Sebring Friday Notebook – Sportscar365


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***IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams unloaded Friday afternoon for their second race back, although Saturday’s Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring will feature the first time LMP2 cars have featured in the series since January’s season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, with GT Daytona teams facing a different points scenario.

***Sebring marks the start of the full-season LMP2 championship, which is currently slated for six rounds, with the Rolex 24 only having counted towards Michelin Endurance Cup points. GTD teams, meanwhile, will only score WeatherTech Sprint Cup points here this weekend, which has resulted in the absence of Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura NSX GT3 Evos.

***It marks the first IMSA race that the Ohio-based team, with an eligible car, has forgone since its move to sports car racing in 2004, initially with Grand-Am.

***Team co-owner Mike Shank pulled double-duty between the IMSA round at Daytona and NTT IndyCar Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway two weeks ago, a feat that AIM Vasser Sullivan team co-principal Jimmy Vasser nor NBC Sports analyst/AVS driver Townsend Bell will undertake this weekend either.

***Bell will be fully committed to the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 this weekend, with AVS co-owner James ‘Sulli’ Sullivan set to be in Iowa on Friday and Sebring on Saturday, with Vasser remaining in Iowa for the entire double-header IndyCar weekend. 

***There have been increasing questions whether the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and the GT-only round at Lime Rock Park will go ahead as planned in early September amid New York and Connecticut’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for arrivals from highly impacted COVID-19 states, including Florida, North Carolina, California and Texas.

***A total of 22 states are now subject to the mandate, which is calculated when a state’s COVID-19 positivity rate exceeds 10 percent over a seven-day rolling average. The…



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