2019 12 Hours of Sebring Qualifying Report
2019 12 Hours of Sebring Qualifying Report
The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R will start the 67th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Saturday from the outside of the third row after IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying Friday at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway.



Date: March 15, 2019
Event: 67th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (Round 2 of 10)
Series: Daytona Prototype international division of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Location: Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway (3.74-mile, 17-turn road course)
Pole Winner: Dane Cameron of Acura Team Penske (1:45.865 at 125.837 mph)
Result: 6th by Jordan Taylor (1:46.530 at 125.051 mph)

The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R will start the 67th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Saturday from the outside of the third row after IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying Friday at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway.

Jordan Taylor, sharing the cockpit this weekend with full-time co-driver Renger van der Zande, along with new third co-driver Matthieu Vaxivière, clocked a fast lap of 1 minute, 46.530 seconds at 125.051 mph around the 3.74-mile, 17-turn road circuit. It was good for sixth among the 38 car-and-driver combinations that will take the green flag Saturday for the annual 12-hour endurance marathon.

“I think everything was OK – we knew we weren’t going to get the pole so we’ve been working on our racecar all weekend and I think it was probably the most comfortable it’s been all weekend during the qualifying session,” said Taylor, who won this event two years ago with then full-time co-driver Ricky Taylor, his older brother who’s since departed for Team Penske, along with Alex Lynn of Great Britain, and finished runner-up last year with van der Zande and IndyCar regular Ryan Hunter-Reay. “It’s not the fastest but you don’t need to be the fastest car to win these kinds of races. We worked on the car enough in night practice to know it’ll be good at the end of the race, and that’s when the race is won or lost, so we’re feeling pretty confident.”

Taylor, van der Zande and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team are looking for their third consecutive win at a major, North American endurance race after closing the 2018 season with a victory at the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, then opening this season with their second win in the last three Rolex 24 at Daytona events, the latter with Formula One veteran Fernando Alonso and former Formula One and current FIA World Endurance Championship regular Kamui Kobayashi as co-drivers.

The top-five qualifiers for Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring are:

1. Acura Team Penske (No. 6 Acura DPi) Dane Cameron, Juan Montoya, Simon Pagenaud (1:45.865 at 125.837 mph)

2. Mazda Team Joest (No. 77 Mazda DPi) Tristan Nunez, Oliver Jarvis, Timo Berhnard, Rene Rast (1:46.011 at 125.663 mph)

3. Acura Team Penske (No. 7 Acura DPi) Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor, Alexander Rossi (1:46.011 at 125.663 mph)

4. Action Express Racing (No. 5 Cadillac DPi-V.R) Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa, Brendan Hartley (1:46.238 at 125.395 mph)

5. Action Express Racing (No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R) Pipo Derani Felipe Nasr, Eric Curran, (1:34.433 at 135.708 mph)

The green flag flies at 10:40 a.m. EDT Saturday for the 12-hour endurance marathon, with live television coverage beginning at 10:30 a.m. on CNBC, then moving to the NBC Sports app at 1 p.m., and concluding on NBCSN from 3 to 11 p.m.