McAleer tames Sebring Prototype Challenge race

March 14, 2019

McAleer tames Sebring Prototype Challenge race

March 14, 2019

Stevan McAleer won the IMSA Prototype Challenge race today at Sebring International Raceway by a margin of more than 11 seconds in a starting field of 25 Michelin-shod cars.

The 25-car field for IMSA Prototype Challenge at Sebring. Photo: Michelin North America

While the rest of the front-runners used two drivers during the one hour, 45-minute race on a hot Florida afternoon, McAleer drove from start to finish to take the victory.

“It’s not easy,” said a sweat-soaked McAleer in victory lane, who drove for Robillard Racing with Muehlner Motorsports in a Norma M30 LMP3 car.

“To do an hour and 45 [minutes] stint at Sebring was rough. The last 30 minutes was tough, but I had an absolute blast out there. We didn’t get the qualifying pace that I wanted, but I knew the Robillard Racing team would give us the race pace.

“I’m super psyched and super happy, coming off the Daytona race, which was a big disappointment. This is my favorite track in the world, so what a cool spot to win it.”

IMSA Prototype Challenge podium. Photo: Michelin North America

The duo of Rodrigo Pflucker and Austin McCusker (Forty7 Motorsports) started from the pole, and finished as runners-up to McAleer, while third-place went to Matthew Bell and James McGuire (K2R Motorsports).

The Michelin Man led off the race by waving the green flag, which is linked here from three different vantage points (head on, ground, pit lane).

Round three of the 2019 IMSA Prototype Challenge series takes place May 5 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

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