Sebring Notes: Gue in at Rolex winners CORE, Cosmo in at Whelen

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After winning in the Prototype Challenge category at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, CORE Autosport will have three-fourths of its Daytona lineup intact for this weekend’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.

The team has announced that James Gue will return as co-driver alongside CORE regular Colin Braun and team owner Jon Bennett in their No. 54 ORECA FLM09. Bennett and Braun collaborated with Mark Wilkins (the fourth driver in its 2014 Rolex lineup) to finish fifth last year at Sebring.

“I think having one race under your belt heading into Sebring helps, especially for someone like myself who is new to the team,” Gue said in a release. “Spending more time with the team allows you develop better working relationships with the co-drivers, mechanics and engineers, which only helps the team chemistry.

“I think everyone on the team is a little more settled and prepared coming off the longest race of the year. I am really excited to get back to the track and try and pick up where we left off at Daytona.”

After making its Prototype debut at the Rolex, Whelen Motorsports is heading on to Sebring with a solid veteran fill-in to its lineup in Guy Cosmo. The American driver is subbing for Max Papis, who will not be racing this weekend due to a scheduling conflict.

At the Rolex, Cosmo finished sixth in the GTD category for Level 5 Motorsports, which will not be present for Sebring. As a result, he’s aligned himself with the Whelen stable and regulars Eric Curran and Boris Said for the famed 12-hour event.

“[Team owner] Ted [Marsh] has always put a great effort behind anything he races and I think the team did a great job to keep fighting to the finish at Daytona,” Cosmo said, referencing the team’s 10th place finish in P class. “Eric and Boris are great guys and I’m happy to be part of such a strong line up.

“Sebring is a tough track and with nearly 70 cars, this is going to be a very tough race. But the team learned a lot at the test and hopefully we can be there for the finish.”

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool