Lites: Primetime Race Group weekend summary

FEINBERG CUTS THE RIBBON TO THE 2009 IMSA RACE SEASON. Sebring, FL (March 15, 2009) - Feinberg kicks off 2009 driving the ...


Sebring, FL (March 15, 2009) - Feinberg kicks off 2009 driving the #7 Louis Moinet sponsored Elan DP-02 race car with a win in the season opener, as well as a solid finish in round two, despite mechanical issues.

The Primetime team was eager to start Saturday's race after team owner Joel Feinberg breaking the Sebring International Raceway, IMSA Lites track record by 2.4 seconds at the American Le Mans Series winter test in January.

Feinberg started race one from second place after the morning qualifying session. Going into turn one, Feinberg was overtaken at the start of the race by series newcomer Kyle Marcelli. Making all the right moves, Feinberg caught Marcelli on the back straight and followed closely behind race leader Matt Downs. Feinberg caught Downs coming out of seven and passed him on the outside of turn eight. Holding on to P1 one for the remainder of the race, Feinberg took the checkered flag after driving his heart out for the entire 30-minute race.

Expectations were high for round two in the seventy-five minute endurance race coming off the top step of the podium in race one. After taking the green flag at the front of the pack and racing hard through the first few laps, a flat tire had sent Feinberg crawling into the pits. During the tire change, the field made their way around the 3.7-mile road course leaving him one lap down to the field. Feinberg quickly fell from second place to last, spending the remainder of the race fighting to regain as many positions as possible. Feinberg managed to find ten spots, before running out of time resulting in a 13th place finish.

"I won yesterday's race for my son, Peter. This was his first experience watching me in a big race. I had hoped that Peter and I would bring home two trophies this weekend but unfortunately, that's racing… Better luck next time." commented Feinberg.

The Primetime camp clinched three other top ten finishes for the two season openers. As a new addition to the Primetime corral, Johnny Meriggi in the #11 Great Expectations sponsored car brought back a 5th place finish, and returning Primetime driver Jarrett Boon in the #9 Life Lock car with a 6th and a 10th. Unfortunately, the #8 PAIDEIA CAPITAL sponsored car driven by Anthony Nicolosi suffered mechanical issues resulting in a DNF.

Primetime Race Group will refocus their efforts towards next week, in preparation for the 57th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida on Saturday March 21st where the team will campaign the #11 GT2 Dodge Viper.

-credit: prg

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Johnny Meriggi , Joel Feinberg , Kyle Marcelli , Matt Downs , Anthony Nicolosi , Jarrett Boon