Two practice sessions down at Sebring, two fastest laps by Ford EcoBoost turbo-powered DPs. The Ganassi team led the first session, while their Blue Oval stablemates at Michael Shank Racing took control of the second hour-long session as Justin Wilson posted a 1:53.621 in the No. 60 Riley.
“It was good to get in the car!” said Wilson. “The car felt pretty good though the track was getting pretty slick in some places. A couple of places where the track is getting hot from the sun, it’s really slick and in other spots it’s really gripped up. So it was a matter of trying to manage where you could push and where you couldn’t.
“Overall, it was working pretty good – we ended up fairly quick. I got a lot of traffic on my fast lap so we’re sure there’s more in it. We’ve just got to take it one step at a time. There are still things that we want to improve on our car still; I’m sure everyone else is still pushing, too.”
Wayne Taylor Racing’s Max Angelelli (1:53.912) was second in the No. 10 Corvette DP, followed by Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s Klaus Graf (1:54.267). MMPR’s ORECA 03-Nissan P2 car was 0.646sec off of Wilson’s best.
Rafa Matos led the PC class in his No. 38 Performance Tech Racing entry with a 1:58.239. RSR Racing’s Duncan Ende placed the No. 09 second (1:59.145) and Gunnar Jeanette (1:59.192) claimed third in the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports entry.
GTLM’s fastest lap went to Porsche’s Pat Long in the No. 912 RSR. The Californian’s 2:00.289 edged the No. 4 Corvette C7.R driven by Oliver Gavin (2:00.349) and the No. 55 BMW Z4 piloted by Joey Hand (2:00.544).
Jan Heylen topped GTD in the No. 13 Rum Bum / Snow Racing Porsche 911 GT America. The team was the most fearless through Sebring’s bumpy Turn 17, launching over the surface imperfections on the way to recording a 2:04.307. Heylen led Magnus Racing’s Andy Lally (2:04.497), making it a Porsche 1-3, and the No. 33 SRT Viper was third (2:04.733).
A few accidents took place during the warmer and calmer afternoon session. The No. 87 Bar1 PC car was lifted by a forklift onto a flatbed truck, The Nos. 8 and 54 PC cars clashed and continued, and the session-leading Shank Riley-Ford closed the session with a red flag when driver John Pew was spun entering Turn 16.
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