Sebring, FL – With high hopes heading in, two-time 12-Hours of Sebring winner and reigning Prototype Challenge Drivers’ Champion Mike Guasch was primed to score his third win at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. That hope was cut short as the race crossed into the fourth hour of the grueling central Florida challenge.
The PR1/Mathiasen team overcame a difficult qualifying session, starting the #52 Bayshore Recycling/Molecule Labs FLM09 PC in 8th spot. Guasch and team worked through the first 3 hours to gain the lead, however that lead was cut short by a heavy hit exiting Turn 17.
Last year’s race winning teammate David Ostella drifted wide at the exit of the final turn making significant impact with the retaining wall. Ostella came to an immediate stop leaving no place to go for the #52 PR1/Mathiasen machine piloted by Frankie Montecalvo at the time. The head-on contact and subsequent hit into the pit wall ended the event for the Fresno, California based team.
“It’s a tough break in the race and the NAEC. We were really showing pace moving up to lead, but just one of those bad racing deals” quoted Guasch after the event. “Really glad to see both David and Frankie are ok, but really tough for the team. The boys spent the last few weeks building a brand new car and now it’s virtually destroyed.
Although Guasch doesn’t plan to return to the lineup until late June, the team is pushing to have the car back on grid for Continental Grand Prix of Monterey Powered by Mazda, May 3-4.
“We had solid momentum this week announcing new team partner Camp Boggy Creek and rolling out a new car, but unfortunately not many positives ontrack as net result” Guasch continued. “We’ll get things rebuilt and make our mark at Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.
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