Sebastien Bourdais, driving the No.5 Mustang Sampling/JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi V.R took an improbable victory in Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring IMSA race following a rear wing failure, however, the Frenchman held on to claim victory and speaking following the race he said:
“I’m just really lucky that I didn’t stuff it in Turn 17 before I made the adjustments. “That was a very, very close call there. At the same time, thankfully I had enough of a gap to (Tincknell) that he didn’t pass us by the time I collected myself. I didn’t know it was the rear wing until I got out of the car (in victory lane), but I knew something had happened aerodynamically.”
Every corner that was coming, I was like, ‘Man, how am I going to do this one?’” “The flip side of (the broken wing) is that the car was extremely fast down the straightaway, too. I was very hard to pass there.
“I don’t know. Sometimes with the gods of racing, you don’t know what’s happening. You just take it and move on. That was one of the most improbable situations that I’ve ever been a part of that turned out in a good way.”
“It was a very late call to the pits, so I was scrambling to get everything undone in time. “I was trying to get back to pit road and there was a car there. I had no other place to go. … I feel bad for the team. Everybody was doing a fantastic job. The car was fast.”