There may not be an NTT IndyCar Series event this weekend, but it wasn’t an off-weekend for some of the series’ brightest stars.
Five full-time IndyCar competitors competed in Saturday’s 67th running of the Twelve Hours of Sebring, America’s oldest endurance race and the second event of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Alexander Rossi, sharing the No. 7 Acura DPI for Team Penske with Ricky Taylor and Hélio Castroneves, was the highest-finishing IndyCar regular, finishing fourth overall. 2016 IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud’s run in the No. 6 DPI for Penske helped the team finish ninth.
Sébastien Bourdais, in the No. 66 Ford GT for Chip Ganassi Racing, hit the podium with a second-place finish in GTLM. Bourdais shared driving duties with Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand, who took the checkered flag behind the wheel.
Defending IndyCar champ Scott Dixon was part of the No. 67 Ford GT team’s sixth place in GTLM (15th place overall). Dixon shared the car with Richard Westbrook and former IndyCar veteran Ryan Briscoe.
Finishing just behind the No. 67 was the No. 25 Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan BMW of Tom Blomqvist, Connor De Phillippi and IndyCar rookie Colton Herta. The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona champions couldn’t make it back-to-back victories, as the team finished the race seventh in GTLM and 17th overall.
Though no IndyCar drivers found their way to victory lane Saturday night at Sebring, they still proved that they know how to compete with the IMSA regulars.
Rossi, Pagenaud, Bourdais and Herta each set the fastest laps for their respective teams.
Next weekend, all five drivers will return to work at their day jobs, as the NTT IndyCar Series roars into Austin, Texas, for the inaugural IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas. Coverage will begin Sunday, March 24 at 1 pm ET on NBCSN.
Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win
Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.
“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”
With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.
In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).
Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.
“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”
NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.
Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)
450 Class Championship Standings
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)