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Team Modena Season Starts at Sebring * Strong driver line-up for first endurance challenge of 2007 Team Modena's race season starts this coming weekend with the prestigious Mobil 1 12-Hours of Sebring in Florida. Saturday's [March 17th] race ...

Team Modena Season Starts at Sebring

* Strong driver line-up for first endurance challenge of 2007 Team Modena's race season starts this coming weekend with the prestigious Mobil 1 12-Hours of Sebring in Florida. Saturday's [March 17th] race is one of the most famous endurance races in the world and a stiff test of car and drivers - a perfect opening to the team's 2007 campaign with their Aston Martin DBR9 racecar.

The race will be the first for the team in the US and in the American Le Mans Series, but there is in place for the event a quick and experienced driver line-up that should see the Aston Martin a major force in the GT1 class. Rapid Spaniard Antonio Garcia, one of the drivers who took the car to ninth overall in last year's Le Mans 24-Hours, is with the team again for 2007, and joined by Liz Halliday and Darren Turner.

Liz joins Team Modena for 2007 and her extensive ALMS experience will be a valuable asset in the week long Sebring Meeting. The UK-based American has showed her pace in endurance racing, and he knowledge of the testing Sebring circuit could be key. Darren joins Team Modena for this race and has huge Aston Martin experience and won in the DBR9's race debut in the event in 2005. In addition, Darren gave Team Modena's own highly successful DBR9 - chassis 101 - a win in its very first race later that year, and a repeat performance would be the perfect end to the coming weekend.

"Sebring will be out first race in the US," said Team Principal Graham Schultz, "and something we are all looking forward to. We have been really pleased with the response we have had from everybody there, and have had so much help and support from everyone with the ALMS and at Sebring, it will be good to finally get there and actually meet them.

"It is a tough race held typically in tough conditions, so it will be a challenge for us and our drivers. We are going there with the intention of doing our best and seeing what happens at the end of the 12-hours."

"We just can't wait to start racing again," says team co-owner Rik Bryan, "and I know all our divers are champing at the bit! Racing in the ALMS for the first time is exciting, I saw the last two rounds of last season and it was a very different style of racing.

"We want to be able to show what we can do as a team, and it will be a great test and preparation for the Le Mans 24-Hours. At the very least we get to measure ourselves against the Corvettes and see how good they are!"

-credit: tm

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Series ALMS
Drivers Antonio Garcia , Darren Turner , Liz Halliday