The first IMSA Prototype Challenge race since the January 4th season opener at Daytona International Speedway took place at Sebring International Raceway this weekend with New Speed Motorsports karting team boss Anthony Simone racing in the event.
Simone races for Gilbert/Korthoff Motorsports. Unfortunately, during a recent team test, the Norma M30 race car sustained damage, so a replacement Ligier JS LMP3 had to be raced at Sebring while the team’s prototype gets repaired back in Indianapolis. Because of a qualifying rainout, Simone did not have any seat time before the Saturday morning warm-up session.
It was an up and down day the No. 23 at Sebring Raceway. Anthony’s co-pilot Jon got spun while running in 4th, but recovered. Then a drive through penalty (for spinning the wheels while the car was up on the air-jacks during a pit stop) put the No. 23 down a lap. They couldn’t get it back, despite great pace late in the race, ending the day in 7th. The team gained valuable points in the IMSA championship as several teams ahead in points suffered DNFs. The team worked hard in really hot conditions and are off to Road America in 2 weeks.