Panoz DeltaWing Racing ends fourth Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring 17 minutes too early

Panoz DeltaWing Racing had to end the race 17 minutes early due to a problem in the steering box causing the steering to fail. The DeltaWing lost all steering and therefore was unable to continue around the 17-turn Sebring track.
The day started well with Andy Meyrick taking the car from P11 to P4 in a double stint that was comparatively uneventful. As Katherine Legge took over, the skies opened and the thunderstorms that were forecast descended. The race continued and Legge put on a strong performance through the very difficult conditions before officials put out a red light about an hour in due to the imminent risk of lightening and the standing water on track. The session restarted and Legge returned to the wheel for a further 52 laps.

At seven hours 19 minutes in, Sean Rayhall took over and as the pace increased, Rayhall drove the DeltaWing’s fastest lap of the race in 1:54.766. With two hours and 15 minutes remaining and in P7, Meyrick got back behind the wheel and drove an exciting finish, reaching P6. Unfortunately, 17 minutes prior to the end of the race, an issue occurred within the steering box and Meyrick lost all steering rendering him unable to complete the race.

Adam Sinclair