New cars highlight season opener at Sebring

Sebring, FL -- A stunning array of exotic new cars and world-class drivers are entered for the 51st Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, March 12-15. Headlining the once-around-the-clock classic is Team Bentley, making its first and only ...

Sebring, FL -- A stunning array of exotic new cars and world-class drivers are entered for the 51st Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, March 12-15.

Headlining the once-around-the-clock classic is Team Bentley, making its first and only appearance in North America. The legendary British manufacturer will be debuting a new version of its closed-top Le Mans prototype, driven by an all-star cast of world-class drivers. Two-time Sebring winners Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello will pilot one Bentley with Guy Smith, while a second car will be driven by British aces David Brabham, Mark Blundell and Johnny Herbert.

An exciting new prototype is the Lister Storm LMP, making its world debut. Ian McKellar, Jr., Nicolaus Springer and Jamie Campbell-Walter will drive this entry.

Bentley and Lister will be among 15 entries in the LMP900 category, the premier class of international sports car racing. Audi, Panoz, Reynard, Lola and the American-built Riley & Scott are among the favorites in this category.

Another car making its world debut is the Pagani Zonda GR, an exotic new car entered in the GTS class to challenge Ferrari, Corvette and Dodge Viper entries. Mike Hezemans, Anthony Kumpen and Ricardo Gonzalez will drive this new Italian-built machine.

Several other cars will be making their Sebring debut, including the TVR and Morgan entries from DeWalt Racesport, Vici Racing Lamborghini and the Team Nasamax Reynard Cosworth powered by an experimental new fuel.

The complete Sebring entry can be viewed at IMSAracing.net.

"With over 60 quality entries, this year promises to be another classic," stated Sebring President and GM Tres Stephenson. "Sebring is the only race in North America where fans will be able to see many of these cars. While other road racing series are having difficulty attracting quality fields, the American Le Mans Series brings to Sebring an entry on par with the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans."

Sebring International Raceway has over 400 acres of parking and camping. Gates open at Sebring International Raceway on Wednesday, March 12, and remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday. Tickets can be ordered by calling 800-626-7223. Race fans can visit www.sebringraceway.com for more information.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Johnny Herbert , Rinaldo Capello , Tom Kristensen , Guy Smith , Mark Blundell , Jamie Campbell-Walter , Anthony Kumpen , Mike Hezemans , Ricardo Gonzalez , Nicolaus Springer