Cadillac Racing is looking to carry momentum from its victory at the Rolex 24 ay Daytona in January to the 12 Hours of Sebring this weekend.
The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R crew of Jordan Taylor, Fernando Alonso, Kamui Kobayashi and Renger Van Der Zande gave Cadillac an overall victory in the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. Alonso and Kobayashi won’t be racing with the team in Sebring, however, with French LMP2 ace Matthieu Vaxiviere joining the WTR squad for the remainder of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship’s endurance rounds.
“I don’t know if our win at the Rolex changes anything with our approach to Sebring,” Jordan Taylor said. “Everyone wants to win Daytona and everyone wants to win Sebring. Obviously, these races are part of a bigger picture with the championship, but heading into the weekend, the plan is to go for the win. If we find ourselves in a spot where we can’t compete for the win, then we will go into championship mode, but at this point, we want to win another Sebring 12-hour.”
Another driver change has happened over at Action Express Racing, with former F1 driver and Le Mans winner Brendon Hartley set to share the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R with Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque. Barbosa is hoping for a good result, despite Sebring’s reputation for being tough of driver’s and equipment.
“Last year, we had a good run at Daytona with the Rolex 24 win, and then a tough Sebring,” Barbosa said. “So hopefully we can swap those this year! Sebring is a very demanding track and it is the kind of race that you never know what it will throw at you.”
Cadillac newcomers JDC-Miller Motorsports returns to Sebring with their pair of yellow Cadillac DPi-V.Rs, while Juncos Racing, which is completely new to the IMSA Prototype class for 2019, also returns with their sole DPi-V.R. JDC-Miller posted a DNF and a fifth place finish in class at Daytona, while Juncos finished far down the order after going nearly 38 laps down.
The Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring will go green on Saturday, March 16th at 10:40 a.m. ET. You can cheer on Cadillac Racing by tuning into CNBC, NBCSN and IMSA’s live stream, depending on where you live and what time it is. A full viewing schedule can be found at this link.