“A problem in post-race technical inspection has disqualified the Lowe’s Fernandez Racing team from its second-place overall result in today’s race. By the rules, each class of engine has an air restrictor mandated by ALMS and only air that passes through this restrictor may be utilized by the engine. The rules require that if a plug were to be inserted into this restrictor, the engine would shut off if running or not start at all.”
“The Acura engine in the #15 Lowe’s ARX passed the “plug” test performed by HPD [Honda Performance Development] prior to the start of the race. However, when the test was performed by ALMS officials after the race, the engine did not shut off thereby disqualifying the car.”
“It has been found that the carbon fiber air intake system which holds the restrictor had broken sometime during the 12-hour rough ride around the Sebring circuit resulting in a leak which allowed the engine to continue to run when the plug was installed.”
“Proper measures will be taken to ensure this problem will not occur again, and we will be back stronger than ever at the next race in St. Petersburg. The Lowe’s Fernandez Racing team showed its strength today, and it was an exciting and productive race week here at Sebring.”
Statement from Tom Anderson, Lowe’s Fernandez Racing Co-Owner/Managing Director, on the team’s disqualification in the Twelve Hours of Sebring.