Sebring: Marino Franchitti race report

Top Podium Finish at 12 Hours of Sebring Marino, together with his team mates, Butch Leitzinger and Andy Lally, secured 2nd place overall, and 2nd in LMP2 class at the 56th running of the Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring here today. At...

Top Podium Finish at 12 Hours of Sebring

Marino, together with his team mates, Butch Leitzinger and Andy Lally, secured 2nd place overall, and 2nd in LMP2 class at the 56th running of the Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring here today.

At the wheel of their Dyson Racing LMP2 No.20 Porsche RS Spyder, they were never out of the top 10, but a failure on their fuel rig caused problems and loss of time in the early pitstops. However, they still managed to run consistently at the top of the leaderboard, and in the closing stages of Marino's second stint, and nearly 10 hours into the race Marino was leading the field.

Realising any time lost at his second stop could lose his team their top placing, Marino drove a storming in-lap, sliding the car sideways at the entrance to the pits, a move that Speed TV adjudged was sufficient to present Marino with the `Acura Award for the Move of the Race'. "I had no idea I was leading the race at that point" said a somewhat overawed Marino as he exited the car, "I just kept pushing, the car felt great and it was important I got the car into the pit as quickly as I could so that we could get out and hold track position. The team have done such an incredible job all week, and their strategy and hard work throughout the race has just been amazing."

There were anxious moments in the closing stages for Butch Leitzinger who suffered a power steering failure preventing him from capitalising on a strategic pit stop which should have put him ahead of the pack when the final splash-and-dash pitstops were taking place. "It was really close at the end with 4 cars still on the lead lap, but it was a fantastic result for my race debut with the team, and for that I can't begin to express enough thanks to Rob, Chris, all my team mates at Dyson and Porsche for giving me this opportunity" said Marino. "It's a home from home here with this team and I can't wait to come back for St. Pete."

Despite Marino finishing 3rd on the road, a technical failure discovered by IMSA officials after the race on the 2nd placed Lowe's Acura, disqualified the Acura and promoted Marino, Butch and Andy to 2nd overall and 2nd in class.

-credit: mfPR/KWA

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Series ALMS
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Andy Lally , Marino Franchitti
Teams Dyson Racing