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2020 Grand Prix of Sebring

The 2020 Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring was a sports car race sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The race was held at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida on July 18th, 2020. This race was the third round of the 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the second round of the 2020 WeatherTech Sprint Cup.

The race was won by the #31 team of Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr, while the LMP2 class victory was taken by Patrick Kelly and Spencer Pigot, who were awarded the win after the #81 entry was disqualified for failing to meet drive time limits. The GTLM class was won by the #4 entry for Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin, while Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz secured their second consecutive class victory in GTD.[1]

Background

The race was just the second for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship after returning from the pandemic-induced hiatus. The race was added to the schedule in May due to said pandemic, becoming the second race of the season at Sebring alongside the rescheduled 12-hour race.[2] Similarly to the previous round at Daytona, a limited number of fans were announced to be allowed into the track for the event. In late June, Cadillac was announced as the title sponsor of the event.[3] The race marked the beginning of the LMP2 overall championship, as their only previous race (the 24 Hours of Daytona) counted for the Michelin Endurance Cup exclusively. Similarly, the GTD class only scored points towards the WeatherTech Sprint Cup in this race, not the overall GTD championship.[4]

On July 10, 2020, IMSA released the latest technical bulletin regarding Balance of Performance for the race. However, no changes were made to any cars taking part in the event.[5]

Entries

A total of 29 cars took part in the event, up from 26 cars in the previous round, thanks in part to the inclusion of the LMP2 class which was absent from the Daytona race.[6] There were 8 cars in the DPi class, 8 cars in the LMP2 class, 6 cars in the GTLM class, and 10 cars in the GTD class. The DPi field was unchanged in terms of entries from the previous event, although Felipe Nasr returned after missing the previous race due to testing positive for COVID-19. Stephen Simpson also replaced Chris Miller in the #85. Patrick Kelly replaced Simon Trummer in the #52 due to travel restrictions, and Gustavo Menezes was announced to run in the #81, making his first IMSA start since 2018. The two Meyer Shank Racing Acuras were absent from the event due to the round only scoring points towards the WeatherTech Sprint Cup.[7]

Qualifying

Qualifying results

Pole positions in each class are indicated in bold and by double-dagger.

Pos. Class No. Team Driver Time Gap Grid
1 DPi 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Pipo Derani 1:46.733 _ 1double-dagger
2 DPi 6 Acura Team Penske Juan Pablo Montoya 1:46.949 +0.216 2
3 DPi 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac Renger van der Zande 1:47.110 +0.377 3
4 DPi 77 Mazda Motorsports Tristan Nunez 1:47.200 +0.467 4
5 DPi 5 JDC-Mustang Sampling Racing Sébastien Bourdais 1:47.276 +0.543 5
6 DPi 7 Acura Team Penske Hélio Castroneves 1:47.425 +0.692 6
7 DPi 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Stephen Simpson 1:47.824 +1.091 7
8 DPi 55 Mazda Motorsports Jonathan Bomarito 1:47.856 +1.123 8
9 LMP2 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports Patrick Kelly 1:51.526 +4.793 9double-dagger
10 LMP2 81 DragonSpeed USA Henrik Hedman 1:52.085 +5.352 10
11 LMP2 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Cameron Cassels 1:52.681 +5.948 11
12 LMP2 8 Tower Motorsport by Starworks John Farano 1:54.938 +8.205 12
13 LMP2 18 Era Motorsports Dwight Merriman 1:55.012 +8.279 13
14 GTLM 3 Corvette Racing Jordan Taylor 1:55.634 +8.901 14double-dagger
15 GTLM 4 Corvette Racing Oliver Gavin 1:56.015 +9.282 15
16 GTLM 911 Porsche GT Team Frédéric Makowiecki 1:56.079 +9.346 16
17 GTLM 912 Porsche GT Team Laurens Vanthoor 1:56.398 +9.665 17
18 GTLM 24 BMW Team RLL Jesse Krohn 1:56.620 +9.887 18
19 GTLM 25 BMW Team RLL Bruno Spengler 1:56.909 +10.176 19
20 GTD 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Frankie Montecalvo 2:01.190 +14.457 20double-dagger
21 GTD 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Aaron Telitz 2:01.257 +14.524 21
22 GTD 63 Scuderia Corsa Cooper MacNeil 2:02.069 +15.336 22
23 GTD 96 Turner Motorsport Robby Foley 2:02.098 +15.365 23
24 GTD 76 Compass Racing Corey Fergus 2:02.203 +15.470 24
25 GTD 74 Riley Motorsports Gar Robinson 2:02.371 +15.638 25
26 GTD 16 Wright Motorsports Ryan Hardwick 2:02.729 +15.996 26
27 GTD 22 Gradient Racing Till Bechtolsheimer 2:03.227 +16.494 27
28 GTD 30 Team Hardpoint Rob Ferriol 2:04.343 +17.610 28
29 GTD 44 GRT Magnus Racing Team John Potter 2:04.424 +17.691 29
Source:[8]

Results

Class winners are denoted in bold and double-dagger.

