Racers Edge 12 Hours of Sebring Recap
“Respect the Bumps”. A mantra that is repeated over and over again leading into one of the world’s toughest endurance sports car races, the 12 Hours of Sebring. This race got its start in 1952 in response to the sports world’s demand that racers find safer, more controlled places to race their cars. The solution to this was a 12-hour endurance race on a retired World War II Air Force base in the middle of the Florida countryside. What would follow would be an instant classic, and a race that would bring in some of the biggest names in motorsports and make some of the names we now revere the racers they are today.
When Racers Edge Motorsports was asked if they wanted to compete with our full-time team for SRO GT World Challenge America in the 12 Hours of Sebring, we jumped at the opportunity to show the racing world what we could do. The plan was to have Ashton Harrison pair up with Kyle Marcelli and Tom Long and compete in GTD PRO against teams such as the Team RLL BMWs, Weathertech Racing, and the Vasser Sullivan Lexus RCFs. Racers Edge Motorsports would team up with Wayne Taylor Racing for the event. Clearly, we were going to be competing against the highest level of professional sports car teams; we were excited yet focused.
In the two months leading up to the event, Racers Edge prepared for what would be one of the biggest events of the year and would be a great opportunity to compete in the GTD PRO field. The #93 Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 would be brought up to IMSA specs and the crew would modify some equipment while preparing for IMSA pit stops. All of the crew members at Racers Edge deserve a shoutout for their hard work in getting the team race ready for two months leading up to the 12 Hours of Sebring. With a new driver line up and a new livery, the Racers Edge Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing team rolled out the Tuesday of Race Week for the world-famous Sebring International Raceway.
After a day of setup on Wednesday, Thursday was to be a big practice day in which the Racers Edge team intended on getting as many laps as possible for the driver lineup. However, this would be hindered until the night practice by a mechanical issue that meant limited running before qualifying on Friday.
Friday morning Kyle Marcelli would recover from a big crash that occurred while racing another car in the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 support race and put the Acura NSX GT3 Evo22 up to 9th in class for the Saturday start. With limited running but a fully put together and sorted machine, Marcelli was able to tackle the historic racetrack and put in a time that would energize the group and build excitement for Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring.
The race on Saturday would be an exciting and consistent one for Racers Edge Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. Ashton Harrison would get her first laps in a GT3 endurance race and would do quite well. All three drivers put in consistent lap times and began to really coax the speed out of the NSX. With flawless pit stops from the Racers Edge crew, a solid 12 Hour run began to come together. The drivers and crew battled intense Florida heat, familiar to the Florida based crew, and came away with an 8th place finish in class.
Overall, the weekend brought many positive takeaways and a great look into the depth of Racers Edge Motorsports talent. The crew proved reliable, dedicated, and consistent, and the drivers put in a great run while gaining speed and experience in the NSX throughout. The team is excited to parlay this 12 Hours of Sebring run into the first race of the SRO GT World Challenge America season at Sonoma on April 15-17.