Performance Tech Motorsports turned a tight qualifying session into a dominating win in the LMP2 class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship; walking away winners of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
There was no secret behind the No. 38 Centinel Spine/ Orlando Health LMP2 win. Performance Tech had no crew nor driver make a mistake, and the car was carefully prepped the night before resulting in a mechanically sound race. Sebring International Raceway, known for its brutally rough terrain, provided exciting challenges for the team.
Veteran driver Kyle Masson avoided any incident and drove with careful precision through the treacherous conditions at the rainy start. He drove as high as ninth into the overall prototype field. Cameron Cassels overcame three broken ribs to pull a triple and double stint during the race. He smartly kept the car out of the aggressive battles after the late restart with seven minutes remaining. Andrew Evans had a baptism by fire in his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race. Evans stayed steady each stint, never dropping a wheel allowing the No. 38 to maintain its lead gap.
Performance Tech Motorsports can now claim the title of two-time winner, across two classes, of the Twelve Hours of Sebring, something very few teams in the paddock can say. It takes a team of high caliber to stand on the top step of the podium once, but a group of even greater experience to win it twice. Team Principal Brent O’Neill knows this is no small feat and points to his crew for the team’s success.
“This really is a testament to the entire crew,” O’Neill said. “The night before the race if you walked around the paddock you would see my crew was the last one here. While everyone went home early, they stayed to make sure everything was set for the next day. The drivers trust and believe me which allowed them to do a great job. For example, Cameron and Andrew have never driven this race before, and now they get to walk away winners. Kyle did a great job this weekend stepping up and being a leader. Overall it was a great weekend for us.”
Kyle Masson, Driver No. 38 Centinel Spine/ Orlando Health LMP2
“This race weekend went really well,” Masson said. “We started out with a really solid qualifying. Coming off of Daytona our pace was not as good as we would have liked. To come here and be on pace and able to battle left both myself and the team feeling confident. Our gap was only 1/100 of a second to our competitor, so I’m really happy with how the car ran all weekend. The crew really deserved this; they put together a great car.”
Cameron Cassels, Driver No. 38 Centinel Spine/ Orlando Health LMP2
“It’s incredible to share this win with Performance Tech,” Cassels said. “To run up front at Daytona and then walk away with a second felt like last place. To come here and pull off a win is incredible. The class was small, but this is multi-class racing, so it was not short of challenges. It really is amazing to walk away from Sebring a winner.”
Andrew Evans, Driver No. 38 Centinel Spine/ Orlando Health LMP2
“The biggest thing for me was making sure the car stayed on track,” Evans said. “A few months ago, I never would have dreamt in a million years that I would win the Twelve Hours of Sebring. This is a lifetime dream come true; I am really excited about this. Kyle, Cameron, and the whole crew did a mega job all week.”
With the famed, “36-hours of Florida,” now complete the LMP2 class has its sights set on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio May 3-5. The race format will change from endurance to a two hour and 40-minute sprint race on the 2.4-mile road course with all four IMSA classes in attendance.
Source. Performance Tech Motorsports