Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts
2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance®/JDC-Miller MotorSports/ORECA/Gibson
March 15 – 17, 2018
Racetrack: Sebring International Raceway
3.74-mile Road Course, features 17 turns
Date: Saturday, March 17th from 10:40 am ET green flag – 10:40 pm ET Checker.
TV: Saturday, March 17th at 10:30 am ET on FOX
Live updates are available throughout the weekend on social media and www.gainscoracing.com
Team: JDC Miller-MotorSports. Drivers: Stephen Simpson, Misha Goikhberg and Chris Miller
Four for Four: Red Dragon™ driver Chris Miller is four for four at Sebring! He’s finished fourth every time he has raced there. Stephen and Misha have finished fourth in their three attempts. In 2017, while racing the “Banana Boat” for JDC, their inaugural attempt in the “P” class, the trio started seventh and raced to fourth.
So Far in 2018: The Red Dragon returned to IMSA action for the first time in three years at the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona and finished seventh. The team participated at the series test at Sebring in February. While time and scoring were not available, driver Misha Goikhberg was pleased with the results and effort: “The test at Sebring went very well. We learned a lot about the new tire, and we did both short and long runs. I feel confident going into the Twelve Hours at Sebring. I think we will be able to improve on our findings from the test…. we will be on pace and in position to deliver a good result.”
Sebring to Milwaukee in 12 Hours: Based on a green race at the pace of the fastest lap at the 2017 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the 2018 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will be approximately 348 laps and 1,201 miles. That’s equivalent to racing from Sebring, Florida, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 12 hours! The GAINSCO crew will execute 13 perfect pit stops with approximately 10 sets of fresh Continental Tires on the agenda.
GAINSCO’s 2nd Home: GAINSCO Auto Insurance has a regional office in Miami, Florida. All 200+ Florida employees have been given tickets and hospitality to the race this weekend!
Stephen Simpson on the characteristics and challenges of the Sebring circuit:
“The Sebring 12 Hours is a challenging race, and it can be hot and humid on race day and the famous (or infamous) bumps around the track make it more physical than most of the other tracks where we race. The Sebring weekend is always an enjoyable one with so many fans that come out and camp, which is entertaining and great to see everyone having such a good time. This will be my fifth time competing with JDC-Miller MotorSports in the 12-hour race and we have finished in 4th position in all of those appearances so I am extra motivated to get our GAINSCO Auto Insurance No.99 Red Dragon on the podium!”
Misha Goikhberg on the Physical Demands of this event: “Sebring is a very raw, unforgiving race that wears everything down and for drivers it’s more taxing than the 24 at Daytona. There is a lot for the driver to manage at any track…from the car and the tires to the physical demands…but the demands are double at Sebring. This is because of the bumpy surfaces and surface changes as well as the hot and humid conditions. Navigating traffic should play a big role in this event. There are a lot entries and a lot of places to pass…it is important to keep the big picture in mind and play it smart when passing cars. That aside, it’s a blast, it’s a terrific challenge and Sebring has one of the coolest and most unique atmospheres around the event thanks to its fans.”
Chris Miller comments on ORECA package at Sebring: “In many ways, Sebring is a more difficult challenge than Daytona because of the track surfaces and heat. However, I think it also suits our No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance/ORECA a bit better. The variety of corners and the unique surface reward a well-balanced and aerodynamically efficient car, which plays more to our strengths. I love the high-speed corners at Sebring that leave zero margin for error. It’s the only race of the four major endurance races that I do not have a podium at, so I am extra motivated to get a good result!”