by Beth Wyse
The pole sitters for the P2, GTS and GT classes all had their times disallowed following post-qualifying technical inspection in preparation for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. A total of five cars had their times disallowed for various infractions, and they will all have to start the race from the back of the grid.
In the P2 class, the No. 56 Team Bucknum Racing Pilbeam MP91/Nissan was disallowed because the car failed the stall test. With the car heading to the back of the field, the No. 8 Rand Racing Yokohama ADVAN Lola B2K/40/Nissan assumed the pole position.
In GTS, the No. 4 Corvette C5-R of Corvette Racing was found to have wing end plates that were out of compliance. The No. 3 Corvette will now sit at the front of the GTS field.
The No. 71 Dodge Viper GTS-R of Carsport America qualified third in GTS, but their time was disallowed because of incorrect restrictors. The technical infractions of the Corvette and the Viper put both of the Barron Connor Racing Ferrari 575 GTC entries in the second and third spots on the class grid.
Because the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R qualified last among the field, now half of the GTS class is starting from the rear of the grid.
In the GT class, the first and third qualifiers also had their times disallowed. The No. 43 BAM! Porsche GT3 RS was found to have their front splitter out too far. According to a representative of the team, the car was found to be in compliance during technical inspections during the morning and prior to qualifying. The splitter was found to be 2mm too long after qualifying.