Big day for Action Express, Corvette en route to Sebring wins

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Action Express Racing has captured the win in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, courtesy of a dominant drive from the trio of Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 5 Corvette DP.

The trio led almost all the race and built a lead of more than a lap, which they maintained for the duration. Bourdais’ stints were stout and Barbosa made a great pass for the lead on Scott Dixon on Lap 191.

Two other Corvette DPs completed the overall podium.

Other class winners were PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports (PC), Corvette Racing (GTLM) and Team Seattle-AJR (GTD).

While PR1/Mathiasen and Corvette dominated their respective classes, Team Seattle-AJR emerged victorious at the end of the race following an incredible sequence of events.

Driver Mario Farnbacher led in the final hour but ran wide at Turn 10. That gave the lead to Jeroen Bleekemolen in a Viper, but the Dutchman endured heartbreak in the closing five minutes of the race when his engine died out.

The Team Seattle-AJR Porsche inherited the win, the first for the trio of Farnbacher, Ian James and Alex Riberas in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Prototype and GTLM race next at Long Beach in April with PC and GTD next up alongside at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May.

Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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