Sebring 12 Hours: Ganassi leads after PC crash red flag
|By Gary Watkins||Saturday, March 15th 2014, 19:15 GMT|
The Sebring 12 Hours was briefly red-flagged early in the fifth hour after an incident involving two Prototype Challenge cars at the final corner.
David Ostella ran wide in his Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA-Chevrolet FLM09 at Turn 17, clipped the barriers on the exit and bounced back in front of class leader Frankie Montecalvo's PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports entry.
The yellow flag was shown before the race was stopped courtesy of the amount of debris on the circuit.
Montecalvo, who shared his ORECA with Gunnar Jeannette and Mike Guasch, said: "I got caught up and had nowhere to go. It is disappointing because I had a good car and was staying out of trouble."
Neither driver is understood to have sustained any injuries in the accident.
The race, round two of the new United SportsCar Championship, was led by the #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford EcoBoost DP in the hands of Sage Karam at the time of the stoppage.
The reigning Indy Lights champion held a narrow lead over Sebastien Bourdais in the Action Express Coyote-Chevrolet Corvette DP, while David Brabham held third place in the best of the Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b LMP2s.
The GT Le Mans class was led by Tommy Milner in the #4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R from Dominik Farnbacher's SRT Viper GTS-R.
The race was quickly restarted behind the safety car after approximately five minutes.