough 204 9:21:46.635 Nissan ORECA
49 50 P Pace/DeFoor/Hinton 200 8:55:47.668 Dinan Riley DP
50 0 P Meyrick/Legge/Chaves 185 10:57:41.061 DeltaWing DWC13
51 19 GTD Bamber/Gimple/Melgrati 154 12:01:26.275 Porsche 911 GT America
52 08 PC Cumming/Tagliani/Mitchell 125 5:47:25.853 ORECA FLM09
53 28 GTD Engelhart/Ineichen/Konrad 113 7:08:52.306 Porsche 911 GT America
54 87 PC Kearby/Hamilton/Kasemets 112 5:47:09.639 ORECA FLM09
55 07 P Miller/Nunez/Vautier 104 5:06:53.424 Mazda SKYACTIV-D
56 52 PC Guasch/Montecalvo/Jeannette 89 4:03:29.327 ORECA FLM09
57 38 PC Ostella/Shears/Matos 88 4:03:27.952 ORECA FLM09
58 62 GTLM Bruni/Malucelli/Fisichella 62 2:52:32.984 Ferrari F458 Italia
59 30 GTD Cisneros/Nielsen/Giermaziak 61 2:52:55.968 Porsche 911 GT America
60 71 GTD Lindsey/Norman/Vess/Estre 34 1:42:35.645 Porsche 911 GT America
61 78 P Mayer/Kaffer/Saavedra/ Popow 26 1:26:38.167 Honda Riley DP
62 33 GTD J.Bleekemolen/S.Bleekemolen/ Keating 13 32:32.283 SRT Viper GT3-R
63 18 GTD Bamber/Verdonck 0 - Porsche 911 GT America

Time of Race: 12 hours, 9.985 seconds
Margin of Victory: 4.682 seconds

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