• Mar 21, 2010
Unfortunately for Jaguar, the only XKR to make it to the finish of the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring was the green and black pace car. Sebring was to have been the full-season competition debut for the new JaguarRSR XKR GT2, but it looks like team has a lot more work to do before the car's a potential race winner. After consistently running near the bottom of the GT2 class time charts in practice and qualifying, the race proved to be the icing on a stale cake.

Less than an hour into the 12-hour enduro, the XKR pulled into the pits with team principal Paul Gentilozzi only having completed 11 laps. It's been reported that one of the cylinder heads on the 5.0-liter V8 cracked, an issue that couldn't be resolved in the pits or paddock in time to get the car back in the race. Hopefully, the team will take the lessons of Sebring and be able to implement some changes before the next event at Long Beach in four weeks. It'd be great to see the Jag in contention with the Ferraris, Porsches and Corvettes.

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JaguarRSR TAKES GREEN FLAG IN SEBRING, COOLING ISSUE ENDS RACE EARLY

After all the hard work, all the long hours, the JaguarRSR team took the green flag to kick off the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron season today in Sebring, Florida.

It was a good feeling for the JaguarRSR team on the 58th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida grid this morning. The crew stood proudly by the beautiful #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT as the race-day crowds flooded through the open grid taking photos and getting up close to see the anticipated new addition to the series/Sebring event. If looks could kill, that would be an understatement. Ready to start the fight, Paul Gentilozzi was buckled into the driver's seat and took the green flag this morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. The car made a successful start and things were progressing well in the opening laps before a cooling issue occurred about 15 minutes into the race.

"We ran the first few laps and saw the water temperature start to rise," said Paul Gentilozzi, JaguarRSR Principle Partner and co-driver. "We brought the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT into the pits at that point and did what we were able to do in the pit lane. We tried some things that we knew were possible causes of that issue. We then went back out and ran it a couple more laps. At that point the problem was still there so we decided to bring it back to the truck so that we could have the entire team work on it, because in pitlane you can only have four people working on the car. Once the JaguarRSR crew was able to fully assess the problem, we determined that we were unable to fix it in a satisfactory manner here at the race track in the time allotted. Rather than risk damage to the car, we decided to end the race. It is a very long season; it is a very tough fight for everybody this year. We will head back to the race shop, do the best that we can to address the problem and begin Long Beach ready to fight."

Gentilozzi added, "I can't say enough of how good the JaguarRSR team was. The have worked hard, long hours, week after week, day after day. They put in the time to make this car a better racecar and I think the results showed on track this weekend with the improvement in our times. Never once was there a time where anyone looked like that had any quit in them. Every problem that we have been dealt, these guys have responded to with vigor and excitement about the program and the car. We are just going to keep moving forward, no one is ever going to give up."

The American Le Mans Series returns to North America's premier street event - the Long Beach Grand Prix. Round 2, the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach will take place April 16-17, a much shorter event in both terms of race prep and duration, consisting of only two on-track days and a race time allotment of only 1 hour and 40 minutes. Gentilozzi and his squad are no strangers to this track, so it should be exciting to see the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT fly around on the streets of downtown Long Beach, California.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Pwned
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least they didnt shoot themselves in the foot like the vette boys. Cant believe they made a rookie mistake. Havent they learn anything from the peugeots in 2009 lemans?
        • 4 Years Ago
        He is talking about this brilliant pitstop by Corvette Racing.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5lJT7-Z00U
        • 4 Years Ago
        Could you explain pwetty please? I don't get to watch this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was astounding. The kind of mistake I never expected them to make. I was surprised to hear Fehan's comments on it too, he seemed to make out like it was just the way it goes but really it was a very dumb, completely avoidable mistake.

        Watch the video though, and see how the 3 car was punted several feet over. It's amazing to me that there was seemingly nothing broken on the 3 car except for body panels. No suspension problems. That's quite a durable car.

