Ian James, #23 team win 12 Hours of Sebring

Who doesn’t love when a plan comes together? That’s what happened for our friend Ian James and his teammates of the #23 Heart of Racing Team Seattle Porsche in the IMSA 12 Hours of Sebring.

Ian and teammates, Mario Farnbacher and Alex Riberas, claimed the GTD title on Saturday in the 12 Hours of Sebring and not after experiencing some challenges like losing their rear bumper after a puncture. Having sorted the issue, the three drivers put the foot down and clawed back into contention.

Farnbacher ran wide after immense pressure from Jeroen Bleekemolen’s Viper but with just five minutes to go, the Viper suffered engine problems leaving the #23 Porsche to take the win.

Inherited or not, you have to finish endurance racing to win and that’s the game. The #23 Porsche had its own drama but remained stedfast and on target.

A long-time friend of FBC, Ian James is one of the nicest people you will meet and the win couldn’t happen to a better guy. The team races for charity and the win is Alex Job Racings 10th win at Sebring.

Congratulations to Ian and the entire #23 team for a great class victory!

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Paul KieferJr

….and honorable mention to Conor Daly. He drove the fastest laps of all and helped his PC #38 team get 3rd in its class, earning him the “Spirit of the Race” award.

Tom Firth

Will have some more thoughts on the rest the race later today, apologies for the delay. Congratulations to the Team Seattle AJR guys, was really cool to see them win the class. It was a moment of disbelief when minutes from the end, the car went off track and let the Riley folks through. Glad got it back though :-) I did however really enjoy the hard fought battle Riley Technologies and AJR Team Seattle throughout, both teams really deserved to win this one, It was cruel what happened to the Viper guys that close to the end, but that… Read more »

Negative Camber

Gee…look at that fierce battle between all those Corvettes. Hmmm…amazing how that happened. Those Vettes must really be great cars. how sad.

Tom Firth

Sorry I’m not really understanding what you are mean? The Corvette racing entry in GTLM won as Porsche’s effort went down the toilet, the Porsche effort was faster, but not stronger. I don’t see the conspiracy. The DP Vette that won the race, won on pace and reliability, and it was light years ahead of any DP/P2 car out there at the end, so clearly the team found something that worked better than any of the others. Krohn’s Ligier’s issue was not one of pace of the car, it was lapping alot quicker than the leaders in the closing stages,… Read more »