LG Motorsport Sebring Race Wrap Up Doug Peterson In Rookie Debut Finishes Sixth A trio of LG Motorsports drivers delivered a taste of what SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT fans can expect from the team in 2006. In the season debut at...
LG Motorsport Sebring Race Wrap Up
Doug Peterson In Rookie Debut Finishes Sixth
A trio of LG Motorsports drivers delivered a taste of what SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT fans can expect from the team in 2006. In the season debut at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, LG Motorsports was laying down the power as their three Corvette C6 Z06s marched through the field with authority.
After qualifying to start fourth on the grid, Lou Gigliotti, #28 LG Motorsports Pro Long Tube Headers Corvette, jumped into the lead by lap two. Turning the fastest lap of the race, 102.100 mph in 2:10.460, Lou lead the caution free race and had pulled out to nearly a three second lead over the #82 car. On lap 15, with eventual race winner, Phil McCann, chasing in the #82 Dodge Competition Viper, Lou's car suddenly began smoking and was shown a mechanical black flag.
"The car was fantastic," expressed a disappointed Gigliotti. "I'm not sure what happened yet, the guys will have to get it back to the shop and see what let go. Bottom line, though, is we were fast and I could put the car anywhere on the track I wanted. I think our performance speaks volumes for our team and the kind of power LG Motorpsorts and Pro Long Tube Headers can generate."
"I really need to give Louis Jr. and my guys a lot of credit for the car set-up." the former World Challenge Champion continued. "They've really got these Corvette's figured out. The car cornered extremely well. The StopTech brakes allowed me to get in to the corners deep and with all that power, I had great exit speed. The car was just how I like it. We'll get this sorted out and get them in St. Petersburg. "
Teammate, Doug Peterson, had an outstanding Rookie debut in his #87 3 Dimensional Services Corvette C6 Z06. Starting 15th in his first SPEED World Challenge event, the former Star Mazda Series Champion drove to an outstanding sixth place finish.
"I've never done anything so hard in my whole life," exclaimed and exhausted Peterson. "And I've done a lot of things. This was unbelievable. The car was a blast to drive. I've got some things to work on... these cars require a completely different driving style... but I've got to hand it to Lou and his LG Motorsport's guys, they build a heck of a race car. This was really something. I don't know what to say."
Claudio Burtin brought his #26 LG Pro Long Tube Header's Corvette C6 Z06 home 11th.
"The car was excellent," expressed Claudio. I was really hoping to squeeze out one more position to get the car in the top 10, but just couldn't find that little extra. I know the car definitely has what it takes so I know the improvement will come with more seat time."
The SCCA SPEED GT race, part of the 54th Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, was broadcast on SPEED Channel at 4 p.m. (EST) Sunday, March 19.