Brian Cunningham Finishes in The Top 10 at Mobil 1 Twelve Hour of Sebring
DANVILLE, Ky. -- March 25, 2004 -- Brian Cunningham of Danville, Ky. had a successful end to the 52nd running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring last weekend with a sixth place finish in the GT class with J3 Racing. He joined Justin Jackson and Tim Sugden in the debut of the team's new 2004 Porsche GT3 RSR. This race marked Cunningham's fifth start at the endurance classic.
The 12-hour race didn't end without its share of drama for J3 Racing. The team was running a strong fifth position in the GT category approximately five hours into the race when the alternator failed on the Porsche, causing an unexpectedly long pit stop. The team lost four positions in class and went back out with a new alternator in ninth place in GT. With consistently quick lap times, the trio was able to work their way through the GT pack up to sixth position where they finished at the checkered flag. The quickest laps of the weekend were achieved during the race.
Cunningham drove with J3 Racing at the American Le Mans Series season-ending Petit Le Mans last year and helped the team achieve their career best finish at the 10-hour endurance race as well as this year's best finish this past weekend at Sebring.
"I'm happy to have been a part of J3's best Sebring finish. We all got along really well and there were no egos in the car, we worked well together and put on a good race. We worked together to get a set up that would accommodate all three of us and it worked. It was great to be with a team who has good results and I'm looking forward to driving with them in the future," Cunningham said.
The Cunningham name has a deep history at Sebring starting with Cunningham's grandfather, famed sports car racer Briggs Cunningham winning the Twelve Hours of Sebring in 1953, 1954 and 1955. He was the first team owner to win three years in a row. He won as a driver in '53 with his own Cunningham C4R racing machine. As a result of his wins, "Cunningham Corner" was named after him and his participation at Sebring in its early days.
Most recently Brian Cunningham competed in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series where he finished second in the GT driver championship last season.
Founded in 1998, J3 Racing has participated in SPEED World Challenge, Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series as well as the American Le Mans Series. J3 Racing is a joint venture of driver Justin and his father, Jaye Jackson. The team is based out of Buford, Ga.