THE 60TH MOBIL 1 TWELVE HOURS OF SEBRING FUELED BY FRESH FROM FLORIDA
(MAIN) Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s new HPD ARX- 03a gets a typical Sebring workout during pre-event esting. (BELOW LEFT) Klaus Graf says staying out of trouble and out of the pits is half the battle. (BELOW) Corvette newbie Jordan Taylor soaks up some advice from Jan Magnussen.
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shown promising speed in testing, in
basketball terms, the gasoline-powered car
is still about a 5 or 6 seed stacked against
Audi’s diesel trio of No. 1 seeds.
Graf, the team’s lead driver, has played
the “giant-killing” role for Muscle Milk in
the endurance races, maximizing his car’s
potential even if it’s shy of the diesel pace.
“You have to be careful your mindset
doesn’t go too much toward the
competition,” he notes. “It’s easy to get
sucked into the ‘speed frenzy,’ but you get
up there as much by just staying out of
the pits. Our intent is to be competitive
with the Audis, but we want to finish
first, and get the big points haul.”
Audi enters Sebring as presumptive
favorites, and as last manufacturer
standing for the WEC in this race.
Disappointingly for the WEC, Peugeot
pulled out over major sales and financial
woes, rather than its on-track performance,
and Toyota’s new TS030 Hybrid won’t make
its racing debut until the next round at
Spa-Francorchamps in May. Audi, then,
brings three of its 2011-spec R18 turbo-
diesels, not its hybrid model, to Sebring.