Herta to run alternative-fuel prototype at Sebring

Bryan Herta to race at Sebring in Alternative-Fuel Prototype. BRASELTON, Ga. (March 4, 2003) -- American racing star Bryan Herta will return to action in the American Le Mans Series when he competes in an experimental alternative-fuel Prototype...

Bryan Herta to race at Sebring in Alternative-Fuel Prototype.

BRASELTON, Ga. (March 4, 2003) -- American racing star Bryan Herta will return to action in the American Le Mans Series when he competes in an experimental alternative-fuel Prototype in the Mar. 12-15 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Team Nasamax is entering the world's first wholly renewably fueled Prototype racing car in the Sebring race and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this year. Herta will co-drive with Romain Dumas of France and Robbie Stirling of Canada in the England-based car, making a true international effort for America's oldest sports car race.

The Reynard chassis will be powered by a Cosworth engine that runs on Bio-ethanol, a fuel that is made from agricultural products and does not have the emissions of normal car exhaust. The rest of the starting field of approximately 60 cars at Sebring will run on racing gasoline.

Nasamax, based in Kent, England, a core of experienced scientific and racing personnel, is the combination of more than 18 months of cooperation and research into energy-efficient green technologies.

Herta, from Valencia, Calif., drove in all races on the American Le Mans Series in the 2002 season for the Panoz Motor Sports team. Previously, he had competed in the open-wheel CART Series, where he has two career wins.

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, with the Nasamax car racing in the top LMP 900 Prototype class.

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 brought to you by iCard online at www.americanlemans.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Bryan Herta , Romain Dumas , Robbie Stirling