PR1/MATHIASEN MOTORSPORTS #52 WINS THE MOBIL 1 TWELVE HOURS OF SEBRING PRESENTED BY ADVANCE AUTO PARTS FOR THE THIRD TIME IN A ROW
March 22, 2022.- Sebring, Florida. PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports won the 70th Edition of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts in the LMP2 class, with the #52 Wynns/RainX/4Horsemen/Client Command, after a dominating performance by drivers Ben Keating, Mikkel Jensen and Scott Huffaker last Saturday at Sebring International Raceway, finishing a lap ahead of their second-place competitors.
The heat and humidity at the Florida venue, became critical factors for all teams and drivers competing in the 70th edition of this mythical 12-hour race, that also serves as the second round of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup.
“It was so much hotter than other years.”, said Scott Huffaker. “We were able to use that to our advantage. I think some other teams really struggled with their drivers and the heat, and we were able to be a little bit stronger in that sense, it helped give us the win.”, Huffaker added.
“This Sebring win is likely the toughest I’ve seen with competitors and the tough weather conditions for all the drivers and teams.”, said Team Principal, Bobby Oergel. “For me it’s the hardest event on the calendar and I’m so thankful and proud of the drivers and team to win this event.”, he finalized.
Ben Keating, who also raced in the 1000 Miles of Sebring WEC race held on Friday March 18th, started the 12-hour race from the pole position. “I am still just exhausted. But it is a happy exhausted.”, Keating said. “I did 3 hours in the WEC race on Friday and 3 hours in the IMSA race on Saturday. Sebring is a very physical track, that’s tests both man and machine. Over Friday and Saturday, I burned over 11,000 calories, and I can’t eat enough to catch up. I don’t remember ever being this drained energetically”, he added.
“This was a team win, for sure. We all pulled together to do our job perfectly and this was the maximum result. I am so proud of everyone on the team. I was really happy with my performance behind the wheel. The car was amazing. All the drivers were quick. We have close to 100 guests there from Wynns and 4 Horsemen. It was just perfect!” Keating finalized.
“This was a very special win for the team, being that is three in a row for them, and me being a part of that, means a lot.”, said Huffaker. “Everything came down to being consistent, having flawless pitstops, goo
d strategy, keeping our nose clean. Everyone just did their job. There was no particular one thing that stood out, that made us the best, but it was a combination of everything, which was really cool to see and it was really special to be a part of.”, Huffaker concluded.
For drivers Mikkel Jensen and Beating, this was their second-win at Sebring with the team. “Amazing win to get this second one in a row for the team that’s it’s an amazing achievement.”, said Mikkel Jensen. “We
did everything as we should, no mistakes. Everything went smoothly. All competitors got into trouble and we benefited from staying out of trouble. Which was the plan. That’s how you win endurance races.” he added.
The #52 Wynns/RainX/4Horsemen/Client Command returns to action for the round 3 of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, next June 23 – 26th.
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