The de Ferran Motorsports team endured a frustrating weekend on the streets of St Petersburg after electrical issues forced the #66 XM Acura out of the second round of the American Le Mans Series season.
Simon Pagenaud and Gil de Ferran had started the race from pole position with de Ferran building a lead over Scott Sharp in the opening stages before the team lost out with the timing of a caution period – which arrived shortly after de Ferran had handed the car over to Pagenaud.
However, that was to prove the least of the teams worries as an electrical issue on the ARX-02a sidelined the car and saw the pair lose more ground to Sharp and David Brabham in the championship standings.
“We're obviously disappointed not to get to the end of this race, particularly after such a good start," de Ferran said. "I feel sorry for the whole team who really - together with the Acura engineers - gave us a great car this weekend. We were running really well.
“Just before my pit stop, I started having trouble with the tyres. And then, once Simon got into the car, we started having electrical issues, which eventually led to our retirement from the race. We had a great pace and we are looking forward to the race in Long Beach in two weeks."
Pagenaud was equally frustrated not to take full advantage of the pace of the car to fight for victory.
"The car was showing a great pace when Gil drove," he said. "My stint was starting really well, but then I started experiencing some electrical issues - the car was just dying and I would re-start it and it would just die again. We just didn't have much time to find the problem and fix it."