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Acura Automobiles: Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Race Report

Circuit:       Sebring International Raceway (3.74 mile highway course), Sebring, Fla.
Weather:    Sunny, warm, 82 degrees F

Top 10 Race Results:








1. LMP1

Marcel Fassler/Oliver Jarvis/Benoit Treluyer

Audi Sport Team Joest

Audi R18 e-tron quattro

364 laps


2. LMP1

Lucas di Grassi/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish

Audi Team Team Joest

Audi R18 e-tron quattro

-7.679 seconds


3. LMP1

Nick Heidfeld/Neel Jani/Nicholas Prost

Rebellion Racing

Lola B12/60 Toyota

359 laps


4. LMP1

Klaus Graf/Lucas Luhr/Romain  Dumas

Muscle Milk Pickett Racing

HPD ARX-03c Honda

358 laps


5. LMP1

Mathias Beche/Andrea Belicchi/ Congfu “Frankie” Cheng

Rebellion Racing

Lola B12/60 Toyota

354 laps


1. LMP2

Ryan Briscoe/Marino Franchitti/Scott Tucker

Level 5 Motorsports

HPD ARX-03b Honda

346 laps


2. LMP2

Ryan Hunter-Reay/Simon Pagenaud/Scott Tucker

Level 5 Motorsports

HPD ARX-03b Honda

345 laps


3 LMP2

Tom Kimber-Smith/Eric Lux/Christian Zugel

Greaves Motorsports

Zytek Z11SN Nissan

342 laps



David Cheng/Mike Guasch/David

PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports

Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet

 336 laps



Chris Cumming/Stefan Johansson/ Kyle Marcelli

BAR1 Motorsports

Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet

 -15.798 seconds

Other Honda-powered Results:


HPD Opens 2013 with LMP2 Victory during Sebring

Honda Performance Development and a partner teams began their invulnerability of mixed American Le Mans Series championships Saturday during a 12 Hours of Sebring, scoring a autocratic 1-2 finish in a LMP2 difficulty for Level 5 Motorsports, a fight-from-behind bid from Muscle Milk Pickett Racing in LMP1 and a earnest entrance in LMP2 from Extreme Speed Motorsports.

The Level 5 contingent of Ryan Briscoe, Marino Franchitti and Scott Tucker brought their HPD ARX-03b Honda home initial in LMP2, and sixth overall, after besting hurdles from their possess teammates, in an HPD ARX-03b co-driven by IndyCar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud and Tucker (who gathering both Level 5 entries); a Zytek Nissan of Greaves Motorsport; and an HPD ARX-03b, fielded by difficulty visitor Extreme Speed Motorsports.

After 12 hours of racing around a ancestral Sebring airfield circuit, a Briscoe/Franchitti/Tucker HPD took a checkers one path forward of teammates Hunter-Reay/Pagenaud/Tucker, with a Greaves entrance of Tom Kimber-Smith, Eric Lux and Christian Zugel another 3 laps serve back, in third. 

In LMP1, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing drivers Klaus Graf, Lucas Luhr and Romain Dumas had to quarrel behind after a array of setbacks, including a mislaid front circle after an early-race array stop, and dual penalties for “avoidable contact”, to finish fourth overall. 

Although a factory-entered Audi coupes were alone during a front of a field, a Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c battled a Lola Toyotas of approaching season-long rivals Rebellion Racing via a 12 hours, throwing and flitting one of a Rebellion entries for a final time as a foe entered a ninth hour, and finale adult reduction than one path brief of throwing a lead Rebellion automobile for a final step on a podium.

Extreme Speed Motorsports has done a switch from a GT difficulty to LMP2 for 2013, and quickly led a difficulty in a HPD ARX-03b of David Brabham, Guy Cosmo and Scott Sharp.  However, a damaged submit missile only after a six-hour symbol sent a ESM automobile behind a wall for scarcely dual hours for repairs.  The contingent returned for a final 4 and a half hours to finishe fifth in LMP2, behind fourth-place LMP2 teammates Ed Brown/Anthony Lazzaro/Johannes outpost Overbeek is a second ESM entry.

Today’s 61st using of a 12 Hours of Sebring non-stop a 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron season.  Honda Performance Development and a partner teams will lapse to urge their 2012 LMP1 and LMP2 titles during a Apr 20 Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Marino Franchitti (driver, #551 Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03b) 1st in LMP2 with co-drivers Ryan Briscoe and Scott Tucker:  “This has been a outrageous week for us.  My heavenly mother Holly presented us with baby Luca final weekend, and now my initial Sebring victory.  Both cars were fantastic, and hats off to Scott [Tucker], a whole Level 5 team, HPD and Honda for a implausible bid it took today.  I’ve finished second here 3 times, and to finally get a win is delightful!”

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on Saturday’s season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring:  “It was a successful start to a invulnerability of a 2012 LMP1 and LMP2 framework and engine manufacturers’ championships.  It is good to see a improvements that have been done to a engines and framework during a off-season come to life on a foe track.  Congratulations to Scott Tucker and a whole Level 5 classification for a really considerable 1-2 finish here tonight as they find a repeat of a group and drivers’ titles.  Greg Pickett and his Muscle Milk group have a never-say-die attitude, that is what won a LMP1 championship for them final year.  There is some-more foe in LMP1 this deteriorate with Rebellion Racing, though a Muscle Milk Pickett group is adult to a challenge.  Finally, it was a many considerable entrance for Scott Sharp and his Extreme Speed Motorsports team, heading a 12 Hours of Sebring in their initial try in LMP2.  We design to see some-more good things from them as a deteriorate continues.”


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