Pos Class No. Team Drivers Chassis Laps Time/Retired
Engine
1 DPi 31 United States Whelen Engineering Racing Brazil Felipe Nasr
Brazil Pipo Derani
Cadillac DPi-V.R 83 2:40:36.181double-dagger
Cadillac 5.5L V8
2 DPi 10 United States Konica Minolta Cadillac Netherlands Renger van der Zande
Australia Ryan Briscoe
Cadillac DPi-V.R 83 +36.432
Cadillac 5.5L V8
3 DPi 5 United States JDC-Mustang Sampling Racing Portugal João Barbosa
France Sébastien Bourdais
Cadillac DPi-V.R 83 +56.144
Cadillac 5.5L V8
4 DPi 77 Canada Mazda Motorsports United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
United States Tristan Nunez
Mazda RT24-P 83 +56.632
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0L Turbo I4
5 DPi 55 Canada Mazda Motorsports United States Jonathan Bomarito
United Kingdom Harry Tincknell
Mazda RT24-P 83 +1:27.300
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0L Turbo I4
6 DPi 6 United States Acura Team Penske United States Dane Cameron
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Acura ARX-05 83 +1:29.280
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
7 DPi 7 United States Acura Team Penske Brazil Hélio Castroneves
United States Ricky Taylor
Acura ARX-05 83 +1:30.667
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
8 DPi 85 United States JDC-Miller MotorSports South Africa Stephen Simpson
France Tristan Vautier
Cadillac DPi-V.R 82 +1 Lap
Cadillac 5.5L V8
9 LMP2 52 United States PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports United States Patrick Kelly
United States Spencer Pigot
Oreca 07 81 +2 Lapsdouble-dagger
Gibson GK428 V8
10 LMP2 38 United States Performance Tech Motorsports Canada Cameron Cassels
United States Kyle Masson
Oreca 07 80 +3 Laps
Gibson GK428 V8
11 LMP2 18 United States Era Motorsports United States Dwight Merriman
United Kingdom Kyle Tilley
Oreca 07 80 +3 Laps
Gibson GK428 V8
12 GTLM 4 United States Corvette Racing United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 77 +6 Lapsdouble-dagger
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
13 GTLM 3 United States Corvette Racing Spain Antonio García
United States Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 77 +6 Laps
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
14 GTLM 912 United States Porsche GT Team New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR-19 77 +6 Laps
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
15 GTLM 25 United States BMW Team RLL Canada Bruno Spengler
United States Connor De Phillippi
BMW M8 GTE 77 +6 Laps
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
16 GTLM 24 United States BMW Team RLL Finland Jesse Krohn
United States John Edwards
BMW M8 GTE 77 +6 Laps
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
17 GTLM 911 United States Porsche GT Team United Kingdom Nick Tandy
France Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche 911 RSR-19 77 +6 Laps
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
18 GTD 14 United States AIM Vasser Sullivan United States Aaron Telitz
United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
Lexus RC F GT3 75 +8 Lapsdouble-dagger
Lexus 5.0L V8
19 GTD 63 United States Scuderia Corsa United States Cooper MacNeil
Finland Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GT3 75 +8 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9L Turbo V8
20 GTD 96 United States Turner Motorsport United States Robby Foley
United States Bill Auberlen
BMW M6 GT3 75 +8 Laps
BMW 4.4L Turbo V8
21 GTD 74 United States Riley Motorsport United States Gar Robinson
United States Lawson Aschenbach
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 75 +8 Laps
Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2L V8
22 GTD 12 United States AIM Vasser Sullivan United States Frankie Montecalvo
United States Townsend Bell
Lexus RC F GT3 75 +8 Laps
Lexus 5.0L V8
23 GTD 76 United States Compass Racing United States Corey Fergus
United States Paul Holton
McLaren 720S GT3 74 +9 Laps
McLaren M840T 4.0L Turbo V8
24 GTD 22 United States Gradient Racing United Kingdom Till Bechtolsheimer
United States Marc Miller
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 74 +9 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
25 GTD 30 United States Team Hardpoint United States Rob Ferriol
United States Spencer Pumpelly
Audi R8 LMS Evo 73 +10 Laps
Audi 5.2L V10
26 GTD 16 United States Wright Motorsports United States Ryan Hardwick
United States Patrick Long
Porsche 911 GT3 R 71 +12 Laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
27 LMP2 8 United Kingdom Tower Motorsport by Starworks Canada John Farano
United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
Oreca 07 49 +34 Laps
Gibson GK428 V8
28 LMP2 81 United States DragonSpeed USA Sweden Henrik Hedman
United States Gustavo Menezes
Oreca 07 81 Disqualified[N 1]
Gibson GK428 V8
29 GTD 44 United States GRT Magnus Racing Team United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 40 Did Not Finish
Lamborghini 5.2L V10
Box Score

Notes

  1. ^ The No. 81 DragonSpeed Oreca was disqualified for failing to meet minimum drive time thresholds.

References

  1. ^ "Cadillac Sweeps IMSA Cadillac GP at Sebring". autoweek.com. 19 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "2020 Events Added for Sebring International Raceway". sebringraceway.com. 15 May 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Cadillac Named Title Sponsor for July Sebring Race". sportscar365.com. 23 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "Entry List Notebook - Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring". imsa.com. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "TB-IWSC-20-14-Sebring1-BoP-Tables" (PDF). imsa.com. 10 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "2020_IWSC_Sebring_July_Official_EntryList" (PDF). imsa.com. 17 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "29 Cars For IMSA's Cadillac Grand Prix Of Sebring". dailysportscar.com. 9 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "sebring_qualifying.pdf" (PDF). July 2020. Retrieved 2020.

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