Sebring: Season opener fast facts

51st annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring American Le Mans Series Round 1 of 10 Sebring (FL) International Raceway 3.7-mile road racing circuit (17 turns) Saturday, March 15, 2003 - 10:30 a.m. (EST) 12 hours (timed event) CARS: Four...

51st annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
American Le Mans Series Round 1 of 10

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

Saturday, March 15, 2003 - 10:30 a.m. (EST)
12 hours (timed event)

CARS:
Four classes of American Le Mans Series sports cars: Le Mans Prototype (LMP) 900; LMP 675; 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 15, 2003

Eurosport (Tape delay)
Airtime: 20:00 (Central European Time), March 23, 2003

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; Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship

SCHEDULE:

Monday, March 10
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Promoter Test Day

Tuesday, March 11
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Promoter Test Day

Wednesday, March 12
9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. ALMS Practice
2:40 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. ALMS Practice

Thursday, March 13
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ALMS Practice
1:50 p.m. - 2:15 a.m. ALMS Qualifying (GTS & GT)
2:30 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. ALMS Qualifying (LMP 900 & 675)
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ALMS Night Practice

Friday, March 14
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. ALMS Practice
6:15 p.m. -- 6:45 p.m. ALMS Practice

Saturday, March 15
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.

2002 SEBRING RACE STATS
TIME OF RACE: 12 hours, 1 minute, 11.588 seconds
LAPS COMPLETED BY WINNER: 346 for 1,208.2 miles
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1 lap
LMP 900 AVERAGE SPEED: 106.507 mph
LMP 675 AVERAGE SPEED: 99.309 mph
GTS AVERAGE SPEED: 97.441 mph
GT AVERAGE SPEED: 94.083 mph

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. Former overall winners who are entered in this year's event include two-time winners Stefan Johansson, Tom Kristensen, Rinaldo Capello and Andy Wallace. Other former overall winners entered this year are Frank Biela, JJ Lehto, Didier Theys, Johnny Herbert, Johnny O'Connell and Emanuele Pirro.

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 Andy Wallace , Stefan Johansson , Rinaldo Capello , Frank Biela , Didier Theys , Ron Fellows , Johnny O'Connell , Sascha Maassen , Jonny Kane , Emanuele Pirro , JJ Lehto