        Then later the Corvette guys had a headlight go out and it was rather difficult to change it because of the production-based design of the new car. The commentators said this was a race the Corvette guys would love to forget, but really it's vitally important that they remember this one. Remember it and never make the same pitstop mistake and also figure out how to avoid having to change headlights in the middle of a race. Either find a way to keep the two you have from going out or add more, like on the Ford GT-R, so that if one goes out you can keep racing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Come on guy, you could at least check out the races page where it's the top news link:

        http://www.americanlemans.com/primary1.php?cat=news|14621
      • 4 Years Ago
      AB - "It'd be great to see the Jag in contention with the Ferraris, Porsches and Corvettes." you're missing the very strong BMW's too I'd think but you guys left them out cause the Jags just have no chance against the BMW's? (haha)

      @audi_arena

      I wouldn't say the Porsches were lackluster, Bergmiester was simply unlucky because of the ill prepared Falken car which caused some serious damage to Berg's Flying Lizard, even still he managed to place 4th. I think that is a job well done.

      However, Falken's own rookie mistake (their hub was clearly damaged after this first wheel falling off yet neglecting this and put a new wheel on with the same hub, the nut didn't lock what so ever) which caused their wheel to fly into Berg. I'm not sure if there is a rule about the car's soundness after a repair before sending it out again but if there is then Falken should be penalized.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AB; so you consider this to be the most newsworthy event of the race? I didn't even know a team was running a Jag in GT2. How about focusing on the epic fail of the corvette team, or the dominance of Jamie Melo, or how strong the M3's ran, or how lackluster the Porsches were...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Danny Binks (great team manager) just had a bad day all around.

      #3 Did a pitstop, got itself penalized for speeding on pit road, Came in too hot. They also found a problem with the power steering pump. This is where the whole day went to $hiite. After the penalty was served, I clearly hear Mr. B (or was it Doug Fehann) order him to take the car straight to the garage to fix the power steering problem.

      Here comes the Crap storm:

      A). The car promptly got wedged in the opening at the end of the pit wall, because he was trying to go there from the penalty box. Bad angle to the opening. He would have made it from the pit lane. Lost about two or three mins. at racing speed here.

      B). The car was promptly assessed another penalty, because you are not allowed to service the car on a penalty stop. Now the #3 is down 8 freaking laps.

      C). During a yellow flag, the #3 came in for service. Mr. B, whose 'sponsibility it is to supervise the pit stop and RELEASE the car, was on his knees cleaning out the air ducts at the front of the car. Once he was finished cleaning the duct, he released the car, before he had even gotten up to check pit lane traffic. Monster CRUNCH.....

      Repairs cost the #3 another 2 laps and the #4 8 laps. :((


      Shake it off boys, you are all better than this.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Although there wasn't side-by-side full contact racing in GT2 like we've seen in 2007 or at 2009 Laguna Seca, GT2 still managed to provide a ton of excitement and keep us guessing.

      I never would have expected the BMWs to compete so well. And I didn't expect we'd see two teams have collisions between their own team cars, with one team finishing first and the other last!
      • 4 Years Ago
      @zamafir: That requires to have at least basic clue about all those Le Mans and/or GT series, which I don't have... Only thing I keep track about is F1. And sometimes I go to matech-concepts.ch to see how their GT does. (Without checking I wouldn't even know which GT series they do race in.)

      anyways, thank you guys :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Jag broke down? *GASP*SHOCKED FACE*
      • 4 Years Ago
      Three thoughts come to mind immediately:

      Does lucas manufacturer cylinder heads?

      Where is Bob Tulius when you need him?

      I forget the third one.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Let this be a reminder to never buy your brains from Lucas.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lol, sounds like John Phillips found this thread.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought the Jag was brought down with a Lucas issue. oh well
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lets hope this is not a sign of the future reliability of the new 5.0L-V8
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad--the street XK is good enough to deserve the exposure of a win (or at least a finish). It's got that classic, Rolls-Royce-patented "waftability."

      'Course, the street one probably breaks down too...
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