BRASELTON, Ga. (February 4, 2003) -- An all-star lineup consisting of three former Formula One drivers has been announced by British manufacturer Bentley for the second of two Prototype race cars it will field in its North American racing debut in...
BRASELTON, Ga. (February 4, 2003) -- An all-star lineup consisting of three former Formula One drivers has been announced by British manufacturer Bentley for the second of two Prototype race cars it will field in its North American racing debut in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Johnny Herbert and Mark Blundell, both of England, and Australian David Brabham will team up in an effort to win America's oldest sports car race, which will be run Mar. 12-15 at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway and will kick off the 2003 season for the American Le Mans Series.
Herbert was part of the winning factory Audi team in last year's Sebring event and is a three-time winner in Formula One competition. He has driven for ADT Champion Racing the past two seasons on the ALMS and will return to the team for the rest of the season after Sebring. Brabham, who drove for the factory Panoz team the past four years, has seven career American Le Mans Series wins and is a former class winner at Sebring. Both Herbert and Blundell are former winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The driver lineup for the other Bentley entry was announced in early January. Defending American Le Mans Series champion Tom Kristensen of Denmark will be joined by his Audi co-driver from the past two years, Rinaldo "Dindo" Capello of Italy, as well as veteran driver Guy Smith of England. Kristensen and Capello are two-time Sebring winners, with Capello part of the winning team the past two years.
After an absence from racing of 71 years, Bentley returned with an entry at Le Mans in 2001 and finished third. The beautiful closed-roof racer also competed in the French endurance racing classic in 2002 and finished fourth. The participation in Sebring will mark the first time that a factory Bentley has raced in the United States since an entry in the Indianapolis 500 in 1922. The Bentley entries, which will be sponsored by Breitling, will run on Michelin tires at Sebring and Le Mans for the first time.
The six "Bentley Boys" will also race together in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway. Ticket information is available online at www.sebringraceway.com or by calling (863) 655-1442, or toll-free in Florida (800) 626-RACE. Four classes of American Le Mans Series cars will compete in the event, and some 60 cars are expected to take the green flag.
The race will be televised live from flag-to-flag by the SPEED Channel, with live coverage by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web online at www.americanlemans.com.