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2014 USCR (Sebring 12): Bruno Junqueira Captures Second Prototype Challenge Class Pole in Three Years for RSR Racing at Historic Sebring Event
Posted by: newsla on Mar 15, 2014 - 07:39 AM
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2014 USCR (Sebring 12): Bruno Junqueira Captures Second Prototype Challenge Class Pole in Three Years for RSR Racing at Historic Sebring Event


After spending more than a week in the warm sun of Florida, the East Lansing, Michigan based RSR Racing team placed their name in the record book as the Prototype Challenge Pole Winners for the 62nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. Bruno Junqueira set a blistering lap to capture the team's second Twelve Hours of Sebring PC class pole position in three years. In the second event of the TUDOR United Sports Car Challenge, RSR Racing has taken the first step to put the misfortunes of Daytona behind them.

 

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Junqueira, who paced most of the practice sessions in the Chevrolet powered 09 LinospressoUSA.com Oreca LMP-09, set best lap time of 1:54.839 at 117.242 mph around the 3.74-mile racetrack. The lap outpaced the second place qualifier by nearly eight-tenths of a second on the hot greasy track.

"I am very happy to be on the pole," said Junqueira. "The track is very slippery so I was able to have a car that was good in some parts of the track and not in others. I was able to get a really good lap, push 100% and was surprised by the big gap over P2. The race is different, it's a long twelve hour race. But I am very happy with the RSR Racing team and the LinospressoUSA.com car."

Tagliani who qualified the number 08 AutoMaxUSa.com Oreca FLM-09 wasn't able to set the lap time he wanted and qualified in the sixth position with a lap time of 1:56.253.

When the historic events kicks-off tomorrow morning for the once around the clock event, Junqueira will share the driving duties with season long teammate Duncan Ende and endurance driver David Heinemeier Hansson in the number 09 LinospressoUSA.com car. Tagliani will be joined by teammate Chris Cumming in 08 AutoMaxUSA.com Oreca LMP-09 along with endurance driver Rusty Mitchell.

For information on the RSR Racing team and all of their drivers, follow us on Twitter @RSR_Racing and find us on Facebook.

Watch the entire 62nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hour of Sebring powered by Fresh from Florida with coverage of the green flag on Fox Sports 1 starting a 10:00am Eastern Time. Switch over to IMSA.com for live streaming all the way to the checkered flag starting at 1:00pm.
Weekend Quotes from RSR Racing Drivers

Duncan Ende on the Sebring
"It's hard to say what my favorite thing about Sebring is. To me it is the premier endurance race in America. Sebring has the atmosphere, and the fans; it's a special and really unique race.

"Winning this race is definitely at the top of my list. Until you do it, you can never really know how it feels. I have been close a couple of times, haven't quite gotten there and there's nothing I'd rather have."

Alex Tagliani on the Twelve Hours of Sebring
"It's a race that has carried a lot of history over the years. It is a tough track to get everything right, it is difficult. It's one of the hardest races to get right and win. To be able to be at Sebring with the RSR Racing team means a lot and hopefully we can make it happen.

"It is always good to have your name on the winning list for 12 hour Sebring race and add that to your resume. As I said it is a difficult track and if you able to come out of here a winner it looks really good on your racing resume."

Rusty Mitchell on racing at Sebring
"I look forward the race, to get out there and get after it with people. There is a lot of build up before the race and I want to get through those days and actually race. You want to get to seven or eight o'clock at night and hopefully you have a chance.

"Winning would be huge, especially the 12 hours of Sebring. If you could put your name up there with some of the guys who have won this event there would nothing better so far in my career."

Bruno Junqueira on what it takes to win at Sebring
"I look forward to the race, it's a long race, 12 hours usually very hot to start and cools down at night. So the racer has to be patient but very aggressive at the end. Usually few cars on the lead lap at end of the race so you have to save your car for the eleven hours and it's always very intense. It is a very bumpy track, very challenging for the driver, high-speed corner, I love it, one of my favorite races. It would be great to win. Sebring is one on top of list I want to win this year."

Chris Cumming on competing in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hour of Sebring
"To me Sebring is all about history, this being the 62nd annual and my fourth one I am honored to be in a race like this. I like that you have to deal a whole bunch of conditions throughout the day, it get really hot and greasy during the afternoon and then it gets dark and cools off, and you have a completely different race track. That's a challenge for driver and set-up and whoever gets it right has the good chance to win the race.

"This is one of the big ones on the schedule. We were lucky enough to win Petit Le Mans last year and this would be even bigger. I would love to win this one before my career is over."

David Heimemeier Hansson on the 12 Hour Event
"The race itself is just an event. Twelve hours is a perfect amount of time to be beaten senseless around this racetrack. Such a big field and the track suits multi-class racing. You have to contend with the traffic but it's still possible to get around it, which is definitely my idea of fun. The track is not that difficult but it is difficult to stay on the track for twelve hours."


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