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Old 02-21-2012, 07:12 PM
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60th Anniversary Sebring 12 Hour Race Entry

The 60th Anniversary Sebring 12 Hour Race is going to be amazing!! The WEC Entry alone is showing a large P1 and P2 entry of 30 cars (their cap). The ALMS entry is looking like 35 cars for a potential 65 car field taking the Green Flag! The Pit Lane has been extended to accomodate the bigger entry and it is going to be one kick ass event not to be missed!!! March 17th - be there! Let me know if you are planning on being there - I'll get you into some pretty neat stuff!!!



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LE MANS - 21 February 2012

Sebring Entry List Takes Shape with an Impressive Line Up of 30 Cars

The entry list for the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship has been unveiled with an exciting entry of 30 cars for the 12 Hours of Sebring on the 17th March 2012. Over half the grid will consist of Le Mans Prototypes, which is split evenly at nine cars for LMP1 and nine for LMP2, with five entries for LMGTE Pro and seven for LMGTE Am.

The first ever grid for the FIA World Endurance Championship will be truly international and feature teams from eight different countries (France, Germany, Switzerland, USA, Great Britain, UAE, Argentina and Italy) and drivers from at least twenty nations.

The LMP1 entry is headed by three Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18s, which boasts a line up of 8 Le Mans 24 Hour winners, including 2011 victors André Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer and Marcel Fässler in the nr1 Audi. The second Audi entry is crewed by Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Dindo Capello, who between them possess no less than thirteen wins at Sebring, including victories as teammates in 2006 and 2009. The third Audi will be crewed by 2008 12 Hours of Sebring winners Timo Berhnard and Romain Dumas, with the identity of their teammate still to be unveiled by the team.

Rebellion Racing are fielding a two car entry with the nr12 Lola B12/60 Coupe Toyota driven by Nicolas Prost, Neel Jani and Nick Heidfeld and the nr13 Lola Toyota crewed by Andrea Belicchi, Harold Primat and Jereon Bleekemolen. Oak Racing will enter a single Pescarolo-Judd with Guillaume Moreau as the lead driver and will be the only LMP1 car using Dunlop rubber against the eight other Michelin shod entries.

The Pescarolo Team will have one entry in Sebring with 2008 Sebring winner Emmanuel Collard being joined by Jean-Christophe Bouillion and Julien Jousse to form an all French line up in the Pescarolo-Judd.

Strakka Racing is the first of two British teams racing an HPD ARX 03a-Honda and also features an all British line up with Nick Leventis, Danny Watts and Jonny Kane sharing the driving duties in Florida.

The second British team is JRM, which make their endurance racing debut after a successful season in 2011 when they won the FIA GT1 World Driver’s Championship with Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr. Their drivers for Sebring will be 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours winner David Brabham, who is joined by Karun Chandhok and Peter Dumbreck.

The nine car LMP2 entry is headed by 2011 ILMC LMP2 Champions Signatech Nissan with Olivier Lombard, Franck Mailleux and Jordan Tresson forming the second all French team. Tresson has impressed since winning the Nissan GT Academy in 2010 after beating 1.2 million other online gamers in a special version of Grand Turismo on the Sony Playstation. He then went on to become the 2011 Blancpain Endurance Series GT4 Champion and now makes his next big step to racing Le Mans Prototypes.

Oak Racing are fielding a Morgan-Judd alongside their LMP1 entry with Jacques Nicolet is the lead driver. The car marks the return to endurance racing for the quintessential British car manufacturer 40 years after it won its class at Le Mans in 1962.

British team ADR-Delta are running a Oreca 03-Nissan for Australian John Martin and Britain’s Robbie Kerr and Tor Graves.

Gulf Racing Middle East with run a pair of Nissan powered Lola B12/80 Coupés with Fabien Giroix heading the crew for the n28 car and Frédéric Fatien the nr29 Lola. The Lotus team is running a single Lola B12/80 Coupé with Thomas Holzer the lead driver in Florida.

Greaves Motorsport is the sole Zytek entry, with the Z11SN being powered by a Nissan engine. Christian Zugel, Ricardo Gonzalez and Julian Elton with crew the British entry.

Starworks Motorsport are the first of two American teams on the grid with the HPD ARX03b-Honda driven by Vicente Potolicchio, Ryan Dalziel and 2007 LMS Champion Stéphane Sarrazin. The final LMP2 entry is the Pecom Racing entered Oreca 03-Nissan of Luis Perez Companc, Pierre Kaffer and Soheil Ayari.

The five car LMGTE Pro entry will be a straight fight between three icons of GT racing, Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin.

2011 ILMC LMGTE Pro Champions AF Corse are running two Ferrari 458 Italias with Giancarlo Fisichella and Gianmaria Bruni in the nr51 car and 2010 FIA GT1 World Champion Andrea Bertolini racing with Le Mans Class winner Olivier Beretta in the nr71 Ferrari.

French team Luxury Racing is also running the Ferrari 458 Italia, with Frédéric Makowiecki the lead driver.

Team Felbermayr-Proton entered Porsche 997 RSR will be crewed by Richard Lietz, Marc Lieb and Patrick Pilet, while the Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 will see Stefan Mücke, Adrian Fernandez and Darren Turner taking their turn behind the wheel in Florida in the cars first international race.

The LMGTE Am entry of seven cars will feature the mighty Corvettes take on the challenge of Ferrari and Porsche. 2011 ILMC LMGTE Am Champions Larbre Competition are running a pair of Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 with Pedro Lamy, Julien Canal and Patrick Bornhauser in the nr50 car and Jean-Philippe Belloc, Pascal Gibon and Christophe Bourret in the nr70 Chevrolet.

