No. 20 Dyson Sebring Diary: 10:35 Saturday

The 34-car field for the 56th running of the Sebring 12 Hours took the green flag at 10:05am with the lone Peugeot and the Audi pair immediately launching into a testosterone marketing exercise. Ditto the LMP2 Andretti-Green Acura which put the ...

The 34-car field for the 56th running of the Sebring 12 Hours took the green flag at 10:05am with the lone Peugeot and the Audi pair immediately launching into a testosterone marketing exercise. Ditto the LMP2 Andretti-Green Acura which put the rightside wheels off in the first corner trying to peek around the outside of the Lowe's Fernandez Acura. That didn't work and back they went to 10th.

Meanwhile, the Penske and Dyson Porsches slotted comfortably in sixth through ninth, wisely taking the long view.

Almost precisely half an hour after the green flag, the No. 16 Dyson sister car was collected in a bash-about involving one of the Flying Lizard GT2 Porsches and lost portions of the right rear body work. A full course yellow saved the 16 many positions, allowing Chris Dyson to limp back to the pits.

Meanwhile, Leitzinger dove in for a routine fuel and tire stop that turned out to be anything but routine -- the stop taking 59.03sec due to slow fuel feed. It took 10 minutes to identify and repair the guilty fuel rig component. The spring-loaded dead man valve used to start and stop fuel flow from the pit rig is operated by a socket pull bar and extension running into the valve. The male extension had slipped from its female counterpart on the valve and was reinserted a notch off so the valve only opened about a quarter of the way. All that said and done, the 20 lost three spots to 11th while the 16 moved up to Leitzinger's 8th spot, despite the body work repairs.

With fire in his belly, Leitzinger made his way back to 7th overall behind the class leading Andretti-Green Acura and the Penske Porsche duo.

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