With three hours remaining at Sebring, Nasr, van der Zande, Hartley battle for the win

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Coverage of the 12 Hours of Sebring is currently on NBCSN, the NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com.

After several lead changes between the 6- and 9-hour mark of the 12 Hours of Sebring, Felipe Nasr kept the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac DPI in the lead and in contention for the overall victory. Renger van der Zande (No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPI) and Brendon Hartley (#5 Action Express Cadillac DPI) were the only other drivers on the lead lap.

Tight battles continue through three classes.

Richard Westbrook (No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing) held a 29-second advantage over Antonio Garcia (No. 3 Corvette Racing), with Sebastien Bourdais (No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing) third in the GTLM class.

Trent Hindman (No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura), Felipe Fraga (No. 33 Team Riley Mercedes-AMG) and Toni Vilander (No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari) held the top three spots in GTD. Seven cars remained on the lead lap.

Andrew Evans in the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports entry held an 18-lap advantage over the only other car in the LMP2 class.

There was a nagging threat of rain for most of the afternoon. Portions of the track got wet, but it was never enough to necessitate the use of the grooved tires. As temperatures began to drop, the race settled into a comfortable, but rapid pace.

With three hours remaining on the clock, the sun began to set to change the handling of the cars for the final time in the race.

Between the 6-hour mark and 8 hours, several teams went behind the wall, including Bryan Sellers in the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini (GTD), the No. 19 Moorespeed Audi of Andrew Davis (GTD) and Oliver Jarvis in the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest Prototype. They were able to rejoin and there were no retirements through the 8-hour, 30-minute mark. Just as the clock edged closer to the nine-hour mark, the No. 19 car had to call it quits. Sellers was also behind the wall.

The fewest retirements in the history of this race was three in 2009.

Meyer Shank Racing’s all-female team continued to remain in contention as the final car on the same lap as the GTD leader. Katherine Legge took over the #57 Acura from Ana Beatriz just before the 9-hour mark.

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,