SEASON OFF TO CHECKERED START - TWO TRACK ROOKIES, Roush and Swartzbaugh, ONE, TWO PODIUM SEBRING, Fla. (March 17, 2006) - Nineteen seconds ahead of the field at the checkered flag, Kevin Roush dominated with a remarkable flag-to-flag win ...
SEASON OFF TO CHECKERED START - TWO TRACK ROOKIES, Roush and Swartzbaugh, ONE, TWO PODIUM
SEBRING, Fla. (March 17, 2006) - Nineteen seconds ahead of the field at the checkered flag, Kevin Roush dominated with a remarkable flag-to-flag win to capture round one of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Michelin at the Mobile I Twelve Hours of Sebring in his No.12 GAS Motorsport/Wheel Enhancement Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997.
Roush, at his first shot at Sebring, was elated about the results. "It was a trouble free race," said Roush. "The team set-up the car perfectly and it was easy to drive. For it to go green the entire race, with the 2nd and 3rd place qualifiers running into trouble, made my job a lot easier. Staying green throughout was a pleasant surprise and great for the huge crowd on hand. I'd like to shout a quick thank you to Flying Lizard driver Johannes Van Overbeek for helping us get up to speed quickly."
A quick learner, 20-year-old teammate Nathan Swartzbaugh, also at his first attempt to race at the historic Sebring International Raceway, qualified fourth on the starting grid and brought the No.17 North-South Machinery Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 997 home to an impressive second-place podium finish.
"We earned this one, the team worked hard and it paid off. I am excited about our great start to this season of the IMSA Cup," Swartzbaugh said. "The race was very difficult with the heat, the bumps, and the pressure of 85,000 people made this one hit hard when we were rewarded with a great finish. I have a lot of respect for Sebring. It is an extremely tough track and being my first time there made it a steep learning curve. We are pleased that we did well and are confident that Mid-Ohio will be just as rewarding."
"Nathan did great," Kevin added. "He showed maturity and patience. He went faster and faster as the race went on. The stars were aligned and everything went our way. With hard work and a little luck, we hope to do it again at Mid-Ohio."
With no cautions throughout the entire race, warming up and maintaining tire temperatures was crucial. The pair posted the two top fastest lap times out of the 21 run within the 45-minute timed event. By lap 10 Nathan clocked in a time of 2:11.75. Roush, one lap later, came back with a 2:11.03.
Round two of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Michelin is set to go green May 20, 2006 at the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.