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Rain Arrives at Sebring; Fraga Tops Warmup

Felipe Fraga was quickest in a wet warmup session at Sebring International Raceway…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Overnight rain has carried over into Saturday morning’s Warmup session for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, with GT Daytona class driver Felipe Fraga setting the fastest time of the ten competitors that elected to take to the drenched track and set a time.

Fraga, who overcame a spin of his own in the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG GT3, set the best lap of 2:49.580 on his third tour of the track.

Mirko Bortolotti was second but 12 seconds back in the No. 11 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.

Laurens Vanthoor checked in third overall and tops the GT Le Mans class for Porsche GT Team, while Acura Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves was quickest of the three DPi entrants that set a time.

Significant rain, which started in the overnight hours, left standing water in various places around the track making for treacherous conditions.

The vast majority of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams chose not to take part, although rain is a possibility in the forecast throughout the duration of the 12-hour race today.

Several cars had spins and off track excursions, but the only major incident came when the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Scott Hargrove slid into a tire barrier midway through the session.

The car did not appear to sustain significant damage but the incident did bring out a red flag.

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will get underway at 10:40 a.m. EDT.

RESULTS: Warmup

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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