Cadillac asserted its dominance during the initial stages of the 66th Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, as its two cars secured first and second place at the conclusion of the first four hours. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R piloted by Renger van der Zande, Jordan Taylor, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, held onto the lead for the majority of the race, while the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani, and Eric Curran also impressed, eventually finishing 1-2.
Van der Zande, Taylor, and Hunter-Reay, who started on pole position, maintained their superiority over the opposition, crossing the checkered flag on Lap 57 with a gap of over 19 seconds between the two Cadillacs. At times, the No. 10 car encountered some difficulty when the car began to overheat, but the trio of drivers managed to keep the car at the top of the leaderboard.
The No. 31 Whelen Engineering car, which started third on the grid, consistently kept pace and was able to put up a fight against the No. 10 Cadillac. The car, piloted by Derani, Nasr, and Curran, initially fell behind early in the race. However, the drivers managed to make up the deficit, eventually finishing second and solidifying the Cadillac 1-2 finish.
The performance of the Cadillacs proved to be unparalleled, as the rest of the field lagged behind. The No. 7 Acura Team Penske of Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor, and Alexander Rossi, finished third, while the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P of Tristan Nunez, Olivier Pla, and Timo Bernhard, rounded out the top four.
The 4-hour mark saw the No. 10 and No. 31 Cadillacs running in front of the pack, with the two cars having completed a total of 54 and 52 laps, respectively. As the race progresses, the two Cadillacs will be looking to build on their strong start, and maintain their lead over the rest of the field.
At the conclusion of the first four hours, the No. 10 and No. 31 Cadillacs dominated the competition, having secured first and second place respectively. The two cars have set the standard for the rest of the race, and the duo of drivers will be looking to continue their impressive performance for the remainder of the event.