2020 Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring

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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 18, 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]

BackgroundEdit

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]

EntriesEdit

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]

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pole positions in each class are indicated in bold and by  .

Pos. Class No. Team Driver Time Gap Grid
1 DPi 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Pipo Derani 1:46.733 _ 1 
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 9 
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 14 
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 20 
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]

ResultsEdit

Class winners are denoted in bold and  .

Pos Class No. Team Drivers Chassis Laps Time/Retired
Engine
1 DPi 31   Whelen Engineering Racing   Felipe Nasr
  Pipo Derani
Cadillac DPi-V.R 83 2:40:36.181 
Cadillac 5.5L V8
2 DPi 10   Konica Minolta Cadillac   Renger van der Zande
  Ryan Briscoe
Cadillac DPi-V.R 83 +36.432
Cadillac 5.5L V8
3 DPi 5   JDC-Mustang Sampling Racing   João Barbosa
  Sébastien Bourdais
Cadillac DPi-V.R 83 +56.144
Cadillac 5.5L V8
4 DPi 77   Mazda Motorsports   Oliver Jarvis
  Tristan Nunez
Mazda RT24-P 83 +56.632
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0L Turbo I4
5 DPi 55   Mazda Motorsports   Jonathan Bomarito
  Harry Tincknell
Mazda RT24-P 83 +1:27.300
Mazda MZ-2.0T 2.0L Turbo I4
6 DPi 6   Acura Team Penske   Dane Cameron
  Juan Pablo Montoya
Acura ARX-05 83 +1:29.280
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
7 DPi 7   Acura Team Penske   Hélio Castroneves
  Ricky Taylor
Acura ARX-05 83 +1:30.667
Acura AR35TT 3.5L Turbo V6
8 DPi 85   JDC-Miller MotorSports   Stephen Simpson
  Tristan Vautier
Cadillac DPi-V.R 82 +1 Lap
Cadillac 5.5L V8
9 LMP2 52   PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports   Patrick Kelly
  Spencer Pigot
Oreca 07 81 +2 Laps 
Gibson GK428 V8
10 LMP2 38   Performance Tech Motorsports   Cameron Cassels
  Kyle Masson
Oreca 07 80 +3 Laps
Gibson GK428 V8
11 LMP2 18   Era Motorsports   Dwight Merriman
  Kyle Tilley
Oreca 07 80 +3 Laps
Gibson GK428 V8
12 GTLM 4   Corvette Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 77 +6 Laps 
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
13 GTLM 3   Corvette Racing   Antonio García
  Jordan Taylor
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 77 +6 Laps
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
14 GTLM 912   Porsche GT Team   Earl Bamber
  Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR-19 77 +6 Laps
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
15 GTLM 25   BMW Team RLL   Bruno Spengler
  Connor De Phillippi
BMW M8 GTE 77 +6 Laps
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
16 GTLM 24   BMW Team RLL   Jesse Krohn
  John Edwards
BMW M8 GTE 77 +6 Laps
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
17 GTLM 911   Porsche GT Team   Nick Tandy
  Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche 911 RSR-19 77 +6 Laps
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
18 GTD 14   AIM Vasser Sullivan   Aaron Telitz
  Jack Hawksworth
Lexus RC F GT3 75 +8 Laps 
Lexus 5.0L V8
19 GTD 63   Scuderia Corsa   Cooper MacNeil
  Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GT3 75 +8 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9L Turbo V8
20 GTD 96   Turner Motorsport   Robby Foley
  Bill Auberlen
BMW M6 GT3 75 +8 Laps
BMW 4.4L Turbo V8
21 GTD 74   Riley Motorsport   Gar Robinson
  Lawson Aschenbach
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 75 +8 Laps
Mercedes-AMG M159 6.2L V8
22 GTD 12   AIM Vasser Sullivan   Frankie Montecalvo
  Townsend Bell
Lexus RC F GT3 75 +8 Laps
Lexus 5.0L V8
23 GTD 76   Compass Racing   Corey Fergus
  Paul Holton
McLaren 720S GT3 74 +9 Laps
McLaren M840T 4.0L Turbo V8
24 GTD 22   Gradient Racing   Till Bechtolsheimer
  Marc Miller
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 74 +9 Laps
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
25 GTD 30   Team Hardpoint   Rob Ferriol
  Spencer Pumpelly
Audi R8 LMS Evo 73 +10 Laps
Audi 5.2L V10
26 GTD 16   Wright Motorsports   Ryan Hardwick
  Patrick Long
Porsche 911 GT3 R 71 +12 Laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
27 LMP2 8   Tower Motorsport by Starworks   John Farano
  Ryan Dalziel
Oreca 07 49 +34 Laps
Gibson GK428 V8
28 LMP2 81   DragonSpeed USA   Henrik Hedman
  Gustavo Menezes
Oreca 07 81 Disqualified[N 1]
Gibson GK428 V8
29 GTD 44   GRT Magnus Racing Team   John Potter
  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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cadillac Sweeps IMSA Cadillac GP at Sebring". autoweek.com. 19 July 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "2020 Events Added for Sebring International Raceway". sebringraceway.com. 15 May 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Cadillac Named Title Sponsor for July Sebring Race". sportscar365.com. 23 June 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Entry List Notebook – Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring". imsa.com. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "TB-IWSC-20-14-Sebring1-BoP-Tables" (PDF). imsa.com. 10 July 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "2020_IWSC_Sebring_July_Official_EntryList" (PDF). imsa.com. 17 July 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "29 Cars For IMSA's Cadillac Grand Prix Of Sebring". dailysportscar.com. 9 July 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "sebring_qualifying.pdf" (PDF). July 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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