British teams bring variety to Sebring

British racing teams bringing variety to Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. BRASELTON, Ga. - Variety in race cars has always been enjoyed by enthusiastic fans of sports car racing and several British racing teams are contributing to the variety...

British racing teams bringing variety to Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

BRASELTON, Ga. - Variety in race cars has always been enjoyed by enthusiastic fans of sports car racing and several British racing teams are contributing to the variety that will be on display during the 52nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the opening race of the 2004 American Le Mans Series season Mar. 17-20.

Entries for America's oldest sports car race have been submitted by Rollcentre Racing and the Morgan works race team, both planning to race at Sebring with cars that are unique to their racing teams.

Rollcentre Racing, owned by veteran British sports car racer Martin Short, has entered a Dallara chassis with Judd power in the LMP1 class, the top Prototype class in the American Le Mans Series. The car was developed as a joint effort between Italian chassis builder Dallara and the French ORECA race team and performed well in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is one of the few built and is expected to be the only one of its kind racing at Sebring.

Short will co-drive at Sebring with fellow countryman Rob Barff and Portugal's Joao Barbosa.

Certainly one of the most unique-looking cars at Sebring will be the Morgan Aero 8 LMGT, entered as a factory effort in the event by the Morgan Motor Company of England. Morgan recently started an American marketing program by unveiling a road-going Aero 8 at the Los Angeles Auto Show and racing at Sebring is an extension of the program. If the car qualifies for Sebring, it will become the first Morgan to compete in an American Le Mans Series race.

Slated to drive the Morgan, which will compete in the GT class, are British pilots Keith Ahlers and Adam Sharpe along with Neil Cunningham of New Zealand.

The American Le Mans Series features four classes of race cars competing at the same time for both class wins and the overall race win. Up to 60 cars will start the 12-hour timed event on the 3.7-mile Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway.

The 52nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will get the green flag at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, and will be televised live from flag-to-flag by the Speed Channel. The American Le Mans Series Radio Web will have live coverage online at www.americanlemans.com.

Ticket information is available online at www.sebringraceway.com or by calling (863) 655-1442 (toll-free 800-626-RACE).

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Series ALMS
Drivers Joao Barbosa , Rob Barff , Neil Cunningham , Adam Sharpe , Keith Ahlers