EVENT: 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Presented by Dodge American Le Mans Series Round 1 of 10 LOCATION: Sebring (FL) International Raceway 3.7-mile road racing circuit (17 turns) WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 2002 - 10:30 a.m.
EVENT: 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Presented by Dodge
American Le Mans Series Round 1 of 10
LOCATION: Sebring (FL) International Raceway
3.7-mile road racing circuit (17 turns)
WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 2002 - 10:30 a.m. (EST)
LENGTH: 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)
SPEED Channel LIVE
Airtime: 10:30 a.m. (EST), Saturday, March 16, 2002
Eurosport (Tape delay)
Airtime: 20:00 (Central European Time), March 24, 2002
American Le Mans Series Radio Web
SUPPORT RACES: SPEED World Challenge; Star Mazda Series; Panoz GT Pro Series; Barber Dodge Pro Series; Historic Sportscar Racing; Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship
Monday, March 11
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Promoter Test Day
Tuesday, March 12
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Promoter Test Day
Wednesday, March 13
9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. ALMS Practice (all four classes)
2:35 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. ALMS Practice (all four classes)
Thursday, March 14
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ALMS Practice (all four classes)
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. Night Practice (all four classes)
Friday, March 15
9:35 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. ALMS Practice (all four classes)
Saturday, March 16
7:30 a.m. - 7:50 a.m. ALMS Warm-up
10:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. ALMS Race
LMP 900: 1:48.825 (122.390 mph) by Frank Biela, Audi R8, 3/00
LMP 675: 2:01.074 (110.015 mph) by Claudia Huertgen, Lola B2K-Nissan, 3/01.
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.
2001 TOP 10 AT SEBRING
1. Rinaldo Capello/Michele Alboreto/Laurent Aiello, Audi R8
2. Emanuele Pirro/Frank Biela/Tom Kristensen, Audi R8
3. Andy Wallace/Dorsey Schroeder/Ralf Kelleners, Audi R8
4. Stefan Johansson/Guy Smith, Audi R8
5. Jon Field/Rick Sutherland/Duncan Dayton, Lola B2K-Judd
6. Oliver Gavin/Terry Borcheller/Franz Konrad, Saleen S7R
7. Andy Pilgrim/Kelly Collins/Franck Freon, Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
8. Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr/Emmanuel Collard, Porsche 911 GT3 RS
9. Randy Pobst/Christian Menzel/Timo Bernhard, Porsche 911 GT3 RS
10. JJ Lehto/Jorg Muller, BMW M3 GTR
2001 CLASS WINNERS AT SEBRING
LMP 900: Rinaldo Capello/Michele Alboreto/Laurent Aiello, Audi R8 (1st overall)
LMP 675: Claudia Huertgen/Mel Hawkins/Steven Knight, Lola B2K-Nissan (30th overall)
GTS: Oliver Gavin/Terry Borcheller/Franz Konrad, Saleen S7R (6th overall)
GT: Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr/Emmanuel Collard, Porsche 911 GT3 RS (8th overall)
2001 SEBRING RACE STATS
Time Of Race: 12 Hours, 38.122 Seconds
Laps Completed By Winner: 370 For 1369 Miles
Margin Of Victory: .482 Second (Record)
LMP 900 Average Speed: 113.983 mph
LMP 675 Average Speed: 81.674 mph
GTS Average Speed: 102.093 mph
GT Average Speed: 100.330 mph
NOTES OF INTEREST
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, presented by Dodge, 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 and Andy Wallace. Other former overall winners entered this year are Frank Biela, JJ Lehto, Didier Theys, Mauro Baldi, Rinaldo Capello, Johnny O'Connell, Emanuele Pirro and Wayne Taylor. Many former winning cars and drivers will be on hand for 50th anniversary festivities.
WEBSITES: The official websites of the American Le Mans Series and IMSA are located at www.imsaracing.net. The website for SIR is www.sebringraceway.com.