With Its Fifth Place Finish At Sebring, Pfaff Motorsports still leads IMSA WeatherTech Championship
THE PACE OF THE PLAID PORSCHE MAY HAVE NOT BEEN THERE TO TAKE THE FIGHT TO THE CORVETTE AND COMPANY BUT THE EXECUTION WAS WITHOUT A FAULT
They gave it all over the course of the Sebring weekend and unfortunately throughout the race you could see the Corvette and Lamborghini had a much better race pace.
Nonetheless, Pfaff Motorsports kept at it and salvaged a fifth place that keeps them in the lead as Matt Campbell mentioned. “For sure, the biggest positive of the race is that we still have the championship lead and that we were able to finish the race. We wanted to be up further, but it’s clear that our competition was just too quick for us, unfortunately. We were able to salvage the best out of a bad situation. It’s not where we wanted to be, but in the end, we were smart in our race to be able to get as many points for our championship.”
As for Mathieu Jaminet, he praised the team for their great job in the pits and the fact they kept on working on different strategy trying to keep up with the competitors: “We quickly realized we didn’t have the pace to fight for more. We were just lacking pace all day long and it was a tough fight. In the end, we had a clean run, and the team did a great job in the pits. We tried some things on strategy and even sometimes when we were in front, we couldn’t just keep up, and lost positions in the battles because we were too slow. We maximized the package and got some good points with P5. Now, we need to analyze and see what we can improve for Long Beach.”
Felipe Nasr had a busy weekend as he competed in both the 100miles of Sebring with Penske and the Twelve Hours of Sebring with Pfaff Motorsports: “I was happy to be back with the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche for this weekend at Sebring. It was a busy weekend for me, going back and forth from the WEC race and into the IMSA commitments, but was a great experience to have another run in the car here at Sebring and being able to work closely with the team. “I felt like we did everything we could to keep the car running in the top five all day long. It was a difficult race for us, and it’s frustrating because we all wanted to be up there fighting for another win. Having great execution, great pit stops, great driving from Mathieu and Matt, the calls on strategy, everything else was looking good. But when you look at the result, we weren’t quite there to fight for that victory. There’s a lot to analyze and understand, but we move on and it’s still points for the championship. My job here was to help them the most I could in the endurance races, and when we don’t have the car to win, we have the car to score the maximum points and I feel today is one of those days. We’ll keep working for a better one next time. “
The next race on the calendar is the Grand Prix of Long Beach the weekend of April 8-10. This will mark the first WeatherTech Sprint Cup event of the 2022 season with the 1 hour 40 minutes race.
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