It’s Sean Rayhall In IMSA Lites
“We were racing hard,” Goldburg said. “I followed my teammate Ryan (Booth) into Turn 1 and I got a little off of my line. I hit a bump and the whole thing ended up coming around on me.”
The green flag flew again on lap 12 giving third-place Goikhberg a strong run on Ryan Booth for second position, but his momentum was slowed by another full course caution brought out when Owen Kratz spun in Turn 7 and collected Jim Garrett’s Eurosport Racing car.
The next restart gave Ryan Booth the break he needed to pass Sean Rayhall for the lead, which he held onto until the checkered flag flew two laps later.
“I didn’t know if I was going to pull out the win today because I was in second for most of the race,” Booth said. “I got a few breaks with the full-course cautions and just barely squeezed by Rayhall at the end in turn one. I’m super stoked and want to thank everyone at Performance Tech for giving me an awesome car.”
Booth’s victory was his second win in Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda competition. His first win came at the end of the 2012 race season in Race 1 at Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda.
Second-place finisher Rayhall was sorry to let the win get away from him but took away plenty of positives from his first weekend of racing in 2013 at Sebring International Raceway, including the fact that he set another new race lap record to match his efforts yesterday with a time of 1:58.732, as well as a record qualifying lap of 1:58.824.
“We maintained the lead for a long time, but got hit in the left rear and ended up losing the lead near the end of the race,” Rayhall said. “It was a solid performance though and I can’t wait to get back on track again with these guys to fight for a win. My team did a great job getting my car ready today after a mechanical issue yesterday.”
Mikhail Goikhberg of JDC Motorsports earned a repeat of his Race 1 performance at Sebring with another third place finish, although his second podium of the weekend did not come easily.
“It was a good race today and we luckily grabbed a third place finish again today,” Goikhberg said. “It was a little scary at the end because I got passed on the last lap but luckily I got it back before the checkered flag came out. We’ve got to keep working on the car and all of our thoughts now move to our next race in Laguna.”