Sebring hosts the second round of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
SEBRING, Fla. (March 5, 2014) - Though the historic 3.7-mile Sebring International Raceway notorious for its bravery checking high speed corners and its relentlessly bumpy track surface remains the same, this year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 15 will be a bit different for Michelin. Despite claiming the overall race victory at Sebring for the past 15 consecutive years with technical partners Audi, Peugeot, Porsche and BMW prototypes, a 16th consecutive Michelin win is unlikely.
Amid a year of changes in the sport, one key element that has not changed is Michelin’s commitment to continuously develop innovative tire technologies through competition. “Sebring is a special place for sports car racing and for Michelin,” said Chris Baker, motorsports director for Michelin North America.
“Sebring presents a broad range of technical challenges that help us to develop the braking performance, turn-in and corning power that help our teams in competition and which translate into our latest consumer tires like the MICHELIN® Pilot® Super Sport and the MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport A/S 3,” said Baker. “In addition, absolutely laser-beam-direct lineage to our work here in Sebring can be seen in the new MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 being delivered as original equipment on extremely-focused but street-able cars such as the 991-chassis Porsche 911 GT3, the Ferrari 458 Speciale, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series and--in 2015--the new C7 Corvette Z07 Performance Package. Our track-to-street philosophy doesn't get any more apparent than that.”