Per Performance Tech:
SEBRING, Fla. (March 17, 2019) – Performance Tech Motorsports turned a tight qualifying session into a dominating win in the LMP2 class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship; walking away winners of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advanced Auto Parts.
There was no secret behind the No. 38 Centinel Spine / Orlando Health LMP2 win. Performance Tech had no crew nor driver make a mistake, and the car was carefully prepped the night before resulting in a mechanically sound race. Sebring International Raceway, known for its brutally rough terrain, provided exciting challenges for the team.
Veteran driver Kyle Masson avoided any incident and drove with careful precision through the treacherous conditions at the rainy start. He drove as high as ninth into the overall prototype field. Cameron Cassels overcame three broken ribs to pull a triple and double stint during the race. He smartly kept the car out of the aggressive battles after the late restart with seven minutes remaining. Andrew Evans had a baptism by fire in his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race. Evans stayed steady each stint, never dropping a wheel allowing the No. 38 to maintain its lead gap.
Performance Tech Motorsports can now claim the title of two-time winner, across two classes, of the Twelve Hours of Sebring, something very few teams in the paddock can say. It takes a team of high caliber to stand on the top step of the podium once, but a group of even greater experience to win it twice. Team Principal Brent O’Neill knows this is no small feat and points to his crew for the team’s success.
“This really is a testament to the entire crew,” O’Neill said. “The night before the race if you walked around the paddock you would see my crew was the last one here. While everyone went home early, they stayed to make sure everything was set for the next day. The drivers trust and believe me which allowed them to do a great job. For example, Cameron and Andrew have never driven this race before, and now they get to walk away winners. Kyle did a great job this weekend stepping up and being a leader. Overall it was a great weekend for us.”