Sebring: Event facts, schedule

2004 AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES EVENT FACT SHEET EVENT: 52nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring American Le Mans Series Round 1 of 9 LOCATION: Sebring (FL) International Raceway 3.7-mile road racing circuit (17 turns) WHEN: Saturday, March...

2004 AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES EVENT FACT SHEET

EVENT:
52nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
American Le Mans Series Round 1 of 9

LOCATION:
Sebring (FL) International Raceway
3.7-mile road racing circuit (17 turns)

WHEN:
Saturday, March 20, 2004 - 10:30 a.m. (EST)

LENGTH:
12 hours (timed event)

CARS:
Four classes of American Le Mans Series sports cars:
Le Mans Prototype LMP 1; LMP 2;
Grand Touring Sport (GTS);
Grand Touring (GT).

SANCTION:
International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)

TELEVISION:
SPEED Channel LIVE
Airtime: 10:00 a.m. (EST), Saturday, March 20, 2004

RADIO:
American Le Mans Series Radio Web - www.americanlemans.com

SUPPORT RACES:
SPEED World Challenge;
Star Mazda Series;
Panoz GT Pro Series;
Barber Dodge Pro Series;
SVRA; Cooper Championship Series

SCHEDULE:
Monday, March 15
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Promoter Test Day

Tuesday, March 16
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Promoter Test Day

Wednesday, March 17
9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. ALMS Practice
2:40 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. ALMS Practice

Thursday, March 18
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ALMS Practice
1:50 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. ALMS Qualifying (GTS & GT)
2:30 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. ALMS Qualifying (LMP 1 & 2)
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ALMS Night Practice

Friday, March 19
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ALMS Practice

Saturday, March 20
7:30 a.m. - 7:50 a.m. ALMS Warm-up
10:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. ALMS Race

QUAL. RECORDS:
LMP 900: 1:48.029 (123.300 mph) by Frank Biela, Audi R8, 3/02
LMP 675: 1:50.543 (120.496 mph) by Jonny Kane, Lola EX257-MG, 3/02.
GTS: 1:59.646 (111.320 mph) by Ron Fellows, Chevrolet Corvette C5-R, 3/00.
GT: 2:06.764 (105.077 mph) by Sascha Maassen, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, 3/01.
NOTE: Records only since formation of ALMS in 1999.

2003 TOP 10 AT SEBRING
1. Frank Biela/Marco Werner/Philipp Peter, Audi R8
2. Emanuele Pirro/JJ Lehto/Stefan Johansson, Audi R8
3. Johnny Herbert/David Brabham/Mark Blundell, Bentley Speed 8
4. Tom Kristensen/Guy Smith/Rinaldo Capello, Bentley Speed 8
5. Olivier Beretta/Max Papis/Gunnar Jeannette, Panoz LMP01
6. Mika Salo/Jonny Kane/Perry McCarthy, Audi R8
7. Didier Theys/Eric van de Poole/Fredy Lienhard,Sr., Dallara-MG
8. Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Franck Freon, Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
9. Scott Maxwell/John Graham/ Benjamin Leuenberger, Panoz LMP01
10.Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr, Porsche 911 GT3 RS

2003 CLASS WINNERS AT SEBRING
LMP 900: Frank Biela/Marco Werner/Philipp Peter, Audi R8 (1st overall)
LMP 675: Didier de Radigues/Chad Block/Chris Dyson, Lola EX257-AER MG (18th overall)
GTS: Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Franck Freon, Chevrolet Corvette C5-R (8th overall)
GT: Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr, Porsche 911 GT3 RS (10th overall)

2003 SEBRING RACE STATS
TIME OF RACE: 12 hours, 23.360 seconds
LAPS COMPLETED BY WINNER: 367 for 1,357.90 miles
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 13.493 seconds
LMP 900 AVERAGE SPEED: 113.097 mph
LMP 675 AVERAGE SPEED: 94.184 mph
GTS AVERAGE SPEED: 102.294 mph
GT AVERAGE SPEED: 98.350 mph

