Courtesy of a pit stop done several laps earlier than their rivals, the No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America pair of Ian James and Mario Farnbacher leapt to the GT Daytona class lead and held it through to the finish in Saturday’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic.
The pair also won at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March, but this race was not as dramatic as the finish there.
James started the No. 23 car from fifth place in class and pitted on Lap 18, four or five laps before the rest of the GTD class.
Once the pit stop cycle was completed and Farnbacher in the car, he held on until the finish by a winning margin of 2.679 seconds.
Unofficially, the No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, driven by James Davison and Christina Nielsen in their second race of the day, finished in second ahead of the polesitting No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS of Christopher Haase and Dion von Moltke.
The No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America and No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America completed the top five
The No. 007 Aston Martin, No. 22 Porsche, No. 73 Porsche and No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America were involved in a post-race accident.
All drivers, James Davison, Leh Keen, Spencer Pumpelly and Jan Heylen, all confirmed either by themselves or via their teams that they were OK, with Heylen evaluated and released from the infield care center.
RESULTS: Chevrolet Sports Car Classic