British team JWA-Avila is the first of two Porsche entries, with the 911 RSR driven by Allan Simonsen, Markus Palttala and Paul Daniels on Dunlop tyres, while the Michelin shod Team Felbermayr-Proton Porsche will see Christian Ried, Gianluca Roda and Paolo Ruberti.

AF Corse are running a third Ferrari 458 Italia alongside their pair of LMGTE Pro entered cars, with double Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR team owner Michael Waltrip racing with fellow American Robert Kauffman and Portugal’s Rui Aguas.

Luxury Racing’s second Ferrari 458 will be crewed by Pierre Ehret, Anthony Beltoise and François Jakubowski, while the third Ferrari 458 is entered by American team Krohn Racing will driven by Tracy Krohn, Niclas Jönsson and Michele Rugolo.

“We are very pleased to announce thirty entries for the first ever FIA World Endurance Championship race in the United States at Sebring,” said FIA WEC CEO Gérard Neveu. “With so many countries represented on the entry list, it is an international grid that truly symbolizes the newest World Championship co-organised by the FIA and the ACO. In addition please do not forget that Toyota will join us in LMP1 with a hybrid engine in the next round at Spa.”

The 12 Hours of Sebring will be the first race of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship and will be the 60th edition of the classic American race. The FIA WEC will also race in Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps), France (Le Mans), Great Britain (Silverstone), Brazil (São Paulo), Bahrain (BIC), Japan (Fuji) and China (Shanghai).

For more information on the FIA World Endurance Championship visit www.fiawec.com
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The 60th Anniversary Sebring 12 Hour Race is going to be amazing!! The WEC Entry alone is showing a large P1 and P2 entry of 30 cars (their cap). The ALMS entry is looking like 35 cars for a potential 65 car field taking the Green Flag! The Pit Lane has been extended to accomodate the bigger entry and it is going to be one kick ass event not to be missed!!! March 17th - be there! Let me know if you are planning on being there - I'll get you into some pretty neat stuff [/url]
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What day do we need to be there for some pretty stuff

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I will be at Sebring for the Friday session of SVRA 2 March, close but no carrot.
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Terry. What day do we need to be there for some pretty stuff Ken Graham.
Ken (or Kenny, not sure which one to use now ) as the Sebring 12 Hour overlaps March Break, wandering through the Green Field pretty much anytime you are going to see some "pretty stuff"!!

For many years, there was an RV set up right across from Race Control on the infield side and the delightful young lady who came with it took great pleasure in becoming less inhibited as the event progressed standing on the top of the vehicle and enjoying the sunshine sans the restrictions of too many (any) clothes. It made for the occasional delay in responding to an on-track situation as the Race Control Team fought over the binoculars for her latest activity. With a good set of binoculars, the Tropic Tan Show Stage a little farther into the infield could also provide some significant entertainment value.
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Ken (or Kenny, not sure which one to use now ) as the Sebring 12 Hour overlaps March Break, wandering through the Green Field pretty much anytime you are going to see some "pretty stuff"!!

For many years, there was an RV set up right across from Race Control on the infield side and the delightful young lady who came with it took great pleasure in becoming less inhibited as the event progressed standing on the top of the vehicle and enjoying the sunshine sans the restrictions of too many (any) clothes. It made for the occasional delay in responding to an on-track situation as the Race Control Team fought over the binoculars for her latest activity. With a good set of binoculars, the Tropic Tan Show Stage a little farther into the infield could also provide some significant entertainment value.
Terry.
I ventured over to the "Green Field" once in the early 80's...had heard about it for many years...but stayed away from it just like I avoided "The Bog" at The Glen.

The place was kinda funny actually..guy's standing on RV's with sign's "show us your ti*'s for a beer " they were harmless, just having fun.


Anyway, we'll be at registration on Wed..I'll call you from there.

Cheers....Ken or Kenny !
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Ken(ny)

Actually, the Green Field has significantly mellowed in the last several years. Too many fires and too much debauchery (there is such a thing as 'too much debauchery'?) prompted the powers that be to crank down and have things a little more subdued. Its still a 72 hour party though!! Just like the old days at Mosport and Tremblant in the 60's (at least those moments that occasionally flash back into my memory!!!)

Looking forward to seeing you there in a few short weeks!!! I'll be there from Monday till Sunday.
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60th Anniversary Sebring 12 Hour Race Entry

There are 64 ALMS/WEC cars, 34 Porsche GT3 Cup cars - including several Canadians - and 20 Prototype Lites cars entered for the Sebring 60th Anniversary 12 Hour race Weekend!!

Also there that weekend are:

IndyCar USF2000 Series
SCCA mazda MX5 Cup
Ferrari Club Racing Association
Vintage - SVRA

Its going to be an amazing event with a whole lot of Canadians heading down there. Its warm, its sunny, great racing - why don't you call in sick and be there too???
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Weather is forecast at 25-27 C and sunny all next week in Sebring!!
Heading down Monday night to be ready for Test Day Tuesday morning.
Apparently, they have a whole lot of 'Mature' drivers lined up for 'Meet & Greets' all week.

A quick scan through the media guide shows that a driver who drove our Porsche GT2 car in 1998 - John Morton - is in the top 5 with 20 Sebring 12 Hour starts including one overall win in 1994.

John Graham, who was the Team Owner of that car in 1998 and was a guest speaker at our banquet a couple of years ago, has started 10 Sebring 12 Hour Races - same number as Dan Gurney and Lucas Luhr.

Under the 'GT Fastest Race Laps' category, Ron Fellows shows up as setting the record in 1998 at 102.98 mph in our Porsche GT2 car. He drove with us at Sebring and Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta in the last race of the year.

The last race I drove was at Sebring in the Firehawk Support race in 1992. There is absolutely no mention of that in the Media Guide!
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