Night practice thrills Sebring fans

SEBRING, Fla. (March 14, 2002) -- Race cars sizzled through the darkness Thursday night as American Le Mans Series cars conducted night practice for Saturday's 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, presented by Dodge, at Sebring...

SEBRING, Fla. (March 14, 2002) -- Race cars sizzled through the darkness Thursday night as American Le Mans Series cars conducted night practice for Saturday's 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, presented by Dodge, at Sebring International Raceway.

With thousands of early-arriving fans on hand, the cars that will participate in Saturday's 12-hour sports car endurance race practiced for one hour to give drivers the opportunity to experience night driving conditions to prepare for the race.

With the event starting at 10:30 a.m. and ending 12 hours later, at least four hours of it will be run in darkness.

The Audi R8 of Johnny Herbert, Rinaldo Capello and Christian Pescatori set the fastest time in the night session with a lap of 1:51.059. The Champion Audi of Andy Wallace, Jan Lammers and Stefan Johansson was second-fastest at 1:52.905, while the Panoz LMP-1 of Jan Magnussen, David Brabham and Eric van de Poele was third with a lap of 1:53.105.

Fans had the opportunity to see the American Le Mans Series' revolutionary new position light system utilized in a unique display just for them during the night practice. The lights on the GT cars were turned on for a few laps, then turned off and the GTS car lights were turned on. A few laps later, the GTS lights went off and the LMP 675 lights went on, followed by the LMP 900.

At the end of the practice, all lights were turned on together.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Andy Wallace , Jan Lammers , Johnny Herbert , David Brabham , Stefan Johansson , Rinaldo Capello , Jan Magnussen , Christian Pescatori