Sebring pre-event news 2005-03-14

Sebring, FL -- Gates open at 7 am Wednesday for America's premier sports car endurance race, the 53rd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The opening race of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) takes the green flag at 10:45 am on ...

Sebring, FL -- Gates open at 7 am Wednesday for America's premier sports car endurance race, the 53rd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The opening race of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) takes the green flag at 10:45 am on Saturday.

Several thousand spectators are already in line awaiting the official opening of the track, a Sebring tradition that spans five decades. Tickets can still be purchased at the gate and there are numerous camping and viewing options. For more information visit sebringraceway.com or call 800-626-7223.

TESTING BEGINS

The first of two-days of testing in preparation for America's premier sports car race began this morning with the GT classes taking to the famous 3.7-mile, 17-turn circuit.

The controversial Maserati MC12 took its first hot laps this morning along with Aston Martin, Corvette, TVR, Saleen, Porsche and Panoz entries. The exotic Le Mans prototypes, led by defending champion Audi, will test later today.

CLEAR AND WARM FOR 12-HOUR CLASSIC

Long-range weather forecasts are calling for clear and warm conditions for America's oldest and most prestigious sports car race. Temperatures are expected to be in the 70s everyday of race week.

SPRING BRAKE PARTY ZONE

Sebring's popular Spring Brake Party Zone will be bigger and better than ever this year. Live entertainment on the Budweiser stage, beach volleyball, contests and a giant water slide are among the many activities at this Sebring attraction.

FRANK BIELA GOING FOR HISTORIC FOURTH

Audi driver Frank Biela has a good chance of winning his fourth Sebring race, something that has never been accomplished at America's premier sports car endurance race. He is currently tied with Mario Andretti, Phil Hill, Hans Stuck and Olivier Gendebien with three victories. Biela will be driving the Champion Audi R8.

BRIDESMAID NO MORE?

This year's Sebring classic could very well be a duel between the Dyson Racing Lolas and the Pompano Beach Florida-based Champion Audi team. Between them, they have six second place finishes at Sebring, but no victories. Champion has been runner-up the past three years.

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