Scott Dixon’s Ganassi Quickest in First TUSC Sebring 12 Hours Practice
SEBRING, Fla.—IndyCar champion Scott Dixon beat the the sports car regulars in the first practice session for the Tudor United Sportscar Championship Mobil 1 Sebring 12 Hours Thursday morning.
Dixon, in the #01 Ganassi-Telcel Riley Ford, lapped Sebring’s 3.74-mile, 17-turn track in 1:52.357 to lead the prototype field, half a second quicker than Alex Brundle in the #42 Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan and a full second faster than Joao Barbosa in the #5 Action Express Coyote-Corvette.
Matteo Matucelli was quickest in GTLM in the #62 Risi Ferrari. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)
Matteo Malucelli proved that he has recovered from his wreck at Daytona by topping the GT Le Mans field with a lap at 1:59.394 in the #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458. Mslucelli was the only driver in the GTLM field to break two minutes in the first session.
Second in GTLM was Tom Milner in the #4 Corvette Racing C7.R, .633 seconds back, followed by Antonio Garcia in the second Corvette a further 0.084 back.
The TUSC cars will be back on track for an afternoon session at 4:05 p.m. and again for night practice from 8–9:30 p.m. TUSC will practice again Friday morning and qualifies Friday afternoon. The 62nd Mobil 1 Sebring 12 Hours starts at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, March 15.
Alex Brundle in the #42 Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan and a full second faster than Joao Barbosa in the #5 Action Express Coyote-Corvette.was second in the Prototype class. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)
Joao Barbosa in the #5 Action Express Coyote-Corvette was third in class. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)
The Corvettes were second and third in GTLM, with Tom Milner in the #4 six-tenths behind Malucelli. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)
Antonio Garcia in the #3 was only eight-hundredths slower than his teammate. (Chris Jasurek/Epoch Times)