944 Cup Raring to go at Sebring
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Article by Patti Mascone


48 Hours of Sebring
Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Florida
January 31-February 2, 2014

Whether it was the rare slippery track or an early calendar start, the 944 Cup opener dashed the high hopes of many racers who had traveled there to escape the wintry off-season that was engulfing much of the nation. Although the 36-car grid, comprised of Cup and Super Cup, safely negotiated the first sprint, competitors were greeted with a fiery, oily engine failure from Robert Booth's 1990 S2 at the start of sprint two. After a total of three restarts-the others due to chain reaction crashes-only 16 Porsches were left rolling at the finish.

Sunday's enduro tested the racers' patience again, during an extended caution that closed the pits. When the track went green, the opportunities for mandatory pit stops had already waned, leaving three contenders disqualified. Super Cup's Kerry Brown took the extended contest, while Patrick James (Cup) and Daniel Martinson (Super Cup) survived to come out with 2014's first point leads.