Published on Saturday, March 15 2014 10:04
Based on the team’s performance in practice, Sebastien Bourdais didn’t have great expectations for Friday afternoon’s Prototype (P) qualifying.
His main goal was to run a few good laps to get a better feel for the car’s performance.
Bourdais not only met but exceeded that goal, winning the TOTAL Pole Award for Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida with a lap of 1 minute, 51.917 seconds (120.303 mph). He took the top spot in the Rolex 24 At Daytona-winning No. 5 Corvette Daytona Prototype co-driven by Action Express Racing teammates Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa.
Saturday’s race serves as both the second round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. The event begins at 10:15 a.m. ET. Live FOX Sports 1 coverage runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with the remainder of the event streamed live on www.imsa.com. FOX Sports 1 also will carry a three-hour highlight show on Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET.
“We were not sure where we were going to be, because it was difficult to get in a good lap [in practice] this morning,” Bourdais said. “Traffic was very difficult, and it was tough to get a read on the car because we were always on the line and we couldn’t set a rhythm. It was better in qualifying, because I was able to string together a few good laps.”
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