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 17, 2018
The No. 99 Red Dragon could use a little bit of Irish luck today at Sebring. The team was unable to fire the Dragon at the start of warm-up at 8 am this morning. All hands were on deck with representatives from ORECA, Gibson, Cosworth and JDC-Miller Motorsports diligently trying to diagnose and fix the electrical issue. It took most of the two hours between warm-up and the start of the race to achieve this and it looked as though the Red Dragon may not take the green flag.
During this time, the rest of the competitors were participating in the mandatory reconnaissance lap and pre-race festivities including grid. Because the Red Dragon was unable to participate in the mandatory pre-race activities, the No. 99 was forced to start from the pit lane, at the back of the field and serve a drive through penalty.
The penalties seemed inconsequential after two hours of wondering if the car would even take the green flag. GAINSCO Auto Insurance, the primary sponsor of the No. 99 Red Dragon is hosting their Miami based employees at the track…they roared with elation when the car fired up just 10 minutes before the start of the race.
The Red Dragon took the green flag and quickly started moving through the field, despite the Red Dragon lacking power steering. The timing stand was also lacking telemetry at the start of the race, but it came to life after the first pitstop.
The next four hours ticked off with competitive pace and very little drama, RELIEF! The Red Dragon is currently in the 12th position.
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