PREVIOUS ALMS RACE WINNERS AT SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
1999: JJ Lehto/Tom Kristensen/Jorg Muller, BMW V12 LMR (Prototype), Martin Snow/Patrick Huisman/Melanie Snow, Porsche 911 Turbo (GTS), Kelly Collins/Cort Wagner/Darryl Havens, Porsche 911 RSR (GT)

2000: Frank Biela/Tom Kristensen/Emanuele Pirro, Audi R8 (Prototype), Olivier Beretta/Karl Wendlinger/Dominique Dupuy, Dodge Viper GTS-R (GTS), Dirk Muller/Lucas Luhr, Porsche 911 GT3 R (GT)

2001: Rinaldo Capello/Michele Alboreto/Laurent Aiello, Audi R8 (P900), Oliver Gavin/Terry Borcheller/Franz Konrad, Saleen S7R (GTS), Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr/Emmanuel Collard, Porsche 911 GT3 RS (GT)

2002: Rinaldo Capello/Christian Pescatori/Johnny Herbert, Audi R8 (P900), Jon Field/Duncan Dayton/Michael Durand, MG Lola EX257 (P675), Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Oliver Gavin, Chevrolet Corvette C5-R (GTS), Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr, Porsche 911 GT3 RS (GT)

2003: Frank Biela/Marco Werner/Philipp Peter, Audi R8 (P900/GTP), Didier de Radigues/Chad Block/Chris Dyson, Lola EX257/AER MG (P675), Ron Fellows/Johnny O'Connell/Franck Freon, Chevrolet Corvette C5-R (GTS), Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr, Porsche 911 GT3 RS (GT)

ALMS DRIVER WIN TOTALS AT SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Lucas Luhr, 4; Sascha Maassen, 3; Oliver Gavin, 2; Rinaldo Capello, 2; Ron Fellows, 2; Johnny O'Connell, 2; Tom Kristensen, 2; Frank Biela, 2; Kelly Collins, 1; Cort Wagner, 1; Darryl Havens, 1; Emanuele Pirro, 1; Olivier Berreta,1; Franck Freon, 1; Jorg Muller, 1; Martin Snow, 1; Patrick Huisman, 1; Melanie Snow, 1; Karl Wendlinger, 1; Dominique Dupuy,1; Dirk Muller, 1; Michele Alboreto, 1; Laurent Aiello, 1; Terry Borcheller, 1; Franz Konrad, 1; Emmanuel Collard, 1; Christian Pescatori, 1; Johnny Herbert, 1; Jon Field, 1; Duncan Dayton, 1; Michael Durand, 1; Marco Werner, 1; Philipp Peter, 1; Didier de Radigues, 1; Chad Block, 1; Chris Dyson, 1. (1999-2003 only)

NOTES OF INTEREST
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is the oldest sports car endurance race in the United States, having started in 1952. The Sebring International Raceway was built on the site of a World War II military training airfield. The list of previous winners is a "Who's Who" of international racing history. The race has taken on added importance on the international racing scene because many European teams are using the event to "audition" for an invitation to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

WEBSITES:
The official website of the American Le Mans Series is located at www.americanlemans.com. The website for SIR is www.sebringraceway.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Duncan Dayton , David Brabham , Stefan Johansson , Rinaldo Capello , Didier de Radigues , Tom Kristensen , Dirk Müller , Franz Konrad , Guy Smith , Frank Biela , Didier Theys , Karl Wendlinger , Max Papis , Mika Salo , Christian Pescatori , Laurent Aiello , Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Franck Freon , Emmanuel Collard , Mark Blundell , Jorg Muller , Fredy Lienhard , John Graham , Chad Block , Jon Field , Sascha Maassen , Kelly Collins , Lucas Luhr , Scott Maxwell , Patrick Huisman , Terry Borcheller , Oliver Gavin , Michele Alboreto , Gunnar Jeannette , Jonny Kane , Marco Werner , Michael Durand , Martin Snow , Perry McCarthy , Benjamin Leuenberger , Olivier Beretta , Dominique Dupuy , Philipp Peter , Chris Dyson , Melanie Snow , Emanuele Pirro , JJ Lehto , Cort Wagner