Approaching 10am this St. Patrick's Day, thirty-four cars are lined up for the start of the 55th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring - Andy Wallace aboard the Dyson Racing No. 16 Thetford/Norcold Porsche RS Spyder sitting inside the third row of the grid.
During the pace lap, Butch Leitzinger, who will be driving in his 19th consecutive Sebring 12 Hour when he takes the wheel from Wallace in a bit under two hours, had this to say about the Spyder:
"It is really. it is an amazing car. It is so well thought out. I've never had the opportunity to drive a Porsche racecar before. It's obvious why they have the reputation they do, because everything has been so well planned.
"A lot of times when you get a new car, by the time you get to the first race it's got so many patches on it - alternative gages and such - that it looks like its been racing for three years. Whereas with the Porsche, everything you've ever thought of over the years that someone should do this, they've done it.
"As to the performance of the car, it's phenomenal. It's extremely comfortable to drive and at the same time, it's being very fast. At a place like Sebring where the bumps can really knock the fillings out of your teeth, it's the best car I've ever driven here over the bumps, so it's really a joy to drive."
Wallace would have concurred, as he nipped the David Braham Acura on the start and the game is on.