ROUSH / KOHR wins IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge’s Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 at Sebring
GT4 Mustang in victory lane for second year
The No. 60 Roush/KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4 won the second IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race of the season, the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120. The “120” refers to the two-hour length of the race, which went 47 laps around the 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway on Friday.
Drivers Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy finished 7.651 seconds ahead of the second-place car, the No. 26 Classic BMW/Vess BMW M4 GT4 of Toby Grahovec and Jason Hart. Just 0.2 seconds back from the BMW was the No. 28 RS1 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR of Spencer Pumpelly and Dillion Machaven. KohR Motorsports second Mustang #59 piloted by Jack Roush Jr. and Joey Atterbury finished sixth after a long pit stop put them off pace with their sister car.
“It feels great,” Stacy said. “The team worked flawlessly. We had a really good strategy, I’m really glad it worked out. It was kind of a gutsy move, but it worked out in the end.”
Nate was referring to the fact that most of the other teams pit early during a caution. While on the other hand the two Roush / KohR Mustangs stayed out hoping they would only need one pit stop. The team did fuel, tires, and driver change about midway through the race. Due to a long caution right after their pit-stop they were able to conserve their tires and fuel just long enough to get the win.
“It’s a heck of a start to the weekend and more motivation going into tomorrow’s 12-hour event,” added Marcelli
Marcelli is entered in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts. “Today’s race was a team effort. Nate did qualifying duties and the opening stint of the race, and in a 27-car GT4 grid, there’s a lot of mayhem in those first few laps. He handled it well and worked his way forward, brought the car in in P6.
Next up for the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge: The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Showdown in Lexington, Ohio, May 4-6.
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